Having recently stepped down as showrunner for the smash hit Veep, Armando Iannucci has set his sights on his next project. With Timothy Dalton, Toby Kebbell, Michael Palin, Olga Kurylenko to name only but a few, Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin has added two major Hollywood juggernauts to its cast in the forms of Steve Buscemi and Jeffrey Tambor.
In a similar sense to Veep, The Death of Stalin will be enveloped in politics and satire. An adaptation of the French graphic novel of the same name by renowned novelists Thierry Robin and Fabien Nury, it actually follows the real life events which occurred in the aftermath of Joseph Stalin’s death, with fierce infighting, intimidation, betrayal, lust and blackmail all rearing their ugly heads.
Buscemi will take on the role of Nikita Khrushchev whereas Tambor will portray Georgy Malenkov. Production is set to begin sometime next month, with Iannucci hoping to have it ready to premiere at next years Cannes Film Festival.