The pairing of actor Peter Capaldi and writer/director Armando Iannucci is one of the all-time greats. Between English political satire The Thick of It on television, and its feature spinoff In The Loop, Capaldi and Iannucci created an unforgettable character in harsh-mouthed political fixer Malcolm Tucker. The guy could supply endless reaction gifs, were The Thick of It wider-seen.
So it’s the best kind of good news that Capaldi and Iannucci are re-teaming on Iannucci’s next movie, The Personal History of David Copperfield. Per Iannucci’s Twitter account:
Fresh off a three-year run on Doctor Who, Capaldi will play Mr. Micawber, David’s landlord, who in the Charles Dickens novel gets sent to debtors’ prison before helping David bring down creepy, obsequious embezzler Uriah Heep. He’s perfect for the role: charismatic, witty, cheeky, and moderately untrustworthy. I can’t wait.
Personal History also stars Dev Patel as David, as well as Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, and Ben Whishaw in unannounced roles (any of those actors would make a great Uriah Heep, but realistically it’ll probably be Whishaw). Recently speaking, Capaldi can also be seen in the excellent Paddington 2, and will provide the voice of Rabbit in the upcoming Christopher Robin.
If you’re unfamiliar with Iannucci’s work, there’s plenty of it to go around - features In the Loop and The Death of Stalin; and television series The Thick of It, Veep, The Day Today, I’m Alan Partridge, The Armando Iannucci Shows, and Time Trumpet. The guy showed up at Fantastic Fest last year and gave one of the smartest, funniest Q&As I’ve ever seen. I’ll keep banging this drum until I wear through the goddamn skin.