Dustin Hoffman’s Quartet arrives in the UK in January 2013.
We know that Dustin Hoffman fella can act but it seems he’s been busy behind the cameras as well.
If you’re wondering whether his skills as a director are as good as his skills at pretending, it won’t be long before we get to find out. Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet opens in UK cinemas on 1 January 2013.
He’s not the only one on the project with a shiny bald statue, as Oscar winner Sir Ronald Harwood (The Pianist) has written the screenplay. Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey) – who has been nominated six times and has won two Oscars – also plays the female lead.
Tom Courtenay (The Dresser, Doctor Zhivago), Billy Connolly (Mrs. Brown), Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine), Sheridan Smith (Hysteria, Gavin & Stacey) and Michael Gambon (the Harry Potter series) also star.
Lifelong friends Wilf (Billy Connolly) and Reggie (Tom Courtenay), together with former colleague Cissy (Pauline Collins), are residents of Beecham House, a home for retired opera singers. Every year on Giuseppe Verdi’s birthday, the residents unite to give a concert to raise funds for their home.
But when Jean Horton (Maggie Smith), a former grande dame of the opera fallen on hard times, also Reggie’s ex-wife and the fourth and most celebrated member of their former quartet, moves into the home to everyone’s surprise, the plans for this year’s concert start to unravel.
As old grudges threaten to undermine past glories and theatrical temperaments play havoc with the rehearsal schedule, it becomes apparent that having four of the finest singers in English operatic history under one roof offers no guarantee that the show will go on.
Quartet will be released in UK cinemas nationwide on 1 January, 2013 and in US cinemas on 28 December, 2012.