The Personal History of David Copperfield Trailer Reimagines a Classic with Dev Patel

Searchlight Pictures released the first trailer for The Personal Story of David Copperfield . This new version of Charles Dickens' favorite comes from director Armando Iannucci, better known for his work on HBO Veep . He stars Dev Patel ( Slumdog Millionaire The Newsroom ) as an iconic character for what appears to be a very unique rendition of the tale. It certainly doesn't hurt that Iannucci has put together an entire A-list to support Oscar-nominated Patel who leads the way.

The trailer begins by showing us an adult David Copperfield on stage as played by Dev Patel, telling some of the major events in his life to the crowd. We then return to his life as a young boy and follow him through key moments and adventures. The filmmakers have injected a bit of lightness and dark humor into the story. Apart from that, one of the big points to remember is the design of the production. Many settings and places seem rather grand and epic. Overall, it looks like a very stylized version of a tale that has been told many times in the past, which could help differentiate it.

The personal story of David Copperfield reinvents the classic ode of Charles Dickens in grain and perseverance through a comic lens, giving the family tale new life for the modern era with a diverse ensemble cast of stage and film actors from around the world. He follows Copperfield on his original journey from impoverished orphan to thriving writer in Victorian England. The cast also includes Aneurin Barnard ( Dunkirk ), Peter Capaldi ( Doctor Who ), Gwendoline Christie ( Star Wars: The Last Jedi ), Tilda Swinton ( Doctor Strange ), Benedict Wong ( Avengers: Infinity War ), Daisy May Cooper ( The Wrong Mans ), Rosalind Eleazar ( Howards End ), Hugh Laurie ( House ), Ben Wishaw ( Paddington 2 ), Morfydd Clark ( Pride and Prejudice and Zombies ) and Paul Whitehouse ( Alice through the mirror ).

Armando Iannucci, outside of HBO Veep worked on several very popular shows including I am Alan Partridge and L & # 39; thick of it . On the cinema side, he had previously directed The Death of Stalin which was one of the highest rated films of this year. Simon Blackwell, frequent collaborator of Iannucci, wrote the script. Charles Dickens' tale was originally published in series from 1849, before being collected as a novel in 1950.

Critics who have screened the film so far have been very kind. After its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, it has an impressive 95% approval rating for Rotten Tomatoes. This could be a much-needed victory for Fox, as it was produced before Disney's merger last year. In the months following the merger, the majority of the studio's titles flopped, leaving Disney to hold the bag. The personal story of David Copperfield should be released in theaters on May 8 from Searchlight Pictures. Don't forget to check out the new trailer for yourself.

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