Charles Dickens’ David Copperfield is getting a proper, elaborate adaptation from Veep mastermind Armando Iannucci, and it’s begun casting. The Hollywood Reporter reports Dev Patel has signed on to the project, following his award-winning role in last year’s Lion.
Dev Patel posing with his BAFTA. | Image Via Bollywood Life
We don’t yet know who Patel will be playing, as we also know very little about the adaptation. Much can be gleaned, however, from the crew working on the film. The movie is written by Iannucci and Simon Blackwell, both of whom have an extensive background in comedy writing. Iannucci created the BBC Office-style satire The Thick of It (as well as directed the Oscar-nominated film spin-off In the Loop), with Blackwell serving as a key writer on the series. Chances are this Dickens adaptation will be the funniest we’ve seen since just about ever.
Iannucci has worked closely in the past with the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi, who played the hilariously malicious Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It and In the Loop. I hope to see Capaldi find a place in Iannucci’s David Copperfield, perhaps as the dastardly Edward Murdstone or the quirky Wilkins Micawber.
In any case, Dickens fans have good reason to be excited for this BBC-produced film. The talents are stewing and production is set to being this June. Copperfield will be here in no time!
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