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Dame Maggie Smith joins Israel Horovitz's My Old Lady

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Story by Jack Foley

DAME Maggie Smith has joined the cast for Israel Horovitz’s My Old Lady.

The film, which marks the directorial debut of the famous playwright and screenwriter, also stars Kevin Kline, Jane Birkin and Dominique Pinon.

It is an adaptation of his award-winning stage play, which focuses on a down-and-out New Yorker who travels to Paris to liquidate a valuable apartment he has inherited from his estranged father.

Upon arrival, however, he discovers a refined old lady living in the apartment with her daughter and learns that she and his father were lovers for more than 50 years.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in Paris in September, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Commenting on what compelled him to turn to My Old Lady to make his directorial bow, Horovitz said: “Of all my stage plays, My Old Lady is my very favourite.

“For years, this play has cried out to me to be seen in its Paris setting, to become a film… to create this film with Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline, Jane Birkin and Dominique Pinon is beyond thrilling. For me, this defines thrilling.”

Horovitz’s screenwriting credits include the Al Pacino comedy Author! Author!.

Smith is currently winning plaudits galore for her performance in Downton Abbey. She was also recently seen in Dustin Hoffman’s ensemble comedy-drama Quartet.

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