Mommy writer-director Xavier Dolan's first English-language film, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, has added another major star to its lineup: Natalie Portman.
Nicholas Hoult and Thandie Newton have also joined the film, which stars Kit Harington as an actor whose life and career are turned upside-down when his private correspondence with an 11-year-old fan is exposed and made to look indecent by a villainous gossip columnist, played by Jessica Chastain.
Seville International is shopping John Donovan to foreign buyers at the Berlin Film Festival's European Film Market, which gets underway this week. Chastain and Harington have been attached to the high-profile project for more than a year. Other actors already set to star in the indie film include Kathy Bates and Susan Sarandon.
Dolan has been a favorite on the festival circuit ever since his first feature, I Killed My Mother — made when the actor-turned-filmmaker was only 19-years-old — took top honors in the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. But it’s Dolan’s fifth feature, Mommy, that was his first film to break through to a wider audience.
Portman is represented by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment. Newton is repped by WME and Untitled Entertainment; Hoult by UTA.
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