Xavier Dolan (who most recently wrote/directed the hot-blooded Mommy) is already a huge name in Francophone cinema; in order to gain worldwide appeal for his films, he at this point certainly doesn’t need to cast some of the most internationally familiar faces in France all in one film; but he’s also at the point where he absolutely can, and that’s what he’s done for his next project. Between Marion Cotillard, the ever-cherubic Gaspard Ulliel (of A Very Long Engagement), Blue Is the Warmest Color‘s (and soon to be James Bond‘s) Léa Seydoux, Laurence Anyways’ Nathalie Baye, and the face of attractive French villainy, Vincent Cassel, Dolan has assembled an unbeatable cast. The film that’ll have to compete with its towering list of actors is written and directed by the French Canadian wunderkind, titled It’s Only The End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde), and set to begin production next month.
Dolan is also developing his first English-language film, The Death And Life Of John F. Donovan — a satire of celebrity culture that’ll star Kit Harington (more commonly known as Jon Snow) and Jessica Chastain. In a statement, the director noted why End of the World would be shooting first, despite having previously announced Donovan:
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… I thought It’s Only the End of the World could very well bridge the genre chasm between Mommy and John F.
It’s Only the End of the World is based on the 1990 play by Jean-Luc Lagarce, which sees a writer returning to his family after 12 years of estrangement to announce that he’s dying.