Charles Dickens's beloved David Copperfield is about to get a thoroughly modern reinvention. Armando Iannucci, the creator of Veep and its British predecessor, The Thick of It, has penned and directed The Personal History of David Copperfield, and stuffed it with an all-star cast. Here's what we know about the movie.
Dev Patel takes on the role of Copperfield—and is joined by a formidable line-up of co-stars.
Tilda Swinton plays Betsey Trotwood, Gwendoline Christie will portray Jane Murdstone, and Hugh Laurie is set for a turn as Mr. Dick. And that's not all: Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who, The Thick of It), Ben Whishaw (The Lobster, Mary Poppins Returns), Sophie McShera (Downton Abbey), and Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange) all appear in the film.
The first trailer has arrived.
The two-minute preview offers viewers a first look at the movie—and it does not disappoint. It teases plenty of Iannucci-style humor, and some heartfelt moments as well. Watch it in full above.
It sounds like the film draws heavily to the source material.
An official description follows the contours of Dickens's novel. "From birth to infancy, from adolescence to adulthood, the good-hearted David Copperfield is surrounded by kindness, wickedness, poverty and wealth, as he meets an array of remarkable characters in Victorian England," it reads. "As David sets out to be a writer, in his quest for family, friendship, romance and status, the story of his life is the most seductive tale of all."
There's no premiere date as of yet.
But the newly-revealed poster for the film promises that it's "coming soon"—so a theatrical release can't be too far away.
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