Xavier Dolan unveils new one-sheet for his upcoming ensemble drama

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

Jessica Chastain’s contouring is to die for on the first teaser poster for The Death & Life of John F. Donovan.

The two-time Oscar-nominated actress features on the new one-sheet for the upcoming ensemble drama, which marks prolific French-Canadian director (and Cannes Grand Prix recipient) Xavier Dolan’s English-language feature debut.

“She’s up to no good,” the 28-year-old filmmaker wrote on Instagram — where he debuted the stunning image throughout a series of posts — Thursday morning. He later tweeted a similar message with a link to the full poster, additionally hinting at the nefarious intentions of Chastain’s character, who’s previously been described as a ruthless gossip columnist. The film spans multiple time periods as it follows a young actor who, 10 years after the death of an American TV sensation named John F. Donovan, reflects on the written correspondence he conducted with the fallen performer. The title character, portrayed by Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harington, worked on a teen drama called Hellsome High.

Additional cast members include Thandie Newton, playing a reporter interviewing the next-generation actor about his relationship to Donovan, and Jacob Tremblay, who costars as an 11-year-old Hellsome High fan, Rupert, who also writes letters to the program’s cast. Susan Sarandon plays Donovan’s mother, Kathy Bates tackles the role of his manager, and Natalie Portman appears as Rupert’s mother.

“When editing, [during a lengthier shooting break] it became clear that the heart of this film would be the mother-son relationships,” Dolan told Collider in May, referencing similar themes explored in films like Mommy and It’s Only the End of the World, which debuted in competition at Cannes last year. “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.”

A release date for The Death & Life of John F. Donovan has yet to be announced, though a series of preview images were released earlier this year. Check out the film’s new poster above.

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan
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