May 01, 2016 08:50 PM EDT By Maria Cabrera

'The Death & Life of John F. Donovan' Cast: Natalie Portman, Jessica Chastain & More

Film also stars Jessica Chastain, Nicholas Hoult, Taylor Kitsch & More .

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  • 'The Death and Life of John F. Donovan' is upcoming film written and directed by French-Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan. The movie, which is Dolan's english-language debut, reportedly tells the story of American movie star, who begins a correspondence with an 11-year-old English actor that becomes public and begins to destroy his career and life due to the assumptions and insinuations of the Hollywood press. The film reportedly explores the hardships of fame and hurdles of the movie business through the lives of both actors and reflects on the issue of identity and diversity in Hollywood over the past decade.

    'The Death and Life of John F. Donovan is set for a 2017 release.
  • Natalie Portman

    Portman is best known for her roles in the 'Star Wars' prequel trilogy, 'Closer', and 'V for Vendetta'. She played leading roles in the historical dramas 'Goya's Ghosts' and 'The Other Boleyn Girl', and also appeared in superhero movie 'Thor' and its sequel. Portman's 2010 performance in 'Black Swan' earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress, a Golden Globe Award, a SAG Award, a BAFTA Award and a BFCA Award.

    Her role in the film is currently unknown.
  • Kit Harington as John F. Donovan

    Harington is most famous for playing Jon Snow in the award-winning HBO television series 'Game of Thrones'. He's also starred in the films 'Pompeii', 'Testament of Youth', and 'Spooks: The Greater Good', and played supporting roles in 'Silent Hill: Revelation' and 'Seventh Son'.
  • Jessica Chastain

    Chastain gained widespread fame as a CIA analysis in 2012's 'Zero Dark Thirty', which earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for Best Actress nomination. She's also starred in the films 'Take Shelter', 'The Tree of Life', and 'The Help' (which earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress). In recent years, she's had roles in 2013's 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby', 2014's 'Interstellar' and 'A Most Violent Year' and 2015's 'The Martian'.

    It's reported that Chastain will play the editor of celebrity-dishing magazine, who targets Donovan as his pen pal relationship is exposed.
  • Bella Thorne

    Thorne first gained notice for roles on the TV shows 'My Own Worst Enemy' and 'Big Love'. She stared in the Disney Channel series 'Shake It Up' and appeared in the films 'Blended' and 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day'. In 2015, she played Madison in 'The Duff' and Amanda in 'Perfect High'. Glamour magazine has called Thorne "a genuine beauty icon".
  • Nicholas Hoult

    Hoult began acting professionally at the age of seven. He first received recognition for 'About a Boy' and was later lauded for his performance as Tony Stonem in the U.K. series 'Skins'.

    Hoult found significant commercial success after landing the role of Beast in the X-Men films and has gone on to projects such as the romantic zombie comedy 'Warm Bodies', the thriller 'Dark Places' and 'Mad Max: Fury Road'. He's set to reprise his role as Beast in this summer's 'X-Men: Apocalypse'.
  • Taylor Kitsch

    Kitsch is best known for his role as Tim Riggins in the TV series 'Friday Night Lights'. He went on to have parts in major Hollywood films like 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine', and 'Battleship'.

    Kitsch eventually napped starring roles in 'John Carter' and 'Savages', as well as a major role in 'Lone Survivor'. Most recently he played Officer Paul Woodrugh in the second season of the HBO series 'True Detective' and had a major part in the HBO movie 'The Normal Heart'.
  • Thandie Newton

    Newton has appeared in several British and American films, including 'The Pursuit of Happyness', 'Mission: Impossible II' and 'Crash', the latter for which she received a number of awards, including a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
  • Susan Sarandon

    Sarandon is an academy-award winning actress, who has been a Hollywood presence since 1970. She's a five-time Emmy Award nominee, for her guest roles on the sitcoms 'Friends' and 'Malcolm in the Middle' and roles in the TV films 'Bernard and Doris' and 'You Don't Know Jack'.

    Her films include 'Pretty Baby', 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show', 'The Witches of Eastwick', 'Bull Durham', Thelma and Louise', 'Little Women', 'Stepmom', 'Igby Goes Down', 'Dead Man Walking', 'Atlantic City', 'Lorenzo's Oil' and 'The Client'.
  • Kathy Bates

    Bates became famous for her performance in the 1990 film 'Misery', for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress and received a Golden Globe. She followed this with major roles in 'Fried Green Tomatoes' and 'Dolores Claiborne' and 'Titanic'.
  • Emily Hampshire

    Hampshire is best known for her role as Angelina in the 1998 romantic comedy 'Boy Meets Girl' and playing Vivienne in 2006 'Snow Cake'.
  • Adele

    British songstress Adele is famous for her two smash albums '21' and '25'. 'The Death and Life of John F. Donovan' director Xavier Dolan directed the video for her hit song 'Hello' and according to Screen Daily, the she's in talks to make her feature film debut in the movie in a small supporting role.
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