November 30, 2012 5:43pm PT by Sophie Schillaci
Dustin Hoffman's 'Quartet': Maggie Smith Shows Her Diva Side in New One Sheet (Exclusive)
Dustin Hoffman makes his directorial debut with Quartet, a music-themed dramedy about rebuilding burned bridges in the wake of one superstar diva and her super-sized ego.
Here, The Hollywood Reporter exclusively debuts the film’s one sheet, featuring Maggie Smith as famed opera singer Jean Horton, whose welcome into the Beecham House home for retired musicians is less-than-friendly. There, she reconnects with her former singing partners, a quartet comprised of Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins). Since they parted ways, Horton enjoyed a successful career as a solo artist and developed an attitude to accompany it.
As THR first reported, Hoffman was honored earlier this year for Quartet with the Hollywood Breakthrough Director Achievement Award at the 16th annual Hollywood Film Awards. The two-time best actor Oscar winner is now vying for a best director nom with Quartet, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September to a standing ovation.
In THR’s review of the film, critic Deborah Young wrote that “Dustin Hoffman’s directing debut about retired musicians in the third act of their lives has a winning, classy charm for older audiences.”
See the brand new theatrical trailer below. Quartet opens Jan. 11 via The Weinstein Company.