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The first domino of the fall festival season has dropped with the announcement that Armando Iannucci’s “The Personal History of David Copperfield” is set to open the 63rd BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 2. What’s noteworthy about “David Copperfield’s” premiere is that it is strictly a “European” one meaning its world premiere should occur at either the Telluride or Toronto International Film Festivals in September. Considering Iannucci’s last film, “The Death of Stalin,” debuted at TIFF in 2017, we’re betting on the later.
Based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel, “David Copperfield” stars Dev Patel in the title role with a noteworthy cast rounding out some familiar literary characters. Tilda Swinton will play David’s Aunt, Betsey Trotwood, Hugh Laurie will portray Mr. Dick, Ben Whishaw will play Uriah Heep, Benedict Wong is set for Mr. Wickefield, Gwendoline Christie will portray Jane Murdstone and Iannucci favorite Peter Capaldi will, in theory, play against...
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