Maggie Smith Vehicle "Lady in the Van" Opens Across U.S. Today; Watch the Trailer | Playbill

News Maggie Smith Vehicle "Lady in the Van" Opens Across U.S. Today; Watch the Trailer "The Lady in the Van," the film adaptation of the West End hit penned by Alan Bennett, had a limited release in New York and Los Angeles starting Dec. 4, 2015, to make the film and its cast, led by Maggie Smith, eligible for the 2016 Oscars. The film, which was not nominated, opens across the U.S. Jan. 15.

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

The film made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September and its U.S. premiere at the Hamptons International Film Festival Oct. 9. Smith was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Best Actress.

See the official trailer for the film:

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

Director Hytner produced along with Damian Jones and Kevin Loader.

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