Joining the cast of Michael Radford’s remake of “Elsa & Fred,” starring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer, are Marcia Gay Harden, Chris Noth, Jared Gilman, James Brolin, George Segal, Wendell Pierce, Reg Rogers, and Erika Alexander. The film just kicked off production in New Orleans.
The film is a remake of the 2005 Spanish-Argentine romantic comedy from director Marcos Carnevale, which was also adapted into a stage play. MacLaine plays a gregarious and lively New Orleans retiree, and Plummer will be the straight-laced widower that moves into her apartment, causing conflict as she won’t leave him alone. The film, which raised funds at the AFM, will also shoot in Rome.
During AFM, producer Ed Saxon said: “I’m pinching myself; as getting the chance to work with Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, and Michael Radford is a producer’s dream come true.” He is producing alongside Nicolas Veinberg, Matthias Ehrenberg, Ricardo Kleinbaum and Jose Levy.
MacLaine has been a busy woman. Earlier this year she got kudos starring in “Bernie” opposite Jack Black and faced down Maggie Smith in “Downton Abbey” for its upcoming third season. She will also appear in Ben Stiller’s remake “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” set for a Christmas 2013 release. (Also coming up: the Coens-written remake of MacLaine’s delightful 60s caper “Gambit.”)
Plummer, the winner of last year’s Best Supporting Actor Oscar (“Beginners”), also starred in “Barrymore,” which had a limited theatrical release in November.