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They might both be knights of the British Empire, but Sir Ian McKellen and Sir Anthony Hopkins have never appeared on screen together. Until now, that is.

They both star in The Dresser, a feature-length adaptation of Ronald Harwood‘s 1980 play that’s due to air in May.

It’s set in the backstage of a theater in England during World War II, as bombs fall and sirens wail. Curtain is up in an hour but lead actor Sir (Hopkins) is nowhere to be seen and his dresser, Norman (McKellen), must scramble to keep the production alive. The question of whether Sir will turn up in time is quickly replaced by if he does, will he be able to perform?

Here’s the trailer:

The Dresser is directed by Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal, Iris) and also features Emily Watson (The Theory of Everything, War Horse) as Her Ladyship, Edward Fox (The Day of the Jackal, Edward and Mrs Simpson) as Thornton, and Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) as stage manager Madge.

It will premiere on Monday, May 30 on STARZ.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.