Maggie Smith Vehicle "Lady in the Van" Will Open in New York and Los Angeles in December

News   Maggie Smith Vehicle "Lady in the Van" Will Open in New York and Los Angeles in December
 
"The Lady in the Van," the film adaptation of the West End hit penned by Alan Bennett, will arrive on screens Dec. 4 in New York and Los Angeles, according to Deadline.com.

The film, which made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, will then open in limited release Jan. 15, 2016.

Oscar winner Maggie Smith reprises her stage role in the Sony Pictures Classics film, which features direction by Nicholas Hytner.

Smith, a Tony winner for her performance in Lettice and Lovage, and currently popular for playing the Dowager Countess in the TV series "Downton Abbey," plays Miss Mary Shepherd, "an eccentric woman of uncertain origins, who 'temporarily' parked her broken-down van in Bennett’s London driveway — and proceeded to live there for the next 15 years," according to a previous description.

The film casts Alex Jennings as playwright Bennett with Frances de la Tour, Roger Allam, Dominic Cooper, Jim Broadbent and James Corden.

Director Hytner produces along with Damian Jones and Kevin Loader.

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