Collider has revealed a batch of first look images for Xavier Dolan’s English language debut The Death and Life of John F. Donovan featuring Kit Harington, Kathy Bates, Susan Sarandon, Jessica Chastain, Jacob Tremblay, Natalie Portman, Jared Keeso, Susie Almgren; take a look below…
Meanwhile, speaking to the site, the director discussed the themes of the upcoming drama and the effect of social media on modern society:
“When editing, [during a lengthier shooting break] it became clear that the heart of this film would be the mother-son relationships,” Dolan said. “And you, know that realization didn’t bother me. I could spend the rest of my life talking about mothers and sons and still be making a completely different movie than the last. It’s the story of a child who worships an actor, Kit’s the fictional hero, and my movie and [Hellsome] is built around specific tropes of American cinema, such as a superhero and a villain.”
“Social media facilitates hatred, violence, racism, homophobia, xenophobia and all of that,” Dolan continued. “That is, in my opinion, what it truly facilitates. It’s becoming more and more difficult to express yourself without risking offending people, for your choices, your behaviors to be mistaken and misinterpreted.”
A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces the written correspondence he once shared with the former, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan features a cast that also includes Thandie Newton, Bella Thorne, Sarah Gadon, Michael Gambon, and Ben Schnetzer. It is expected for release in 2018.