I thought that work had already begun with Xavier Dolan filming his English-language debut starring Jessica Chastain, Kathy Bates, Susan Sarandon and Kit Harington, but I was wrong - apparently that doesn't film until this fall. And so he's just announced that, lest he not make it to one thousand films directed before the age of 30, he's going to spend the time between now and then directing a whole different movie.
It will be called It's Only The End of the World (French title: Juste la fin du Monde) and will it star a bunch of nobodies named Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, Nathalie Baye and Gaspard Ulliel. Who'd want to star at those hunks of wood?
It's based on a play by Jean-Luc Lagarce, which The Playlist describes thusly:
"After 12 years of absence, a writer goes back to his hometown, planning on announcing his upcoming death to his family," it's described. "As resentment soon rewrites the course of the afternoon, fits and feuds unfold, fueled by loneliness and doubt, while all attempts of empathy are sabotaged by people’s incapacity to listen, and love."
I am guessing based off that cast that Ulliel's the writer, and maybe Cassel and Baye are his parents? Cotillard and Seydoux could be sisters? Anyway that's a cast and a half, that is. Go Xavi.