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Joanna Lumley has signed up for a suitably classy role in Falling for Figaro, a romantic comedy movie set in the highly competitive world of opera singing competitions.

The Absolutely Fabulous actress will play the elegantly-named Meghan Geoffrey-Bishop, a former opera diva who is now a world-renowned singing teacher with very high standards.

Directed by Ben Lewin (The Sessions), the movie will follow a romance that blossoms between two of her pupils, Max and Millie.

Danielle Macdonald (Patti Cake$, Dumplin’) has been cast as Millie, a financier who decides to leave her lucrative but un-stimulating job and pursue her life’s dream of becoming an opera singer in the Scottish Highlands.

According to Deadline, the movie will feature music from world-famous operas including The Barber Of Seville, The Marriage Of Figaro, Don Giovanni, Romeo and Juliet, and Carmen. Shooting is due to start in early December in Scotland.

“Against a backdrop of the most beautiful music ever written for the human voice, Falling for Figaro is both delightfully entertaining and intensely romantic,” director Ben Lewin said in a statement. “My intention is to draw audiences into an irresistible story of love and humility and, much like opera itself, tell a story full of drama, wit and passion.”

Lumley hosted the BAFTA Film Awards earlier this year. Her recent movie appearances include Paddington 2, Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Check her out below, sharing a memorable anecdote from the latter’s set on The Graham Norton Show.

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By Nick Levine