In the long line of actors-turned-directors, Dustin Hoffman's name can now be added to the list. After a lengthy acting career, Hoffman has decided to try his talents behind the camera to direct Quartet. The film revolves around a trio of retired opera singers now in a retirement home. Actors Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, and Albert Finney are set to play the singers. Other than that, not much is known about the project at this stage.
This news comes as a pleasant surprise to me. I say surprise because, usually if an actor decides to direct, they've done it by this point in their career. Hoffman, now 72, seems to be jumping in late in the game, but more power to him. There have been many successful actor-directors and here's hoping that Hoffman becomes one of them. Quartet begins filming later this year.