LONDON (Reuters) – British satirist Armando Iannucci swaps political comedies for Charles Dickens in “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” a comedy-drama adaptation of the literary classic in which Dev Patel leads a racially diverse cast in the Victorian-era movie.
The “Lion” and “Slumdog Millionaire” actor, born in London to Indian parents, plays the lead, a role he did not think would come his way, he said at the movie’s opening of the BFI London Film Festival on Wednesday evening.
“It’s incredible to watch this film,” Patel said.
“I never thought I would ever have a film like this where I get to be in period Victorian costume … It’s a wonderful opportunity and I hope it continues to open doors and it sends a message to the rest of the industry to be as bold as Mr Iannucci.”
The film begins with Copperfield, a writer, taking audiences back to the start of his life, with his widowed mother giving birth to him, supported by doting housekeeper…
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