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Deadline has revealed that Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult and Thandie Newton have signed on to appear in The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, the upcoming English language debut of writer-director Xavier Dolan.
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan follows “the tribulations of John F. Donovan, 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.”
- Gary Collinson
Xavier Dolan’s ensemble cast for The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan gets more impressive by the minute. Up until now, the 26-year-old director has pulled together the likes of Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Michael Gambon, Bella Thorne, Chris Zylka, True Detective star Taylor Kitsch and Emily Hampshire, and today that lineup has made room for three more.
Word comes by way of Deadline, revealing that Natalie Portman, Thandie Newton and Nicholas Hoult have all inked a deal to feature in Dolan’s English-language debut. Taking up the mantle of the title role is Game of Thrones alum Harington, as The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan orbits around one Hollywood star who finds his career hanging by a thread amid accusations of his correspondence with an 11-year-old actor.
Unfolding in the early 2000s, Dolan’s feature will then jump to to an »
- Michael Briers
After completing work on his Marion Cotillard-led drama It’s Only the End of the World, which we’ll hopefully see at Cannes, Xavier Dolan is now getting ready to shoot his follow-up, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, this spring. With Jessica Chastain, Kit Harrington, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, and even Adele taking part, the cast has now expanded further.
Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult, Thandie Newton, Michael Gambon, Bella Thorne, Chris Zylka and Emily Hampshire have all joined the drama, according to Deadline. Technically a period piece as it partially takes place in the early 2000s, it delves into themes of identity and fame in showbiz, and focuses on a young actor reminiscing on a past pen pal relationship with his American TV idol. Describing the film, Dolan said, “It is a movie about a man trying to make it, trying to live his dream and his life all at once, »
- Jordan Raup
Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult and Thandie Newton have joined the ensemble cast of "Mommy" and "Tom at the Farm" director Xavier Dolan's first English-language project "The Death and Life of John F. Donovan".
The story follows a young actor who recalls his pen-pal relationship with his American TV idol (Harington) who died a decade earlier. The film will explore the hardships of fame and hurdles of the movie business.
Dolan's recently finished up "It's Only the End of the World" which is scheduled for release later this year.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Seville International is selling the film at the Berlin Film Festival with the exception of France, where the producers will jointly handle the rights with Seville International, and in the U.S., where the film will be jointly handled by CAA; eOne and Les Films Seville will directly distribute in Canada.
The film will focus on a young actor who recalls his pen-pal relationship with his American TV idol — played by Harrington — who died 10 years earlier, exploring the hardships of fame and hurdles of the movie business. »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult and Thandie Newton have boarded the already-starry cast of Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan’s English-language debut The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan. The trio join the previously announced Kit Harington, Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Michael Gambon, Bella Thorne, Chris Zylka and Emily Hampshire. It is a measure of Dolan’s pulling power with talent that the 26-year-old has assembled such an impressive… »
Exclusive: Bill Sage (American Psycho) has been cast as the lead in Welcome To Willits alongside Dolph Lundgren (The Expendables), Anastasia Baranova (Z Nation) and Sabina Gadecki (Entourage). Joining them in supporting roles are Rory Culkin (Scream 4), Thomas Dekker (A Nightmare On Elm Street), Chris Zylka ( The Leftovers), Garrett Clayton (Teen Beach Movie), Karrueche Tran and Keelin Woodell. Adapted from the SXSW 2015 short Welcome to Willits: After Sundown… »
The Wrap has the scoop, revealing that news broke mere hours before Bell’s Carnage Park made its bow at Sundance Film Festival. Joining the likes of Melissa Leo, Dianna Agron and Margaret Qualley for Novitiate, which is a term used to describe the process of spiritual training before becoming an active member of a religious institution, it’s understood that Bell will step into the graceful shoes of Sister Margaret.
Set against the 1960s, Maggie Betts’ first foray as a director weaves a story about the personal pressures associated with a life of pure devotion to the Catholic church, the sacrifices it entails, and ultimately how it impacts a woman’s ability to love. One of the main driving forces of the drama, though, is when Qualley »
- Michael Briers
8 items from 2016
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