“I had just turned 11,” the now-grown Rupert Turner recalls. “The kids at school were mocking for me being a new guy. My mom and I were barely speaking anymore. All my dreams had disappeared.”
Here’s the first trailer for The Death & Life of John F. Donovan, director Xavier Dolan’s English-language debut that had its world premiere at Toronto in September. Its formidable cast includes Kit Harington, Natalie Portman, Jacob Tremblay, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Thandie Newton, Ben Schnetzer, Emily Hampshire and Sarah Gadon.
Here’s how it plays out: Heartthrob film and TV star John F. Donovan (Harington) died alone and unexpectedly following a series of scandals. One particular fan, 11-year-old Rupert Turner (Tremblay), has some singular insight because he and Donovan were secret pen pals for five years. The adult Rupert (Schnetzer) writes a book as an adult about his experiences, providing rare look into one man’s life.
Michael Gambon narrates the R-rated film Dolan co-wrote with Jacob Tierney.
Entertainment One drama opens the film in theaters December 13; it hits VOD the same day. Have a look at the trailer above and the key art below, and tell us what you think.
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