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Starz to Co-Produce Anthony Hopkins, Ian McKellen Film ‘The Dresser’

TCA 2015: Adaptation of Ronald Harwood play will begin production in London this year

Starz will co-produce the movie “The Dresser,” which will feature legendary actors Anthony Hopkins and Ian McKellen performing together for the first time.

The film, a co-production between Starz and BBC, will be directed by Richard Eyre (“Notes on a Scandal”), with Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment and Sonia Friedman Productions also producing, with Callender and Friedman serving as executive producers.

“The Dresser,” an adaptation of the Ronald Harwood play, is set against World War II. Welsh actor Hopkins will star as Sir, while English counterpart McKellen will portray Sir’s dresser, Norman.

“‘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,” Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik said. “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 on “The Dresser” will begin in London this year.