It has been in the works for ages, but “Mommy” and “Tom at the Farm” filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s latest feature is finally set to have its world premiere. The organisers of the Toronto International Film Festival have confirmed that Dolan’s “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” will finally get its first screening this September at the festival.
The film follows a young actor (Jacob Tremblay) who remembers being a penpal with an older American TV star (Kit Harrington). As he reminisces, he discovers the impact the letters had on both their lives, a decade after the TV star passed. Natalie Portman, Ben Schnetzer, Susan Sarandon, Jared Keeso, Kathy Bates, Thandie Newton, Emily Hampshire, and Sarah Gadon also star.
Jessica Chastain was cast in a key antagonistic role in the film, but her role was cut during the editing process. The project, which is Dolan’s English-language debut, has been the subject of behind-the-scenes drama and speculation. Dolan himself will be seen on screen shortly in both “Boy Erased” later this year and a small but key role in “IT: Chapter Two” next year.
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