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Dustin Hoffman and Anthony Hopkins to Sing The Song of Names

By Brian Gallagher — May 16th, 2010

The Cannes Film Festival continues throughout the weekend and more film projects are coming to light. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dustin Hoffman and Anthony Hopkins will star in the film The Song of Names.

Vadim Perelman (House of Sand and Fog) will direct the film from a script by Jeffrey Caine (The Constant Gardener), which he adapted from the novel by Norman Lebrecht. Here's the description of Lebrecht's novel.

Martin Simmonds' father tells him, "Never trust a musician when he speaks about love." The advice comes too late. Martin already loves Dovidl Rapoport, an eerily gifted Polish violin prodigy whose parents left him in the Simmonds's care before they perished in the Holocaust. For a time the two boys are closer than brothers. But on the day he is to make his official debut, Dovidl disappears. Only 40 years later does Martin get his first clue about what happened to him.

In this ravishing novel of music and suspense, Norman Lebrecht unravels the strands of love, envy and exploitation that knot geniuses to their admirers. In doing so he also evokes the fragile bubble of Jewish life in prewar London; the fearful carnival of the Blitz, and the gray new world that emerged from its ashes. Bristling with ideas, lambent with feeling, The Song of Names is a masterful work of the imagination.

No production schedule was released for the film.