Christopher Plummer (Beginners) and Shirley MacLaine (The Apartment) will co-star in Elsa and Fred, THR are reporting.

The film, which is a remake of writer-director Marcos Carnevale’s hit Spanish-Argentine film, centers on a lively retiree (MacLaine) who gets an unwanted neighbour when straight-laced widower Fred (Plummer) moves into her apartment building.

Michael Radford is attached to direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with his Il Postino partner Anna Pavignano. Elsa and Fred is scheduled to shoot in New Orleans and Rome in December.

Plummer will next be seen in Stephen Frears’ Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Flight, while MacLaine has a role in the Ben Stiller-starrer The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.