Michael Radford's Elsa & Fred English-language remake added Scott Bakula in Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer starrer. Based on 2005's Spanish-language Elsa y Fred film of directed by Marcos Carnevale, the film follows two people who, at the end of the road, discover that it’s never too late to love. or to dream.
In the original synopsis, Elsa is 82 years-old and for the past 60 years she’s dreamt of a moment that Fellini had already envisaged: the scene of “La Dolce Vita” at the Fontana di Trevi. The same scene without Anita Ekberg in it but Elsa instead. Without Marcello Mastroiani but with that love that took so long to arrive. Alfredo is a bit younger than Elsa and was always a good man who did everything he was supposed to do. After losing his wife, he feels disturbed and confused and his daughter decides that it would be best if he moved into a smaller apartment where he’ll meet Elsa. From that moment on, everything changes. Elsa bursts into his life like a whirlwind, determined to teach him that the time he has left to live - be it more or less - is precious and that he should enjoy it as he pleases. Fred surrenders to Elsa’s frenzy, to her youth, to her boldness, to her beautiful madness. And this is how Alfredo (or Fred, as Elsa calls him), learns how to live.
Variety reports that Bakula, who wrapped work on HBO's Liberace pic Behind the Candelabra starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, is in as MacLaine's conservative banker son.