Peter Capaldi and Armando Iannucci team up again for David Copperfield

Capaldi previously appeared in Iannucci's 'The Thick of It'

Jack Shepherd
Wednesday 09 May 2018 12:25 BST
(BBC/Des Willie)

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Armando Iannucci continues to assemble an all-star cast for his upcoming adaptation of Charles Dickens’s classic tale The Personal History of David Copperfield.

Actors already on board include Dev Patel (as the titular character), Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, and Hugh Laurie.

Iannucci has since announced that Peter Capaldi will play Mr. Micawber, the famous optimist forced to work for a corrupt Uriah Heep in order to pay of his debts.

The former Doctor Who and Iannucci have worked together on multiple occasions, Capaldi famously playing Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It and In The Loop.

Mr. Micawber has been portrayed multiple times on screen before, most famously by W.C. Fields in the acclaimed 1935 film adaptation of Dickens’s book. Bob Hoskins later tackled the role in the 1999 BBC series, while David Jason played the character in the 2001 ITV drama Micawber.

Iannucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield currently has no release date. Simon Blackwell – who also worked on In The Loop, The Thick of It, and Veep – will co-author the screenplay.

Capaldi was last seen on the big screen portraying Mr. Curry in Paddington 2 and will next voice Rabbit in Disney’s upcoming movie Christopher Robin.

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