The $12 million (GBP8 million) film, which begins shooting in August (03), will send up some of Britain's most renowned acting talent.
Robin Williams is also expected to sign up for a cameo role in the movie, which will be shot in Britain and Canada.
The film is a spoof of Merchant Ivory productions such as REMAINS OF THE DAY and A ROOM WITH A VIEW.
Rush plays HOPKINS, a British aristocrat who returns from India only to find himself implicated in a murder and forced to take up a job in the West Country as a butler.
It will be Idle's first directorial outing since 1993 comedy SPLITTING HEIRS.15/05/2003 21:32