News // XAVIER DOLAN'S LONG-AWAITED NEXT FILM TO PREMIERE AT TIFF

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan has been in post-production for over a year.



Wunderkind film director Xavier Dolan will see his latest project, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan finally premiere at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, according to the festival's programmers. The addition comes on the heel's of last week's full lineup announcement.


The film follows a young actor and his years of being a pen pal with an older American TV star. Jacob Tremblay, who broke out in the Oscar-nominated film Room, stars as the young actor. Kit Harrington plays the titular John F. Donovan, the American TV star.


Dolan has assembled a mega-star supporting cast which includes the likes of Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, and Thandie Newton. Jessica Chastain was in the film originally, but her character and the ensuing plot-line were erased during post-production.


As a writer and director, Dolan has amassed quite the following. The young Canadian has seen his recent projects premiere at Cannes and other high profile festivals. He's also worked as an actor, with early roles filling out his childhood in the 90's. He will be seen later this year in Boy Erased and next year's IT: Chapter Two.


Though The Death and Life of John F. Donovan is getting a festival screening, there's still no word on domestic or international distribution Perhaps that will come after its premiere in Toronto.

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