2/10/2016

Xavier Dolan Adds Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult, And Thandie Newton To 'The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan'


Xavier Dolan (Mommy) is pulling out the big guns for his English-language debut, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. He's already lined up Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, Taylor Kitsch, Bella Thorne, Emily Hampshire, Michael Gambon, Adele, Susan Sarandon, and Kathy Bates for the film on celebrity culture, and now the cast has gotten even starrier.

According to Deadline, Natalie Portman, Thandie Newton, and Nicholas Hoult have joined the film, "which 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."

First up for Dolan is It's Only the End of the World, which stars Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux, and Vincent Cassel, another example of the star power he's able to command.