Months after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, movie fans are finally getting a look at “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan”.
Starring a large A-list ensemble cast (including Kit Harington, Natalie Portman, Jacob Tremblay, Susan Sarandon, Michael Gambon, Kathy Bates and Thandie Newton) the flick follows youngster Rupert (Tremblay), who becomes pen pals with a Hollywood star (Harington).
While no one believes Rupert’s tales from the letters, he still holds on to them and later shares them with the world, revealing another side to Harington’s character.
Jessica Chastain previously had a role in the flick, but director Xavier Dolan unfortunately had to cut out her part.
“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 announcing his decision. “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.”
The Canadian release date for “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” has yet to be confirmed.