Dustin Hoffman, Anthony Hopkins duet

Will star in drama 'Song of the Names'

CANNES -- Anthony Hopkins and Dustin Hoffman are attached to topline "The Song of Names," the new drama from "House of Sand and Fog" director Vadim Perelman. Nick Hirschkorn of U.K.'s Feel Films is producing together with Jens Meurer of Berlin-based Egoli Tossell and Dave Valleau from Canada's Foundation Features.

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"Song" is based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Norman Lebrecht. It is the story of two Jewish boys -- the Brit Martin and Dovidl, a Polish refugee and violin prodigy. Dovidl vanishes on the eve of his international debut. 40 years later, Martin gets his first clue about what happened to him and begins to unravel the mystery.

Jeffrey Caine, who penned the Oscar-nominated script to "The Constant Gardener," is adapting the novel for the screen. Two-time Oscar winner James Horner is attached to write the score.

In another British-German co-op, David Thompson's Origin Pictures and Egoli Tossell are teaming on the teen comedy "Finishing School." In the genre picture, the daughter of a Chicago mafia boss wreaks havoc at a Swiss boarding school. Shooting is planned to start in Germany this winter.

Brit sales outfit The Works is in Cannes selling another Egoli Tossell project, "Hector's Journey" -- an adaptation of the bestselling novels by Francois Lelord, which Katja von Garnier is directing.