Rupert Friend (“Homeland,” “Hitman: Agent 47”) has joined the cast of “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin”.
Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Paul Whitehouse, Jeffrey Tambor and Adrian McLoughlin also star in the film which is shooting in England and Ukraine.
Based on Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin’s graphic novel about true events, the action set in the days following Stalin’s collapse. His core team of ministers tussle for control – some want positive change in the Soviet Union, others have more sinister motives. Their one common trait? They’re all just desperately trying to remain alive. Iannucci says in a statemwnt:
“‘The Death of Stalin’ has everything: comedy, tragedy, truth, lies, life, death, bravery and cowardice. All under the shadow of Stalin’s Terror. So I’m really pleased we have an amazingly multifaceted cast who can give us all these things and more. It’s an unbelievable ensemble – great actors, brilliant comedians, fantastic personalities – and together they give us all the horrific drama and base absurdity of the crazy last days of Stalin and the power struggle to succeed him.”
Iannucci, David Schneider and Ian Martin penned the film with additional material by Peter Fellows. Yann Zenou, Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun and Kevin Loader are producing.