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EXCLUSIVE: Fox Searchlight has preemptively acquired North American rights toThe Personal History of David Copperfield, the Armando Iannucci-directed drama that makes its world premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 5, to be followed by its European premiere as the opening film of the BFI London Film Festival on October 2.

Iannucci produced with Kevin Loader.

 

It is Iannucci’s third outing as director, after he helmed In The Loop and The Death of Stalin, and also created the celebrated HBO series Veep.  Iannucci adapted the film with frequent collaborator Simon Blackwell from the Charles Dickens classic novel. Dev Patel plays Copperfield, and also starring are Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse, Aneurin Barnard, Daisy May Cooper, Morfydd Clark, Benedict Wong, Gwendoline Christie, Anthony Welsh and Rosalind Eleazar.

 

FSL plans to release the film in 2020. Deal gives Searchlight another strong title as the distributor celebrates its 25th anniversary. It is the fourth FSL film that will premiere in Toronto. The others are the Taika Waititi-directed Jojo Rabbit, the Terrence Malick-directed A Hidden Life, and the Noah Hawley-directed Lucy In The Sky. FSL has coming next year the Benh Zeitlin-directed Wendy, the Scott Cooper-directed Antlers, and the Nat Faxon and Jim Rash-directed Downhill. 

 

The Personal History of David Copperfield follows a good-hearted young man whose rogue spirit carries him through a colorful life of poverty and opulence. A burgeoning young writer’s life is followed 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.

 

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1 minute ago, Avatree said:

I'm tired of Hollywood white-erasing roles...

 

 

 

 

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If there was a biopic about an Indian man and a white actor was cast, would that be OK in the current climate?

 


Why should it be different when the roles are reversed?

 

 

David Copperfield is a fictional character by Charles Dickens... 

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34 minutes ago, Avatree said:

I'm tired of Hollywood white-erasing roles...

 

 

 

 

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Actually only people of Indian heritage should play white Brits.

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Ok, who are they going to cast as the Young David, since the first third of the novel is about David as a child?

Tilda Swinton has got to be David's aunt;obvious casting.

But who is Micawbar?

There have been quite a few Film and TV versions of the Dickens novel; back in 2000 there was a BBC miniseries, that had David Radcliff right before Harry Potter as the Young David.

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3 hours ago, dudalb said:

Ok, who are they going to cast as the Young David, since the first third of the novel is about David as a child?

Tilda Swinton has got to be David's aunt;obvious casting.

But who is Micawbar?

There have been quite a few Film and TV versions of the Dickens novel; back in 2000 there was a BBC miniseries, that had David Radcliff right before Harry Potter as the Young David.

Capaldi is Micawbar

 

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6439020/

 

Cast  

 
Tilda Swinton Tilda Swinton ... Betsey Trotwood
Gwendoline Christie Gwendoline Christie ... Jane Murdstone
Ben Whishaw Ben Whishaw ... Uriah Heep
Dev Patel Dev Patel ... David Copperfield
Hugh Laurie Hugh Laurie ... Mr. Dick
Aneurin Barnard Aneurin Barnard ... Steerforth
Sophie McShera Sophie McShera ... Mrs. Crupp
Rosalind Eleazar Rosalind Eleazar ... Agnes
Peter Capaldi Peter Capaldi ... Mr. Micawber
Benedict Wong Benedict Wong ... Mr. Wickfield
Bronagh Gallagher Bronagh Gallagher ... Mrs. Micawber
Aimée Kelly Aimée Kelly ... Emily
Ruby Bentall Ruby Bentall ... Janet
Nikki Amuka-Bird Nikki Amuka-Bird ... Mrs. Steerforth
Morfydd Clark Morfydd Clark ... Dora
Daisy May Cooper Daisy May Cooper    
Paul Whitehouse Paul Whitehouse    
Anthony Welsh Anthony Welsh ... Ham
Divian Ladwa Divian Ladwa ... Dr. Chillip
Lamissah La-Shontae Lamissah La-Shontae ... Homeless Child
James Eeles James Eeles ... Street Sweeper
Zak Holland Zak Holland ... Theatre Audience
Adam Darlington Adam Darlington ... Market Stall Seller
Israel Ruiz Israel Ruiz ... Garden Party Guest
Aston McAuley Aston McAuley ... Butcher's Boy
Daniel Fearn Daniel Fearn ... Pawnbroker
Peter Singh Peter Singh ... Tungay
Megan Johnston Megan Johnston ... Betty Micawber
Kevin Nolan Kevin Nolan ... Theatre Audience Member
Lynn Hunter Lynn Hunter ... Mrs. Heep
Morgan Walters Morgan Walters ... Coachman
Mark Oldridge Mark Oldridge ... Army Officer
Freddie Meredith Freddie Meredith ... Grainger
Robert Jarvis Robert Jarvis ... Bailiff
Jairaj Varsani Jairaj Varsani ... Young David Copperfield
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Don't know when this is out in the States, but just to say that I heartily recommend it.

 

No Spoilers, but a note that this version leans heavily on universal existential themes of growing up and relating to the world around you when you are a person of mild temperament surrounded by and attracted to bigger characters, rather than on the satirical elements of the novel rooted in verisimilitude. Hence the casting of Dev Patel - ethnicity is totally irrelevant since the societal aspects are played down. Patel is terrific throughout, as is the whole cast. 

 

I actually found it incredibly moving, as I suspect anyone of that kind of temperament will do.

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