Atkinson Joins New David Copperfield

Rowan Atkinson is set to reunite with “Johnny English” director Peter Howitt for a version of Charles Dickens’ “David Copperfield” reports Variety.

In “Copperfield,” Atkinson will play Mr. Micawber, Copperfield’s landlord and one of Dickens’ most famous comic characters, eternally and irrationally optimistic as he slides toward financial ruin.

Micawber was played by W.C. Fields in George Cukor’s 1935 movie. That pic was the last bigscreen adaptation of the novel, although it has been made numerous times since for TV.

Atkinson reprised his most famous role in the recent release “Mr. Bean’s Holiday” which has made $157 million in international markets (it hits the US at the end of August).

Howitt co-wrote the “Copperfield” script with Douglas McFerran which is considered a fresher and more realistic adaptation of the work and its characters. The $30 million project is being lined up to shoot in early 2008.