"Actors want to work will Bill Condon, they've seen his movies..." - hmv.com talks to the cast and director of The Good Liar
In a backstory which has shades of John le Carré about it, author Nicholas Searle reportedly spent a more than a quarter of a century working for British Intelligence before turning his hand to writing, scoring an instant hit with his debut novel The Good Liar, which quickly became a Sunday Times bestseller on its publication in 2015.
The story revolves around an ageing con artist looking to pull off one last big swindle so he can retire on the proceeds, and who thinks he has found the perfect mark in an elderly widow named Betty, although it soon becomes apparent that his would-be victim isn't quite as vulnerable or naive as he imagines.
The rights to a film adaptation were snapped up by New Line Cinema, who recruited Oscar-winning director Bill Condon and screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher to adapt Searle's book for the big screen.
The result lands in cinemas this Friday (November 8th) and stars Ian McKellan and Helen Mirren in the leading roles, bringing them together on the screen for the first time ever. They're joined by a cast that includes Russell Tovey and Downton Abbey star Jim Carter, and ahead of the film's release, we sat down for a chat with Ian, Bill and Russell about bringing The Good Liar to life.
Watch our interview below...