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Armando Iannucci Pushed for Colorblind Casting on ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’

Armando Iannucci Pushed for Colorblind Casting on ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’
As the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of “In the Loop,” the creator of “The Thick of It” and “Veep,” plus the director of “The Death of Stalin,” Armando Iannucci has established himself as one of the most renowned satirists working today. On Monday, the Scotsman began shooting his next feature — “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” starring Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, and Gwendoline Christie — but he recently told IndieWire that producers required convincing that he could helm an adaptation of a Charles Dickens saga.

“The first thing that FilmNation said to me is, ‘Why are you doing ‘David Copperfield’ as opposed to another director?’” said Iannucci. “And I said, ‘Well I want to make a film that doesn’t feel hidebound by the conventions of a costume drama or a period drama. I want to start again. I want it to feel real and present, even though it’s set in 1840 in London.
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Armando Iannucci adds Peter Capaldi to his David Copperfield movie

Yet another big name has joined the cast of Armando Iannucci’s upcoming adaptation of Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield, with former Doctor Who leading man Peter Capaldi officially on board.

Iannucci announced on his Twitter feed that Capaldi will play the kindly Mr Micawber, who is best known for his optimism and sense of hopeful expectation.

See Also: Tilda Swinton and Hugh Laurie join Armando Iannucci’s adaptation of David Copperfield

It’s not perhaps a role that immediately screams Capaldi, particularly given his past work as a series of acerbic and cynical characters.

Before he was the benevolent keeper of the Tardis keys, Capaldi played sweary spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in Iannucci’s satirical TV series The Thick of It. He also plays the intolerant busybody Mr Curry in the Paddington movies.

Iannucci’s film, entitled The Personal History of David Copperfield, is set to provide a modern take on the classic,
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Peter Capaldi And The Thick Of It Creator Teaming Up For David Copperfield Movie

After three seasons stretched over four years in one of the most demanding jobs on television, Peter Capaldi stepped down from starring in Doctor Who last Christmas, passing the Tardis keys to incoming Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker instead. In his own words, the actor who brought the Twelfth Doctor to life has been enjoying a well-earned rest for the past few months, but now it seems he’s ready to jump into the next job.

Acclaimed writer/director Armando Ianucci, known for Veep and The Death of Stalin, is working on a modernized update of Charles Dickens’ classic David Copperfield, titled The Personal History of David Copperfield. Oscar-nominated actor Dev Patel is set to play the lead and posting on Twitter today, Ianucci revealed the identity of the individual who’s going to play the important role of Mr. Micawber – as you’ve probably guessed by now, it’s Peter Capaldi.
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Peter Capaldi Re-Teams With Armando Iannucci for ‘David Copperfield’

Peter Capaldi Re-Teams With Armando Iannucci for ‘David Copperfield’
Peter Capaldi is set to re-team with Armando Iannucci on the director’s new movie adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic novel “David Copperfield.” Iannucci announced on his Twitter account Tuesday that Capaldi would play the ever-optimistic Mr. Micawber in “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” which is currently in pre-production. It marks Capaldi’s first major live-action role since his swan-song episode of the BBC’s “Doctor Who” aired in December.

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— Armando Iannucci (@Aiannucci) May 8, 2018

Micawber is a key character in the novel. He initially befriends David Copperfield as his landlord, before being sent to debtors’ prison. Later employed as a clerk for the scheming Uriah Heep, he helps Copperfield bring about Heep’s downfall.

Capaldi starred as Malcolm Tucker in Iannucci’s multi-award-winning political sitcom “The Thick of It.” He reprised the role in Iannucci’s feature directorial debut, “In the Loop,” in 2009.

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Doctor Who Actor Peter Capaldi Joins Veep Creator’s David Copperfield

Doctor Who’s Peter Capaldi will star in an adaptation of David Copperfield from Veep creator Armando Iannucci. This will be their first time working together since the final season of Iannucci’s award-winning television series The Thick of It.

Known for his dry wit and overt political commentary, Academy Award-nominated writer Armando Iannucci is in the process of adapting Charles Dickens’ classic novel David Copperfield, and Peter Capaldi will star as the penniless, yet hopeful, Mr.
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The Dream of the Reformer: Armando Iannucci's "The Death of Stalin"

Armando Iannucci believes in Nikita Khrushchev. It’s a strange notion to consider at first. For the better part of a decade, the Scottish television and filmmaker has told the stories of a political class both pathologically vain and terminally inept. There’s much to laugh at in the likes of The Thick of It (2005–2012) and Veep (2012–), where politicians much like our own so routinely surrender their convictions to maintain power, and just as routinely end up giving both away, but there’s little to admire. To be a politician, in Iannucci’s world, is to be a coward. All the more conspicuous, then, that for his second feature, The Death of Stalin, Iannucci chose Khrushchev—the figure perhaps most synonymous with churning, mid-century Soviet bureaucracy—as his first bona fide hero.“Hero” is the only word for the role played so expansively by Steve Buscemi. One of the great tragicomic actors working today,
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Ralph Fiennes to star in Chris Addison comedy 'Hallelujah'

Ralph Fiennes to star in Chris Addison comedy 'Hallelujah'
Altitude acquires international rights to the film, which is due to shoot in early 2019.

Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel) will star in comedy Hallelujah for director Chris Addison (The Thick Of It).

Altitude Films Sales has acquired international rights to the project, which will be introduced to buyers in Cannes. Altitude’s distribution arm will release the film in the UK and Ireland. Lorton Entertainment will co-finance and co-distribute the film.

Andrew Eaton (The Crown) and Gina Carter (Yardie) are producing the project, with shooting due to get underway in early 2019.

Jon Croker and Nicholas Adams wrote the screenplay,
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Ralph Fiennes & Chris Addison Team Up On Comedy-Drama ‘Hallelujah!’ From ‘Rush’, ‘Yardie’ Producers

Exclusive: The Grand Budapest Hotel star Ralph Fiennes is set to flex his comedy muscles again, this time as composer George Frederick Handel in period comedy-drama Hallelujah!, I can reveal. Veep helmer and The Thick Of It star Chris Addison will direct the movie which comes from Rush producer Andrew Eaton and Yardie producer Gina Carter. Jon Croker (The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death) and Nicholas Adams’ (The Boys And Girls From Country Clare) script, set to shoot in…
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Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie Join Dev Patel in ‘David Copperfield’ (Exclusive)

Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie Join Dev Patel in ‘David Copperfield’ (Exclusive)
Armando Iannucci’s new retelling of Charles Dickens’ “The Personal History of David Copperfield” is rounding out its cast.

Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie,”Dunkirk” breakout Aneurin Barnard, Ben Whishaw, Morfydd Clark, Anthony Welsh, and Rosalind Eleazar have all joined Dev Patel, who will play the title character. FilmNation could not be reached for comment.

The project will offer a modern take on Dickens’ title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. The original “David Copperfield” was first published in 1850 and describes the journey of the titular protagonist — who was modeled after Dickens himself, from impoverished childhood to becoming a successful author, thanks to perseverance and despite a lack of personal discipline.

Kevin Loader and Iannucci will produce the feature, which was developed with FilmNation. Iannucci is directing from a script he wrote with Simon Blackwell.

Iannucci and Blackwell previously collaborated with Tony Roche
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Joanna Scanlan: ‘Who would play me in the film of my life? A Nick Park claymation’

The actor on crying at Blue Planet, being unable to say no and driving Tilda Swinton’s car without insurance

Raised in Wales, Joanna Scanlan, 56, became an actor in her mid-30s. Her TV work includes the comedy series The Thick Of It, Rev and No Offence, and she was nominated for a Bafta for Getting On, an NHS comedy that she co-wrote and starred in. Her film roles include Notes On A Scandal, In The Loop and Testament Of Youth. Most recently, she starred in the BBC drama Requiem, which is out now on DVD. She is married and lives in London.

When were you happiest?

Swimming down the Thames on a full moon night 10 years ago. It was dangerous, but extremely joyful.

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I Got Life! (Aurore) Review

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Everyone fears the process of aging. It unleashes realisations of mortality, nostalgia, regret, and the dreaded loss of youth. The French are no strangers to these ideas, but director Blandine Lenoir tackles these topics with a comedic and feministic twist. Instead of viewing the existential problems of middle-class, intellectual men – the convention in many European movies, as well as in lauded literature – Lenoir gives us those of a working-class woman for a change.

I Got Life! follows middle-class waitress Aurore (Agnès Jaoui) as she endures a difficult mid-life crisis, with many problems surfacing and re-surfacing in this stressful period. As well as hot flushes, she loses her job, her eldest daughter Marina (Sarah Suco) announces her pregnancy, and she bumps into an old lover (Thibault de Montalembert). Aurore must try and keep her head together, but proves difficult as she keeps getting into funny and irritating situations.

Like many French films,
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Armando Iannucci on the Tragedy and Comedy of ‘The Death of Stalin’ and Needing to Dial Down History

Armando Iannucci has spent the last decade of his career lampooning the contemporary politics of America and the United Kingdom in projects like Veep, The Thick of It, and In the Loop, but his new film directs his considerable satiric skills at a simultaneously perversely appropriate and unlikely target: Stalin-era Soviet Union. An adaptation of Fabian Nury and Thierry Robin’s graphic novel dramatization of the same name, The Death of Stalin is filled with Iannucci’s trademark barbs at institutional efficiency and labyrinthian insults but also freighted with a newfound urgency in his filmmaking.

With an unimpeachable cast of movie stars, TV stars, and even stage legends, The Death of Stalin makes a feast of the banal and horrifying absurdities that were commonplace during the period without losing the persistent undercurrent of tragedy and anxiety. Less a historical recreation than a comedic channeling of the spirit of the time,
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‘The Death of Stalin’ reviews: Armando Iannucci may go from Oscars to Emmys and back to Oscars with latest satire

‘The Death of Stalin’ reviews: Armando Iannucci may go from Oscars to Emmys and back to Oscars with latest satire
The British satire “The Death of Stalin” opened in America on March 9 after having already made an impression at the BAFTAs, where it was nominated for Best British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay. But its mastermind, director and co-writer Armando Iannucci, is already familiar to the American awards scene. Can he go from the Oscars to the Emmys and back to the Oscars again?

Iannucci was known in the UK for series like “I’m Alan Partridge” and “The Thick of It” before making his first big impact across the pond. In 2009 he spun off “The Thick of It” into the political satire “In the Loop,” which explored the behind-the-scenes bumbling that led the Us and UK into an ill-advised war in the Middle East. That film earned Iannucci and his co-writers an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, and it led him full-time into the world of American political
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Rotterdam 2018 Review: The Death Of Stalin Makes You Laugh At A Corrupt Tragedy

We're big fans of Scottish writer/director Armando Iannucci here at Screen Anarchy, and have been ever since he was doing short comedic skits on the BBC. The man is now of course most famous for his series Veep, The Thick of It and his film In the Loop, which was a scathing take at how the United Kingdom got pulled into a recent war. In his new film The Death of Stalin, Iannucci is no less scathing, and screenings of the film have in fact been forbidden in Russia, even though the events depicted in them happened 65 years ago. The official reason is that the film is seen as a foreign attempt at influencing the upcoming elections in Russia, "which is something that is...

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Dev Patel to star in Armando Iannucci's 'modern take' on David Copperfield

The Slumdog Millionaire actor will play the title role in The Personal History of David Copperfield, from The Death of Stalin director

Dev Patel is set to star in The Personal History of David Copperfield, a reworking of Charles Dickens’ novel from The Thick of It creator Armando Iannucci.

According to Variety, Patel will take the lead in the film, which “will offer a modern take on Dickens’ title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it”. Iannucci will direct, from a screenplay co-written with his long-time writing partner, Simon Blackwell.
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Dev Patel to Star in Armando Iannucci‘s ‘David Copperfield’ Film (Exclusive)

Dev Patel to Star in Armando Iannucci‘s ‘David Copperfield’ Film (Exclusive)
Dev Patel is set to play David Copperfield in FilmNation’s new retelling of Charles Dickens’ “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” which will be directed and written by “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci.

The project will offer a modern take on Dickens’ title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. The original “David Copperfield” was first published in 1850 and describes the journey of the titular protagonist — who was modeled after Dickens himself, from impoverished childhood to becoming a successful author, thanks to perseverance and despite a lack of personal discipline.

Kevin Loader and Iannucci will produce the feature, which was developed with FilmNation. He is directing from a script he wrote with Simon Blackwell.

Iannucci and Blackwell previously collaborated with Tony Roche and Jesse Armstrong on the script for 2009’s “In the Loop,” which received an Academy Award nomination.

Iannucci created HBO’s political comedy “Veep” as an adaptation of his
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Armando Iannucci Reveals More Details About His “Space Tourism” HBO Series ‘Avenue 5’

Perhaps now, more than ever, we need Armando Iannucci. The filmmaker has always managed to perfectly skewer the world of politics from “The Thick Of It” to “In The Loop” to “Veep” to the upcoming “The Death Of Stalin.” However, in the era of Donald Trump, Iannucci believes that the President himself is creating material that is so bizarre, that it bests the finest efforts of comedy writers.

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FilmNation Backs Armando Iannucci’s David Copperfield Movie

FilmNation Entertainment is backing Armando Iannucci‘s “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” and will launch sales at the European Film Market this month.

The project is based on the novel by Charles Dickens and will offer a modern take on the title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. The original “David Copperfield” was first published in 1850 and describes the journey of the titular protagonist — who was modeled after Dickens himself, from impoverished childhood to becoming a successful author, thanks to perseverance and despite a lack of personal discipline.

Kevin Loader and Iannucci will produce the feature, which was developed with FilmNation. Iannucci, the creator of “Veep,” unveiled the title in October. He is directing from a script he wrote with Simon Blackwell. Iannucci and Blackwell collaborated with Tony Roche and Jesse Armstrong on the script for “In the Loop,” which received an Academy Award nomination.

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Russia bans The Death of Stalin

This probably won’t come as too much of a surprise, but Russia has decided to ban the release of The Death of Stalin, the latest movie from The Thick of It and Veep creator Armando Iannucci.

The satirical comedy, based upon the graphic novel of the same name, explores the Soviet power struggle following the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953.

The film had come under fire from a number of Russian media figures for parodying the history of the country, and now the Russian culture ministry has announced that it has pulled the movie from a limited theatrical release on the grounds that it contains “information whose distribution is legally banned in Russia.”

See Also: Read our review of The Death of Stalin here

Director Iannucci posted the following comment to Twitter:

We still remain hopeful. I’ll keep you all posted x https://t.co/Kj16zAKgQM
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Russia Bans Dark Comedy ‘The Death of Stalin’

Russia Bans Dark Comedy ‘The Death of Stalin’
Russia has banned “The Death of Stalin” from being shown in cinemas after officials claimed the dark comedy was offensive.

A Russian culture ministry spokeswoman said the film is being pulled for containing “information whose distribution is legally banned in Russia,” according to Agency France-Presse.

The political satire was previously set for a limited release in theaters.

“The Death of Stalin” depicts Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s final days and the chaos that ensues following his death. The recently released trailer features scenes with Nikita Khrushchev, played by Steve Buscemi, discussing funeral arrangements and Stalin’s committee figuring out how to run the country.

The film is directed and co-written by “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci, who also wrote political sitcom “The Thick of It.” Rupert Friend, Andrea Riseborough, and Jeffrey Tambor also star in “The Death of Stalin.”

Iannucci tweeted his optimism about the film’s potential for release despite the ban. “We still remain hopeful.
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