‘Armando Iannucci ’s retelling of Charles Dickens’ “The Personal History of David Copperfield” is adding more cast with Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Aneurin Barnard, Ben Whishaw, Morfydd Clark, Anthony Welsh, and Rosalind Eleazar have all joined Dev Patel, who will play the title character.
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 the journey of the titular protagonist — who was modeled after Dickens himself, from an impoverished childhood to becoming a successful author, thanks to perseverance and despite a lack of personal discipline.
Kevin Loader and Iannucci will produce the feature, which was developed with FilmNation. Iannucci is directing from a script he wrote with Simon Blackwell.
Iannucci recently directed the 2017 feature film “The Death of Stalin” and co-wrote the script with David Schneider, Ian Martin, and Peter Fellows.
Swinton is repped by UTA and Hamilton Hodell; Laurie is repped by WME and Hamilton Hodell; Barnard is repped by WME and the Artist Partnership; Whishaw is repped by CAA and Hamilton Hodell; Clark is repped by UTA, the Curtis Brown Group, and Mosaic; Welsh is repped by 42 and Eleazar is repped by Rebecca Blond Associates.’