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Armando Ianucci is adapting The Death of Stalin

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In the Loop Academy Award nominated director, multiple Golden Globes and Emmy Awards winner, VEEP creator and showrunner Armando Iannucci comes back to cinema with The Death of Stalin, an adaptation from the graphic novel by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin.

On the night of 2nd March 1953,a man is dying. The man is Joseph Stalin, dictator, tyrant, butcher as well a Secretery General of USSR. A terrible stroke is wracking his entire body. He is drooling. He is pissing himself. He is about to kick the bucket and if you play your cards right, his job is yours for the taking.

Based on a true story, The Death of Stalin is a satire about the days before the funerals of the Nation’s Father. Two days of fierce infighting for the supreme power, where manipulation, lust, betrayal will be the weapons. Iannucci will deliver his own funny version of a dictatorship plunged into madness, depravity and inhumanity, a scathing comedy with no holds barred !

QUAD and MAIN JOURNEY, in association with GAUMONT, are producing , which principal photography is due to June 20th, for a Cannes 2016 delivery.

The following are all in talks to star in the film – Steve Buscemi as Khrushchev, Jeffrey Tambor as Malenkov, Toby Kebbell as Vasily, Michael Palin as Molotov, Simon Russel Beale as Beria, Timothy Dalton as Zhukov, Paddy Considine, Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough.

GAUMONT handles worldwide distribution and starts pre-sales this Cannes Film Festival.Buyers are very excited about the project, and Gaumont has been able to close German speaking Europe with TELEMUNCHEN /CONCORDE day 1 of the market and MADMAN for Australia.Both deals have been negociated by Cécile Gaget and Adeline Falampin on behalf of Gaumont.

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