Susan Sarandon Xavier Dolan's first English project

  • PTI, Los Angeles
  • Updated: Dec 10, 2014 14:09 IST

Oscar-winning actors Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates have been roped in to be a part of Mommy writer-director Xavier Dolan's debut English-language film.

The Death and Life of John F Donovan tells the story of fictional actor 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, said the Hollywood Reporter.

Bates, 66, is being slated for the role of Donovan's high-powered manager, while Sarandon, 68, will play Harington's mother.
"I'm so psyched about working with these two wonderful, mythical actors. My excitement is almost convulsive," Dolan said.

Dolan said both the actors were his first choice for the roles.

The filmmaker has been a favorite on the festival circuit ever since his first feature, I Killed My Mother — made when the actor-turned-filmmaker was only 19 years old — took top honours in the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes.

But it's Dolan's fifth feature, Mommy, set to be released on January 23.

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