Dustin Hoffman, one of America’s greatest actors, is ready to put on his Director’s hat and go behind the cameras for the first time in his career. According to The Hollywood Reporter the two-time Oscar winner will be directing a film adaptation of Ronald Harwood‘s stage play Quartet, that is set to open in 2012.
The story centers on a group of former opera singers now residing in a retirement home. It looks like Hoffman is putting together a powerful and outstanding cast for his directorial debut.
So far the cast of Quartet includes some big names like Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, and Billy Connolly as well as Tom Courtenay. These are some of the finest actors that the UK has to offer. Given that he is an incredible actor himself, who’s been in the movie business for so long, it makes sense that actors such as Smith and Gambon, would agree to be in Quartet considering the clout that Hoffman possesses in the industry.
Taking into consideration the powerhouse of iconic actors in this film, includingMr. Hoffman in the director’s chair, the distribution for this film should be a piece of cake when marketing the film worldwide. Even though Quartet is still in pre-production stage, the film has already landed distribution deals in Australia, Eastern Europe, Asia and several other regions around the world.
Ronald Harwood, is the three time nominee, Academy Award winning writer ofThe Piano, and a four time nominee for BAFTA awards, wining for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
72 -years old Hoffman has now joined a select list of A List Actor/Directors with the likes of Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, Warren Beatty, Kevin Costner andRobert Redford!
Hoffman starts production of Quartet in Buckinghamshire this week and will be in English territory through November.
By Larry Yepez Jr.