Maggie Smith, Pauline Collins, Tom Courtenay Among Cast of Dustin Hoffman-Directed "Quartet"

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Tony Award winners Maggie Smith (Lettice and Lovage) and Pauline Collins (Shirley Valentine), as well as Tony nominees Tom Courtenay (The Dresser) and Michael Gambon (Skylight) have been cast in the upcoming film adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s Quartet, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay

Award-winning actor Dustin Hoffman will direct the upcoming project that will also feature Olivier Award winner Sheridan Smith (Legally Blonde) and Billy Connolly.

"Quartet," based on Harwood's 1999 play of the same name, will begin production this week and is set to shoot for nine weeks.

The story centers on an elderly group who live in a home for retired opera singers. Every year on composer Giuseppe Verdi's birthday, the residents unite for a fundraiser concert. However, when a new resident arrives, the balance of the group is thrown off.

"Quartet" is produced by Finola Dwyer and Stewart Mackinnon.

Hoffman was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in The Merchant of Venice. He was also seen on Broadway in Death of a Salesman, Jimmy Shine and A Cook for Mr. General. He won Academy Awards for his performances in "Kramer vs. Kramer" and "Rain Man." His other film work includes "Midnight Cowboy," "All the President's Men," "Tootsie," "Wag the Dog" and "Meet the Fockers," among others.

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