Shirley MacLaine & Christopher Plummer Lead 'Elsa & Fred' Remake
by Ben Pearson
November 1, 2012
At ages 78 & 83 respectively, you'd think Oscar winners Shirley MacLaine & Christopher Plummer would be headed toward retirement. But with Plummer becoming the oldest actor to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Beginners last year, and MacLaine appearing in Bernie earlier this year, it doesn't look like they're slowing down any time soon. In fact, Deadline reports that they've signed to topline the cast of Elsa & Fred, a remake of a 2005 Argentinian film that centers on a romance between the outgoing Elsa and the reclusive widower Fred who moves into her building. Read on.
Michael Radford is directing from a screenplay he wrote with Anna Pavignano, based on the original movie. Romantic comedies certainly aren't my favorite films, but with talented actors on board like this and a legitimate story that isn't just "let's throw a bunch of famous people together and name the movie after a holiday," Elsa & Fred could be a sweet surprise. MacLaine recently joined the critically acclaimed "Downton Abbey" for its upcoming season, while Plummer has a drama called Hector and the Search for Happiness in the works opposite Simon Pegg. Shooting starts this weekend in Rome and New Orleans, so we'll keep you posted when a trailer drops for this one.