Dustin Hoffman is to play Paul Giamatti's dad in a new film adaptation of Mordecai Richler's final novel.

According to Daily Variety, the Hollywood A-listers will team up as father and son in the Indie drama 'Barney's Version'.

Hoffman will play a retired cop who tracks down his son (Giamatti) after he becomes involved in the mysterious disappearance of his friend.

'Barney's Version' will begin shooting in Rome in August and the film is due to be released in 2010.