Trailer: Dustin Hoffman leads “Quartet” in directorial debut

Dustin Hoffman has been a film icon for more than 50 years -- now, he's finally directing his first feature film Quartet.

Jason Kobelyby Jason Kobely

For nearly half a century, Dustin Hoffman has been one of America’s most beloved and most versatile actors.  But unlike fellow stars of his generation like Clint Eastwood and Robert DeNiro, Hoffman’s never made the move to step behind the camera and direct his own feature – until now.

The 7-time Oscar nominee and 2-time winner will make his directorial debut later this year with Quartet, an adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s 1999 play.

Quartet tells the story of Reggie (Tom Courtenay), Wilf (Billy Connolly) and Cissy (Pauline Collins) who reside in Beecham House, a home for retired opera singers.  Each year, they stage a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday, which also raises funds for the home.  Reggie’s ex-wife Jean (Maggie Smith) arrives at the home and creates tension, playing the diva part, but refusing to sing in the concert. 

Michael Gambon and Sheridan Smith also star in the film, set for a Dec. 28 release.