Mars Films has revealed the international trailer for The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, which had its world premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival. The drama stars Kit Harington, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Ben Schnetzer, Michael Gambon, Amara Karan, Thandie Newton, Chris Zylka, Emily Hampshire, and Jacob Tremblay.
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan is a Canadian drama co-written, co-produced, and directed by Xavier Dolan in his English-language debut.
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan takes place in the early 2000s and centers on the tribulations of an American TV star in his late twenties (Harington) and his correspondence with Rupert Turner, a young actor-to-be living with his mother in England. Their lives take dramatic turns when the existence of their pen pal relationship is publicly exposed, eliciting the most ill-founded assumptions, and sending Donovan in a vertical downfall. A decade later, the young actor recollects his relationship with his past idol over the course of an interview.
Lyse Lafontaine of Lyla Films (Laurence Anyways) and Xavier Dolan and Nancy Grant of Sons of Manual (Mommy, Tom at the Farm, I Killed My Mother) produced the film along with executive producer Joe Iacono.