Xavier Dolan’s ‘The Death and Life of John F. Donovan’ With Jessica Chastain Sets Spring Start, Synopsis Revealed

Xavier Dolan's 'The Death and Life of John F. Donovan' With Jessica Chastain Sets Spring Start, Synopsis Revealed
Xavier Dolan's 'The Death and Life of John F. Donovan' With Jessica Chastain Sets Spring Start, Synopsis Revealed

While we anxiously await Xavier Dolan‘s next film, the already wrapped “It’s Only The End Of The World” starring Marion CotillardLéa Seydoux, and Vincent Cassel, the filmmaker continues to keep himself busy. He was recently behind the camera for Adele‘s “Hello,” and in case you forgot, he’s got another movie that’s been brewing for a while, and now it’s gearing up to get in front of cameras next spring.

Entertainment One’s Seville International, Les Films Séville, Lyla Films and Sons of Manual have announced this morning that “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” starring Jessica Chastain and Kit Harington will roll in 2016. Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates have also joined the film which follows a young actor, 10 years after the death of an American TV star he corresponded with as a teenager, who recollects the pen-pal relationship he used to have with his past idol. The film explores the hardships of fame and hurdles of the movie business through the lives of both, now and then, and reflects on the issue of identity and diversity in Hollywood over the past decade.

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“I’ve been meaning to tell that story for a long time – before I wrote ‘I Killed My Mother.’ It always is precarious to venture into movies on movies. Everyone scowls when they hear about the next movie on the business. But this isn’t a movie on the business. It is a movie about a man trying to make it, trying to live his dream and his life all at once, and being told that he basically can’t. It also is about a kid dreaming of having this man’s life for all the wrong reasons, not realizing how painful it actually is. I was that kid, writing love letters to actors – as a matter of fact it seems like I still am. And that story is a tribute to both the kid I was and the idols of my childhood – some died, some just disappeared without a trace, because they didn’t fit,” Dolan said in a statement.
“There were moments of doubt where I thought I couldn’t make that film, or tell that story,” he added. “But it is so deeply anchored within me and such an important part of the past years of my life spent witnessing all the peculiarities, contradictions, inequities and phobias of this business that I realized I just had to make this movie, no matter what. And dye Jessica’s hair carmine red, asap.”

Can’t wait to see how this one turns out, and as for ‘End Of The World,’ I’d put good money on Cannes premiere next spring.

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