Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult and Thandie Newton have joined Xavier Dolan's first English-language film, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.
Only 26, Dolan (Mommy, I Killed My Mother, Tom at the Farm) has experienced a a tidal wave of success. He modeled for Louis Vuitton's fall and spring campaigns, directed Adele's record-breaking video for "Hello" and became the youngest person to join the Cannes Film Festival jury panel.
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan will be a star studded affair, also featuring Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Michael Gambon, Bella Thorne, Chris Zylka and Emily Hampshire.
The film takes place in the early 2000s and centers on the tribulations of John F Donovan (Harington), an American TV star in his late 20s, and his correspondence with Rupert Turner, a young actor-to-be living with his mother in England. Their lives take dramatic turns when the existence of their pen pal relationship is publicly exposed, eliciting the most ill-founded assumptions and sending Donovan in a vertical downfall. A decade later, the young actor recollects his relationship with his past idol over the course of an interview.
And Dolan is already prepping for his next film, which will see him return to his French-language roots. It's Only the End of the World will feature Marion Cotillard, Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux.