MUMBAI: Dame Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman have been
lined up to lead the cast of Roald Dahl's Esio
Trot, a 90-minute movie for Endor Productions and BBC
One that is slated to begin filming next year in London.
Roald Dahl's Esio Trot revolves around Mr Hoppy,
a retired bachelor who has a crush on his neighbor,
Mrs Silver. The production, based on a children's book,
is being adapted by Richard Curtis and Paul Mayhew-Archer.
It will be distributed by Red Arrow International.
BBC One controller Charlotte Moore remarked: "It's
an honor to have Dame Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman
starring in this wonderful new adaptation. It's absolutely
stellar casting for one of the nation's favorite children's
BBC controller for drama commissioning Ben Stephenson
said: "An amazing cast and production team have
come together to dramatise Roald Dahl's wonderful, evergreen
story. This film is a class act with a roll call of
talent that only the BBC could assemble."
Producer Hilary Bevan Jones added: "To bring together
two of the world's favorite actors in Dame Judi and
Dustin is a dream come true. Richard and Paul have captured
the magic of Roald Dahl's wonderful tale and I am thrilled
that Dearbhla [Walsh] is to direct it."