MONTREAL - Production is set to being next month on Xavier Dolan's next film, a French-language feature starring Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux and Vincent Cassel.

Dolan says he's thrilled to work with such "inspiring talent" on "It's Only the End of the World" (Juste La Fin Du Monde). The Canada-France co-production also stars Nathalie Baye and Gaspard Ulliel.

The film is based on a play by Jean-Luc Lagarce of the same name. It centres on a writer who returns to his hometown, planning to announce his upcoming death to his family.

Dolan says he was introduced to the play many years ago by muse Anne Dorval, whose Dolan credits include "Mommy" and "I Killed My Mother."

The Quebec writer/director says he will shoot the film in late May before starting on his first English-language project, "The Life and Death of John F. Donovan," starring Kit Harington and Jessica Chastain.