Kit Harington is Playing a Marvel-Like Superhero Actor in a New Film With Jessica Chastain, Kathy Bates, & Susan Sarandon

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In a story on The Hollywood Reporter which revealed Kathy Bates and Susan Sarandon were cast in an upcoming film, we found out Kit Harington will also have a part. But not just any part. He’ll play fictional actor John F. Donovan, “famous for playing a Marvel-style superhero — whose life and career are turned upside-down when his private correspondence with an 11-year-old fan is exposed and made to look indecent by a villainous gossip columnist (Jessica Chastain).”

French-Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan will be directing the film called The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. Sarandon will play Harington’s mom while Bates will play his manager.

In his conversation with THR, Dolan, who co-wrote the script for Donovan with fellow Canadian Jacob Tierney (writer-director of 2009’s The Trotsky), went to great lengths to dispel the notion that his new film will be a Hollywood satire, highlighting the fact that not a single scene in Donovan’s script is set in Los Angeles.

“It’s not about Hollywood itself,” explains Dolan. “It’s about the impact Hollywood has on your private life and how it can transform and distort your intimacy with others.”

Dolan says the film will be a very private take on how family, and specifically mothers — both Sarandon’s role as Donovan’s mother and the yet-to-be-cast role of the mother of Donovan’s 11-year-old pen pal — respond to their sons’ fame.

The film will start shooting in Spring of next year, what do you think of the premise?

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