British-Indian actor Dev Patel has been cast in the film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel David Copperfield. Variety Magazine exclusively broke the news of Patel’s casting as the lead role in the film, titled “The Personal History of David Copperfield.”
Dickens had modeled the main character after himself in his book which was first published in 1849, as a serial. It is known as one Dickens’ most favorite work, he had referred to it as his “favorite child.” The film will have a modern twist to this classic tale. It will follow the character of Copperfield, played by Patel, from his troubled, trauma-filled childhood through his journey of self-discovery. It promises to be a colorful ride with many ups and downs as Copperfield discovers his talents as a writer.
The film will be directed by Oscar nominee and “Veep” director Armando Iannucci. He also co-wrote the screenplay with his long-time writing partner, Simon Blackwell.
Dropping hit after hit, it is no surprise Patel has become a hot commodity in Hollywood. Besides being gorgeous and an Oscar nominee, what else has the “Lion” star been up to?
Well, Patel just premiered his directorial debut, “Home Shopper” at the Sundance Film Festival. The short film is a dark comedy about a housewife with an addiction to buying products on infomercials on television. Patel is also filming Michael Winterbottom’s next, “The Wedding Guest,” which will be shot partly in India.