When Armando Iannucci (“In the Loop,” “The Thick of It”) got cameras rolling on “The Death Of Stalin,” he likely couldn’t have imagined it would be arriving in world where D—– T—- was in the White House. It will likely add some extra spice to his upcoming comedy, which brings together all star cast.
Steve Buscemi, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Paddy Considine, Simon Russell Beale, Rupert Friend, Michael Palin, and Jeffrey Tambor all feature in the adaption of the French graphic novel by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, that takes a comedic look at Stalin’s last days, exploring the chaos of the regime after his death in 1953 following 30 years of iron-fisted rule over the Soviet Union. Here’s the book synopsis:
Fear, corruption and treachery abound in this political satire set in the aftermath of Stalin’s death in the Soviet Union in 1953.
When the leader of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, has a stroke – the political gears begin to turn, plunging the super-state into darkness, uncertainty and near civil war. The struggle for supreme power will determine the fate of the nation and of the world. And it all really happened.
“The Death Of Stalin” will have its World Premiere at TIFF, and will be released in the U.S. by IFC Films.