Searchlight Pictures has unveiled the first trailer for The Personal History of David Copperfield. This new take on the Charles Dickens' favorite comes from director Armando Iannucci, best known for his work on HBO's Veep. It stars Dev Patel Slumdog Millionaire, The Newsroom as the iconic character in what looks to be a very unique take on the tale. It certainly doesn't hurt matters that Iannucci has assembled an A-list ensemble to back up Oscar-nominee Patel, who is leading the way.
The trailer kicks off by showing us an adult David Copperfield on stage as played by Dev Patel, recounting some of the major events of his life to the crowd. We then flashback to his life as a young boy and follow him through key moments and adventures. The filmmakers have injected quite a bit of levity and dark humor into the story. Aside from that, one of the big takeaways is the production design. Many of the sets and locations look rather grand and epic. Overall, it looks like a heavily stylized take on a tale that has been told more than a few times in the past, which could help set it apart.
>The Personal History of David Copperfield re-imagines Charles Dickens' classic ode to grit and perseverance through a comedic lens, giving the familiar tale new life for the modern age with a diverse ensemble cast of stage and screen actors from across the world. It follows Copperfield on his quirky journey from impoverished orphan to burgeoning 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 Looking Glass.
Armando Iannucci, outside of HBO's Veep, has worked on several highly-regarded shows including I'm Alan Partridge and The Thick of It. On the movie side of things, he previously directed 2017's The Death of Stalin, which was one of the best-reviewed movies of that year. Iannucci's frequent collaborator Simon Blackwell penned the screenplay. Charles Dickens's tale was originally published as a serial starting in 1849, before being collected as a novel in 1950.
Critics who have screened the movie so far have been quite kind. Following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, it holds an impressive 95 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This could be a much-needed win for Fox, as this was produced before the Disney merger went into effect last year. In the months since the merger, the majority of the studio's titles have flopped, leaving Disney holding the bag. The Personal History of David Copperfield is set to hit theaters on May 8 from Searchlight Pictures. Be sure to check out the new trailer for yourself.
Hot off the buzzy release of the trailer for the Arthurian thriller The Green Knight, Dev Patel is proving his leading man chops with a starring role in a financial thriller under New Regency. Dev Patel will star in Flash Crash, a dramatic thriller based on Liam Vaughan’s upcoming book based on the true story about an financial outsider who finds a way to beat the stock market.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dev Patel is set to star in Flash Crash, a financial thriller that See-Saw Films and New Regency have teamed up to adapt after winning the rights in a bidding war. Penned by Jonathan Perera Miss Sloane, Flash Crash is based on the upcoming Liam Vaughan book Flash Crash: A Trading Savant, a Global Manhunt, and the Most Mysterious Market Crash in History. The book tells the “incredible true story” of Navinder Singh Sarao, a financial market outsider who finds a way to beat the stock market and made millions from his bedroom on the outskirts of London. Here is the synopsis per THR:
Crash tells the incredible true story of Navinder Singh Sarao, described as a brilliant outsider and a man who found a way to beat the stock market, making millions working from a bedroom in his parents’ small suburban home on the outskirts of London. When his focus on outsmarting the corporations coincided with a $1 trillion market drop, he found himself in the crosshairs of a group of U.S. government agents. As the net closed in, Sarao would find himself facing a lifetime in jail in America unless he could find a way to play the system one last time and make himself indispensable to a government intent on making an example of him.
“Navinder Sarao’s story struck us deeply. He’s an unlikely but also complex hero who exposed the manipulations at the heart of the global financial system,” said See-Saw’s Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, who are producing alongside Arnon Milchan of New Regency.
The news of Patel’s casting comes as the British actor is enjoying a resurgence in leading man roles, starring in Armando Ianucci’s upcoming period comedy The Personal History of David Copperfield and David Lowery’s The Green Knight. It’s about time that Patel was embraced as the charismatic leading man he was always destined to be, and the news that the roles keep coming to him is exciting. While financial thrillers can be a bit of a snooze, its scamming protagonist a big hit lately with hits like Hustlers and Patel’s involvement make Flash Crash sound promising.
Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below: