Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates to Join Kit Harington and Jessica Chastain in THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JOHN F. DONOVAN

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Oscar winners Susan Sarandon and Kathy Bates have signed on to join Kit Harington and Jessica Chastain in Xavier Dolan's first English-language film THE DEATH AND LIFE OF JOHN F. DONOVAN.

The film follows "fictional actor John F. Donovan (Kit Harington) - 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 (Jessica Chastain).

Bates is being slated for the role of Donovan's high-powered manager, while Sarandon will play Harington's mother."

Bates' stage credits include Broadway productions of 'night Mother, Come Back to the 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Fifth of July and Goodbye Fidel. She also played the role of Miss Hannigan in Disney's television version of the musical Annie.

The Academy Award-winning has also starred in TITANIC, FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, and more. On television, Bates lead NBC's HARRY'S LAW, and appeared on THE OFFICE, as well as TWO AND A HALF MEN.

Sarandon has appeared on TV in episodes of Rescue Me, ER, Friends and 30 Rock. The actress most recently appeared on Broadway in the critically acclaimed production of 'Exit The King', along with co-starsGeoffrey Rush,Lauren Ambrose, Andrea Martin, William Sadler and Brian Hutchison. The Eugene Ionesco's classic comedy was directed by Neil Armfield, and translated by Armfield and Rush. She received Drama Desk nominations for her roles in the Off-Broadway productions of Extremities and A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking and also starred in The Exonerated Off-Broadway and The Guys Off-Off Broadway. She appeared on Broadway in Gore Vidal's controversial ensemble piece, An Evening with Richard Nixon, in 1972.

Sarandon won an Academy Award for her performance in Dead Man Walking. She received a 2008 Golden Globe nomination and a 2008 Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for her performance as Doris Duke in the HBO film "Bernard and Doris." She received Academy Award nominations for her roles in Atlantic City, Thelma and Louise, Lorenzo's Oil and The Client.

Photo by Walter McBride

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