Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins team up for the made-for-TV adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s play The Dresser, reports Variety.
The 120-minute movie, co-produced by Starz and BBC, follows an aging actor (Hopkins) and his faithful personal assistant (McKellen) as they attempt to put on a stage production of Shakespeare’s King Lear during WWII.
Filming began at the end of February with McKellen tweeting his excitement:
After 2 very entertaining weeks rehearsing, Anthony Hopkins and I begin filming “The Dresser” for BBC today. pic.twitter.com/7AK57eelaQ
— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) February 23, 2015
Variety recently announced that Emily Watson (The Theory of Everything) will be joining McKellen and Hopkins on screen as Madge, the stage manager. English director Richard Eyre is heading the production, based on the original play’s script versus the screenplay Harwood penned for the 1983 feature film starring Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay.
The TV broadcast is scheduled for 2015, but an exact date is yet to be announced.
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