Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen are teaming up for the first-time ever, and they chose to appear in the TV adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s play “The Dresser.”
Starz has tapped veteran actors Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen for their version of “The Dresser,” an adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s 1980 play of the same title which was based on his own experience as a dresser for British actor Sir Donald Wolfit. Hopkins will portray an ailing actor and McKellen will star as his devoted backstage hand and dresser.
The network announced the project at the Television Critics Assosication’s winter press tour on Friday, January 9 in Pasadena. Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik said: “’The Dresser’ is a timeless and poignant story about the relationship between artists, and to have this classic play brought to life on-screen by such acting giants as Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen is thrilling. We are glad to be working in partnership again with the BBC and Colin Callender on this very special project, and to be establishing a relationship with acclaimed theater producer Sonia Friedman.”
Production begins in London later this year.
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