Hopkins, McKellen Team For “Dresser”

Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ian McKellen are set to team for a BBC2 telemovie adaptation of Sir Ronald Harwood’s 1980 play “The Dresser”.

The two-hour period drama provides a portrait of theatre life backstage during the London Blitz. The action follows a touring Shakespearean theatre group, specifically a backstage hand who struggles to support the brilliant but ailing star (Hopkins) of the company.

The Richard Eyre-directed project is just one of two high-profile projects announced by the BBC today, the other being a five-episode event series adaptation of novelist Len Deighton’s “SS-GB” for BBC1.

James Bond series scribes Robert Wade and Neal Purvis will pen the 1940s detective series set in a fictional Nazi-occupied London. A police detective becomes caught between the Nazis and the British resistance.

Source: Screen