He may be approaching 80, but Dustin Hoffman shows no signs of slowing down. He has plans to join the cast of two new major movie projects. And he also has a bit of a crush on Judi Dench.
First, according to a report in the New York Post, Hoffman is in talks to appear in Oliver Stone’s upcoming movie about Edward Snowden which is set to begin filming in January. Hoffman is considering playing either a mentor of Snowden’s at the NSA or a politician in the film. Snowden is to be played by Joseph Gordon Levitt.
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Meanwhile, according to a report in Variety, the 77 year old Hoffman could be joining fellow Oscar winners Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine in a remake of the 1970’s hit film Going in Style. The original, which starred George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg, was about three old men who decide to rob a bank.
Zach Braff will direct the new version which is set to begin filming in May. There is no word yet on which role Hoffman is considering playing in the movie.
In other Dustin Hoffman news, the actor is apparently smitten with fellow thespian and Oscar winner Judi Dench. He told England’s The Express, “I was so taken by Judi Dench’s performance that I asked for her number.”
The two actors just co-starred in a BBC adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot. Hoffman also told Dench that if he knew her years ago then, “I wouldn’t have let you get away.”
Hoffman further told The Express: “The thing with Judi is that she blends with the actor. All I’ve tried to do with everything I’ve been in, and I’ve said it to my wife, that [success] is a freak accident, I always think. As you go on in your career, you look back at talented people and think, ‘They weren’t in the right place, at the right time.’ So I think, ‘What if this didn’t happen to me?’ and you see yourself alone. I can see it right now.”
For the record, both Hoffman and Dench have been happily married to other people for decades.