Adele in Talks to Star in Xavier Dolan’s ‘The Death and Life of John F. Donovan’
Pop songstress Adele and French-Canadian wunderkind filmmaker Xavier Dolan turned out to be a match made in heaven. They collaborated on the buzzy video for Adele’s new single “Hello” and their artistic sensibilities blended perfectly; the heightened emotionality of Dolan’s intimate photography (and that flip phone!) complementing the tissue-dampening poignancy of Adele’s music perfectly. Evidently, they got along pretty well off-stage, too. A new report from Deadline indicates that Adele is “in talks” (entertainment-publication code for “maybe happening, maybe not, we’re not 100% sure yet but wanted to get this out there anyway”) to make an appearance in Dolan’s upcoming feature film.
The Death and Life of John F. Donovan is set to be Dolan’s first English-language feature and highest-profile release to date. He’s already wrangled a cast list well-stocked with A-list talent, including Jessica Chastain, Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington, Kathy Bates, and Susan Sarandon. The film will find a release some time after It’s Only the End of the World, Dolan’s next film, scheduled for a 2016 premiere. Dolan’s already offered up the following plot synopsis for this tantalizing project:
10 years after the death of an American TV star he corresponded with as a teenager, a young actor recollects the pen-pal relationship he used to have with his past idol. The film explores the hardships of fame and hurdles of the movie business through the lives of both, now and then, and reflects on the issue of identity and diversity in Hollywood over the past decade.
At the present time, there’s no word on what purpose Adele’s presence in the film might serve. Perhaps she’d appear as herself? That could be neat. But audiences can rest assured that no matter what role she takes in the film, Dolan will be right up in her grill, shooting in adoring close-up, coaxing tears out of our ugly-crying faces.