Natalie Joins Next Xavier Dolan Film

By February 10, 2016Featured-news, Nat-news

Natalie’s busy schedule shows no signs of slowing down as it has been announced that she will be in Xavier Dolan’s next film, alongside Jessica Chastain, Kit Harrington, Susan Sarandon, Taylor Kitsch, Kathy Bates, Thandie Newton and Nicholas Hoult. Xavier is a bit of a prodigy, having been recognized at Cannes as a 19 year old filmmaker. He has been prolific and this film, titled The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, will be his first English language film.

You might remember Natalie was spotted with Xavier at Cannes last year.


I have always wanted to catch up with his work but haven’t found the time. Now I have a good excuse. Oh, but almost everyone has seen him direct as he filmed Adele’s music video for Hello.

This is further evidence of a new strategy to work with some of the most talented and exciting young directors around.

Planetarium sees Natalie working with Rebecca Zlotowski, fresh off her highly acclaimed second film, Grand Central.
Annihilation will have Natalie working with Alex Garland, whose first film Ex Machina is considered one of the best sci-fi films in years.
Jackie has Natalie working with Pablo Larrain, who is the most experienced although his string of critical successes have come outside the Hollywood system. His new film The Club was nominated for a Golden Globe and already has 14 awards to its name.
And On The Basis of Sex was due to be directed by Marielle Heller, who has one brilliant film to her name, Diary of a Teenage Girl.

Xavier Dolan makes that five different nationalities but here is the really interesting part – all five are writer-directors.

View the synopsis after the jump.

The film takes place in the early 2000’s 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.


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  • Nina says:

    It’s exciting that’s she’s working with up and coming directors but I feel like this new movie will only be a tiny part like her role in Knight of Cups. Her career lately has taugh me to be cautiously optimistic.

  • Kitten says:

    I am quite excited about the next part of her career, Planetarium sounds intriguing, Jackie could be brilliant, really excited for Annihilation, the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic bio and now this movie they all sound really good,her career seems to be taking off again. I think it will be a small part too, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it is a bad thing it could be a brilliant role, plenty of films have small roles that become iconic, I personally would prefer a small role with a fantastic performance, than a lead role with a bland or disappointing character or performance, saying that if it is a lead role all the better 😉

  • Nina says:

    It’s not a bad thing. I just personally would like her to be in more lead roles…that are not biopics. I’m optimistic about Planetarium. Hopefully Natalie can deliver. With Jackie, although she’s working with Pablo Larrain I’m not really interested in the story.

  • Aurore says:

    Really happy with this news, even if course it will be for a small role. I love Xavier Dolan is a brillant director/writer !
    And for its other roles just let’s hope that none of it turn like Jane got a gun, I think on paper and with the initial cast and director it could have been brillant.

  • Elin says:

    I’m not too impressed with Xavier Dolan’s work so far. It often seems a bit pretentious, like he’s trying too hard to make it meaningful. Of course it’s impressive he’s managed to make so much at such a young age and people seem to really respond to his stuff, but it wasn’t my taste. I’ll watch it for Natalie though 😉