Xavier Dolan reveals trailer for English-language debut after long wait

Kit Harington stars in Xavier Dolan's 'The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.'. Shayne Laverdiere/eOne Films

Montreal actor-director Xavier Dolan says a release date has been set for The Death and Life of John. F Donovan in France, but no word yet on when it will hit theatres in Canada or the rest of the world.

Dolan posted a trailer of his first English-language film on Instagram on Friday, which features a star-studded cast including Kit Harington, Jacob Tremblay, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates and Thandie Newton.

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He says in the post that the project has been a labour of “love and perseverance” and that he has no knowledge nor control of when the film will be released in other countries.

A spokesperson for eOne says a Canadian release date has not been confirmed.

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Dolan thanked French distributor Mars Films for believing in him and the film, which hits the big screen in France on March 13, and their “unfaltering” support for the project despite the wait.

The Death and Life of John. F Donovan in France had its world premiere at TIFF in September.

“Please know that my only wish since the very beginning of this adventure was to share everything with you. And never to hold back,” Dolan wrote. “It’s yours.”

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