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Dev Patel to star in Armando Iannucci’s David Copperfield

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Story by Jack Foley

DEV Patel is set to play David Copperfield in Armando Iannucci’s retelling of Charles Dickens’ The Personal History of David Copperfield.

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 his journey from impoverished childhood to becoming a successful author, thanks to perseverance and despite a lack of personal discipline. The character was said to be modelled after Dickens himself.

Iannucci, best known for his TV hits The Thick of It and Veep, intends to co-write (with Simon Blackwell) and direct the feature.

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

Iannucci most recently directed last year’s critically-acclaimed The Death of Stalin, which he co-wrote with David Schneider, Ian Martin and Peter Fellows.

Patel is coming off his Oscar nominated role in Lion. But he recently made his directorial debut with Home Shopper, which premiered at Sundance. He is currently filming The Wedding Guest.