09.11.14

Indiewire is reporting that Jessica Chastain has joined Xavier Dolan’s “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” the director’s first English language feature. Dolan describes the film as “the story of an American movie star with everything working out for him who has a secretive correspondence with an 11 year old in London.”

It was this friend of mine — a journalist — who had brought to my attention that Jessica Chastain had seen ‘Mommy’ in Cannes and had liked it and tweeted about it. I went back and scrolled down the tweets and there was this lovely tweet where Jessica was saying that she had liked ‘Mommy.’ It dawned on me that I should ask Jessica about playing the ‘villain’ role in ‘John F. Donovan,’. There is this character of the editor-in-chief of a gossip magazine. The movie really is a satire of the business — more dramatic than humorous. And there’s this antagonistic figure that wants to ruin the lives of ever star, especially that of the lead character in ‘John F. Donovan.’ And I reached out to Jessica and she read the script. She read the script and loved it, and we got along like hotcakes. That’s basically it. I can already foresee all the pleasure we’ll have working together.

“The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” will start shooting in 2015 in Montreal, New York, Miami, England and Eastern Europe.