Deadline has confirmed that BBC One is currently developing an adaptation of the 1990 Roald Dahl children’s novelEsio Trot, which will star Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench.
Hoffman will play Mr. Hoppy, a retired bachelor who secretly pines for his neighbor, Mrs. Silver (Dench). Unfortunately, she focuses most of her attention on her pet tortoise Alfie.
The adaptation will be directed by Dearbhla Walsh (Little Dorrit) from a script courtesy of famed British writer-director Richard Curtis and BBC writer/producer Paul Mayhew-Archer.
The project is expected to begin filming in London next spring.