favourite former Skins star will be
taking on one of Dickens’ most famous characters.
The 1850 rags-to-riches tale follows Copperfield’s life and loves,
from childhood beatings and wretched schooling, to finding eventual success as
a writer. The rest of the cast is yet to be announced, but we
anticipate some stellar British talent will be donning top hats and petticoats
as the array of weird and wonderful Dickensian personalities Copperfield meets
along the way.
David Copperfield is a heavily autobiographical novel, and the author described Copperfield as his ‘favourite child’.
The adaptation will be directed by British
comedy heavyweight Armando Iannucci, who will also write the screenplay along
with regular collaborator (and Peep Show
writer) Simon Blackwell.
Iannucci is best
known for his biting satire and foul-mouthed comedy in The Thick of It and Veep. Adapting a classic of Victorian literature might
sound a little out of character for Iannucci, but then again it could be a
stroke of genius. Given his critically
acclaimed foray into historical tragi-comedy with last year’s The Death of Stalin, we can expect a thoroughly
modern take on mid-Victorian England: period drama with teeth.
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