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Ian McKellen and Helen Mirren to unite for The Good Liar

Sir Ian McKellen in X-Men: The Last Stand

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BRITISH screen legends Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Helen Mirren are teaming up for new thriller The Good Liar.

An adaptation of the novel by Nicholas Searle, the film will take the form of a cat-and-mouse game that focuses on career con artist Roy Courtnay (McKellen), who can’t resist one last score when he meets well-to-do widow Betty McLeish (Mirren) online.

As the woman opens her home and life to him, the man is surprised to find himself caring about her, turning what should be a cut-and-dry swindle into a treacherous tightrope walk as not all is what is seems.

Bill Condon, who last directed Disney’s live-action Beauty & The Beast, will helm the movie, which is based on a screenplay by Jeffrey Hatcher, who previously worked with both Condon and McKellen on 2015’s acclaimed Mr Holmes.

Searle, who wrote the novel, is a pseudonym for a former civil servant in the UK, who wrote The Good Liar while taking online writing courses from London’s Curtis Brown Creative.

The book sparked a bidding war when it was released in 2016 with Viking in the UK and HarperCollins in the US picking it up.

After Liar, McKellen will star in King Lear at London’s Duke of York’s Theatre, starting July.

Mirren next appears in Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and is coming off of a starring turn in the horror thriller Winchester.