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Dustin Hoffman attached to direct QUARTET

Headline and BBC Films have chosen this yearís Cannes Film Festival to announce QUARTET, a comedy to be directed by multiple-Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman. Academy Award-winning writer Ronald Harwood (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Pianist) penned the script.

Quartet is being produced by Stewart Mackinnon for Headline Pictures and Finola Dwyer at Finola Dwyer Productions. BBC Films has developed the project and will co-finance it, whilst Londonís HanWay Films is handling sales for the film in Cannes. BBC Films previously worked with Dwyer and HanWay on 2009ís acclaimed hit An Education. Jamie Laurenson is executive producing for the BBC.

The producers are in talks with two-time Academy Award winner Maggie Smith, five-time Academy nominee Albert Finney and two-time Academy nominee Tom Courtenay to star.

The comedy follows events culminating in the one-off reunion concert of a once world-famous foursome of opera singers.

The film is slated to shoot later this year on location in the UK.

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Headline Pictures · May 19, 2010

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