Hopkins and Hoffman Team for The Song of Names


Anthony Hopkins and Dustin Hoffman are attached to star in The Song of Names, the new drama from House of Sand and Fog director Vadim Perelman. The film is based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Norman Lebrecht. It is described as follows:

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.

Jeffrey Caine (The Constant Gardener) is adapting the novel for the screen. James Horner is attached to write the score.