Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman to Star in Roald Dahl Novel Adaptation

Esio Trot

Roald Dahl’s 1990 illustrated children’s novel about elderly lovebirds and tortoises will be adapted into a movie, starring Dustin Hoffman and Dame Judi Dench as the couple. In Esio Trot (“tortoise” spelled backwards), Ms. Silver and Mr. Hoppy live in the same apartment building. Ms. Silver has a pet tortoise she wants to make bigger. Mr. Hoppy frantically tries to make her wish come true so he can win her heart. Dearbhla Walsh (Little Dorrit) will direct the project, which starts filming in England next month. ShowBiz411 doesn’t indicate if this will be marketed as a true blue children’s film or animated feature. We imagine the actors will have great comedic chemistry for the quirky story. Can Hollywood get the tone of Dahl’s novel right?