Last May, we learned that Veep creator Armando Iannucci's next film would be a satirical adaptation of Fabien-Nury’s graphic novel, The Death Of Stalin. Information on the project has been limited since that announcement, but today we got a big update.
For one thing, The Death Of Stalin has begun filming. For another, it just added a few new cast members (to its already-impressive cast): Rupert Friend, Paul Whitehouse and Jason Isaacs will now appear alongside Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin, Timothy Dalton, Olga Kurylenko, Toby Kebbel, and Paddy Considine. Adrian McLoughlin will play Stalin.
Fabien-Nury’s graphic novel is actually a two-parter, with the first volume detailing Stalin's final month and the second volume dealing with Russia's chaotic reaction to his death. One imagines that this setup will provide Iannucci with plenty of raw material for yet another brilliant political comedy (note: In The Loop is back on Netflix, and if you haven't watched it already you are literally just pissing your life away).
No word on when we'll see The Death Of Stalin, but I'd imagine it won't be too long. Expect a trailer and release information later this year.
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