“Goat” and “Warcraft” star Ben Schnetzer has stepped in to replace Nicholas Hoult in “Mommy” filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s much-anticipated first foray into English-language features “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” for Seville International.
Set in the early 2000s, the story centers on the tribulations of an American TV star in his late twenties (Kit Harington) 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.
Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Michael Gambon, Bella Thorne, Thandie Newton, Chris Zylka and Emily Hampshire also star. The project has commenced production in Montreal ahead of filming in Prague, the UK and New York.