Oscar winners Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine will star in the English-language remake of Elsa & Fred. Based on the 2005 Spanish-Argentine romantic comedy of the same name, the film will be directed by Michael Radford. The Il Postino director and Anna Pavignano have written the script from Marcos Carnevale’s original film. The movie details the outgoing Elsa’s attempt to engage the uptight Fred after the widower moves into her building. Filming is due to start on December 3, with shooting in New Orleans and Rome. Edward Saxon, Nicolas Veinberg, Matthias Ehrenberg, Ricardo Kleinbaum and Jose Levy will produce. Cuatro Plus Films, Defiant Pictures, Mexico’s Rio Negro Producciones and Media House Capital are providing financing. Plummer is also set to appear in Stephen Frears’ Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight on HBO. MacLaine has joined Downton Abbey for the period soap’s latest season. MacLaine is repped by ICM Partners. Plummer is repped by ICM Partners and the Pitt Group.

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