TORONTO — Quebec actor and filmmaker Xavier Dolan is set to star in The Elephant Song, a big screen adaptation of Canadian writer Nicolas Billon’s play of the same name.
Cameras are expected to roll soon in Montreal with director Charles Binamé.
Dolan, 24, will star opposite veteran Canadian actors Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek) and Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) and U.S. actress Catherine Keener (Enough Said).
The drama follows a psychiatrist investigating the disappearance of his colleague who questions a disturbed patient (Dolan) and finds himself caught in a complex mind game.
The movie is being made on a budget of about $7 million.
Billon’s play debuted in 2004 at the Stratford Festival in Ontario. A native of Ottawa who grew up in Montreal, he also wrote the acclaimed play Greenland. He was a finalist this year for a Governor General’s Award for Drama.
In addition to acting in a number of movies, Dolan has directed such acclaimed films as 2009’s J’ai tué ma mère (I Killed My Mother) and last year’s Laurence Anyways. His latest, Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm), was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
Binamé, 64, is a Belgian-born, Montreal-based director of movies and TV shows who won a Genie Award in 2007 for the biopic Maurice Richard.