‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’ Will Open London Film Festival

Slumdog Millionaire” and “Lion” star Dev Patel toplines period Charles Dickens drama “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” Armando Iannucci’s followup to “The Death of Stalin,” which will have its European premiere on opening night October 2 at the Odeon Luxe, Leicester Square at the BFI London Film Festival.

This year’s festival runs October 3 to 13.This date means the film will first play one or more stateside festivals: Telluride, Toronto, or New York, where American buyers will first check out the film.

FilmNation is handling international rights, with UTA co-repping the U.S.

sale.Iannucci’s witty dialogue and the detailed Victorian setting should be catnip for BAFTA and Academy voters, along with a starry cast including Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse, Gwendoline Christie, and Aneurin Barnard.

Shot on location in the UK, the film is produced by Kevin Loader and Iannucci; Suzie Harman

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