True to his reputation as Canada’s most precocious filmmaker, Xavier Dolan is already hard at work on his next film – that’s before his latest, Mommy, has even been released. And judging by what we’ve heard, it’s the 25-year-old director’s most ambitious work to date. Here are eight things we already know about The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.
1.) It will be his sixth feature-length film.
For those with awful memory, a quick re-cap of the others: I Killed My Mother, Heartbeats, Laurence Anyways, Tom At the Farm, Mommy.
2.) It will be the French-Canadian director’s first English language film.
Anyone who follows him on Instagram will know his grasp of the English language is better than most.
3.) It’s about the American film industry.
The story follows a Hollywood star whose correspondence with an 11-year-old boy in London is leaked to the media, and soon he becomes the target of fictional tabloid mag The Gossip, headed by one mean, ruthless editor.
4.) The film stars Hollywood A-listers.
Featuring big names Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Susan Sarandon.
5.) Jessica Chastain plays a “full on bitch”.
In an interview with Indiewire, Dolan reveals Chastain’s character (the aforementioned editor of The Gossip) to be “a mega tricky villain.”
6.) The film is based on Dolan’s own experience of mailing Leonardo DiCaprio as a kid.
7.) The film’s deeper meaning is about how stardom affects privacy.
"Well it is a sort of reflection on Hollywood's impact in the modern artist's life, the actor's life, the people from the industry. It's a sort of take on how it affects privacy. But it's not a satire.’
8.) The film is still in pre-production.
The shoot will last 75 days, and there’s a possibility it could surface in late 2015.