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Hoffman agrees to Meet the Fockers

Story by: Jack Foley

FOR Focker’s sake! No sooner has Ben Stiller been celebrating his return to the top of the US Box Office with Along Came Polly, then he is equally cock-a-hoop at securing his choice of ‘father’ to appear in the follow-up comedy to his acclaimed, Meet The Parents.

Dustin Hoffman has, according to reports, confirmed that he will appear as Stiller’s father in the sequel, Meet The Fockers, which will find him as the laidback counterpart to Robert De Niro’s ‘father from hell’ in the original.

The film will reportedly pick up where the original left off, with the uptight Jack Byrnes (De Niro) having given his blessing to the wedding of Greg Focker (Stiller) to his daughter Pam.

The ensuing comedy will find the two sets of in-laws meeting for the first time, and, no doubt, causing more speed-bumps on the path towards marital bliss.

Filming is due to begin at the end of March, after De Niro wraps up shooting his current project, Hide and Seek, a thriller about a widower, who tries to piece together his life in the wake of his wife's suicide, as his daughter finds solace in an imaginary friend.

It is then hoped that Meet the Fockers can be completed in time for a Christmas release in the States, and a UK debut soon after.

Not everything is complete, in terms of casting, however, as Stiller is still hoping to secure the signature of ‘first-choice mother’, Barbra Streisand, although the actress has yet to indicate whether she would be interested.

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