|Hoffman as Dorothy Michaels in Tootsie|
Hoffman, who turns 74 this year, is best known for his versatile acting chops. Papillon, Marathon Man, Midnight Cowboy, Lenny, All the President's Men, Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie, Rain Man, Wag the Dog and Meet the Fockers - just to name a few. Well, La Tootsie has chosen for the first shot out of the directorial gate, Ronald Harwood‘s stage comedy Quartet.
What, pray tell, is Quartet?
Quartet is the story of a group of retired opera singers living in a retirement home, who decide to sing once more at a gala concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday. According to my sources, BBC Films has agreed to back the project with Maggie Smith, Sir Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney attached as the stars of the picture. Additionally, the play's writer - Mr. Harwood, who won an Oscar for his work on Roman Polanski’s The Pianist - is adapting the play for the screen.
This should be big fun! Keep an eye out for more news as it becomes available.