Jeffrey Hatcher, shown performing his "Jeffrey Hatcher's Hamlet" in 2015, will reteam with Sir Ian McKellen and director Bill Condon for a new film. /Tom Wallace
Prolific Twin Cities playwright Jeffrey Hatcher is reteaming with star Sir Ian McKellen and director Bill Condon ("Beauty and the Beast") on a follow-up to their 2015 film, "Mr. Holmes," and Helen Mirren will be joining them this time.
The new project, "The Good Liar," will shoot later this year for release in 2019. Based on a novel by Nicholas Searle, the title character is a con artist (McKellen). He cozies up to a wealthy widow (Mirren) who may not be as easy a target as he thinks.
Another collaborator Hatcher is re-teaming with is Suburbs co-founder Chan Poling. The two previously worked on the Illusion Theater musical, "A Night on Olympus," and History Theatre's twice-revived "Glensheen." Opening in May at History Theatre is their "Lord Gordon Gordon," which is about another con man. This one sets his sights on wealthy Minnesotans, nearly starting a war with Canada in the process.