Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, Nathalie Baye and Gaspard Ulliel will lead a loaded cast for It’s Only The End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde), written and directed by Cannes-winning Canadian director Xavier Dolan. It looks to be his next pic now as it is set to kick off sales at this year’s Cannes market and likely will begin production next month.
That puts it ahead of shooting Dolan’s English-language debut The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan, the celebrity satire that will star Game Of Thrones’ Kit Harington and Jessica Chastain and had been prepping for a spring shoot. Harington plays the titular American movie star, whose correspondence with an 11-year-old actor living with his mother in England is exposed, prompting ill-founded assumptions that begin to destroy his life and career.
Last year, Dolan’s Mommy took the Grand Jury prize after landing in Cannes’ competition lineup. World is a big-name cast for Dolan, who usually works with Quebecois actors.
“The shooting for John F. Donovan has gotten me really excited but it’s not going before next fall, and I want to be on the ground again before we power the Donovan machine.,” Dolan said in a release. “I thought It’s Only The End Of The World could very well bridge the genre chasm between Mommy and John F.”
Dolan is adapting World from Jean-Luc Lagarce’s play. After 12 years of absence, a writer goes back to his hometown, planning on announcing his upcoming death to his family. As resentment soon rewrites the course of the afternoon, fits and feuds unfold, fuelled by loneliness and doubt, while all attempts of empathy are sabotaged by people’s incapacity to listen, and love.
Entertainment One’s Seville International is handling international sales excluding France where the film is being handled by MK2 and distributed by Diaphana/MK2 (eOne and Les Films Séville will distribute the film throughout Canada and Québec). Sons of Manual’s Nancy Grant and Dolan and MK2’s Nathanaël Karmitz will produce along with Sylvain Corbeil. The pic is a Canada-France co-production through support from Telefilm Canada.