Searchlight Pictures has released a new trailer for director Armando Iannucci’s upcoming comedy-drama film The Personal History of David Copperfield, featuring a new look at Dev Patel’s portrayal of the titular character. Also starring Tilda Swinton and Hugh Laurie, the film had its world premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and is scheduled to debut in theaters on May 8. Check out the video in the player below!
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The Personal History of David Copperfield masterfully tells the story of Charles Dickens’ remarkable character David Copperfield, giving the tale new life for a cosmopolitan age with a diverse ensemble cast of stage and screen actors from across the world. Iannucci and co-writer Simon Blackwell have crafted a story of a man whose rogue spirit carries him through a colorful life of poverty and opulence. The film follows David, a burgeoning young writer, from orphaned infancy to adulthood as he befriends a collection of eccentric characters on a journey of love, acceptance, and self-discovery in Victorian England.
The film stars Oscar nominee Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, Lion) as David Copperfield, Oscar winner Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton, Doctor Strange) as Betsey Trotwood, and Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie (House) as Mr. Dick. It will also feature Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who), Ben Whishaw (Mary Poppins Returns), Paul Whitehouse, Aneurin Barnard, Daisy May Cooper, Morfydd Clark, Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Anthony Welsh, and Rosalind Eleazar.
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The Personal History of David Copperfield is directed by Armando Iannucci (Veep) who co-wrote the film with Simon Blackwell (Succession). The film is produced by Iannucci and Kevin Loader and was financed by FilmNation Entertainment and Film4.