The film, a period comedy with an all-star cast, takes stock of Dickens' classic and gives it a fresh new look. Dev Patel (he of Skins and Slumdog Millionaire Fame) will be taking on the eponymous lead role, playing the young aspiring writer navigating a host of eclectic characters he meets in Victorian England.
David Copperfield's ailing aunt, Betsey Trotwood, will be played by Tilda Swinton. Joining the pair are Ben Whishaw as Uriah Heep, Peter Capaldi as Mr Micawber, Hugh Laurie as Mr Dick, and Gwendoline Christie as Jane Murdstone.
Ianucci has shared his excitement to be opening the 63rd BFI London Film Festival, saying, 'The Personal History of David Copperfield is a film about compassion, humour, generosity and friendship, and I couldn't have assked for a more welcoming setting in which to premiere it'.
The full line up for the festival will be revealed at the end of August, including all the gala premieres and the highly anticipated Surprise Film screening. Tickets will go on sale soon after that – stay tuned for further updates.
|What||The Personal History of David Copperfield: Ianucci's Dickens update|
02 Oct 19 – 02 Oct 20, TIMES VARY
|Price||£ determined by cinemas|
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