Canadian director Xavier Dolan is making a tough call that affects Jessica Chastain.
Chastain shared the news with her fans on Instagram on Monday that she’d been informed Dolan had made the difficult decision to cut her performance from the upcoming film “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan”.
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Darlings there's some #johnfdonovan news. Don't worry, I was informed in advance of this letter. This has been handled with the upmost respect and love. @xavierdolan – I am always impressed with your true committment to telling a story. To be an artist in each moment, you move beyond past ideas and expectations. I love you dearly and look forward to our future collaborations in life and art. 💖 repost from @xavierdolan Please bare with me and read. Perhaps not the news you were waiting for, but something I had to tell you nonetheless. I will have other kind of information over the next few weeks. Please don’t doubt my eagerness to share The Death and Life of John F. Donovan with you. – XD
In her post, Chastain made clear that she was told in advance about the decision, and that she still supports the film and looks “forward to out future collaborations in life and art.”
Dolan, 28, revealed Sunday he was cutting Chastain from the star-studded upcoming movie “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” but insists it “has nothing to do with” the actress’ performance.
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Please bear with me and read. Perhaps not the news you were waiting for, but something I had to tell you nonetheless. I will have other kind of information over the next few weeks. Please don’t doubt my eagerness to share The Death and Life of John F. Donovan with you. – XD
“What you need to hear from me is that Jessica Chastain’s character, after what was a long period of reflection, had to be cut from the film,” Dolan wrote Saturday on Instagram. “It was an extremely difficult decision to make. I feel, toward Jessica, a very sincere love, and a great admiration.”
“The decision was editorial and narrative, in that it has nothing to do with a performance and everything to do with a character, and the compatibility of its storyline.”
“This ‘villain’ subplot, albeit funny and entertaining, didn’t feel like it belonged to the rest of the story, which ended up not being on heroes or their nemesis, but rather on childhood, and its dreams,” Dolan continued.
“Jessica has, since the very beginning, defended this project, and defended me on so many occasions,” he expressed. “She is a terrific actress, a politically engaged artist, what is more, who relentlessly champions the causes she believes in. She is respected by her peers, and beloved by her public.”
The upcoming drama movie still boasts an impressive cast, with “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington in the lead role, plus performances from Vancouver’s Jacob Tremblay, Natalie Portman, Bella Thorne, and Susan Sarandon.