Seville International has announced that acclaimed young filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s first English-language film, “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” has commenced production in Montreal.
Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Ben Schnetzer, Michael Gambon, Bella Thorne, Thandie Newton, Chris Zylka and Emily Hampshire lead the feature which is set in the early 2000s. Harington plays an American TV star in his late twenties who corresponds 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 into a downfall. A decade later, the young actor recollects his relationship with his past idol over the course of an interview.
Shooting will also take place in Prague, the UK and New York. Dolan, Nancy Grant and Lyse Lafontaine will produce.
Source: Entertainment One