Rupert Friend will be Stalin’s wayward son Vasili # .
That was the official Announcement on Twitter by Armando Iannucci, creator and director of The Death of Stalin, the new film in which Rupert will work.
Based on the graphic novel by Thierry Robin and Fabien Nury, the historical satire is set in the U.S.S.R. in the turbulent hours and days after its once all-powerful ruler Joseph Stalin suffers a stroke and dies in 1953. As his stricken body lies on the floor of his summer retreat in the Moscow suburbs, his senior advisors grapple to assert control in the ensuing power vacuum, plunging the Soviet Union into violent uncertainty.
Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin, Olga Kurylenko, Paddy Considine and Andrea Riseborough were announced as joining the cast of the film in Cannes, where co-producer Gaumont kicked off international sales, and now Homeland star Rupert Friend has been added to the lineup.
According to hollywoodreporter, Principal photography on The Death of Stalin starts on Monday.
Homeland star Rupert Friend has joined the cast of Veep creator Armando Iannucci’s movie The Death of Stalin, which toplines Boardwalk Empire’s Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale (Into the Woods), and Paddy Considine (Macbeth). Pic is shooting in England and Ukraine. Also in the ensemble cast are Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion), Michael Palin (Life of Brian), Andrea Riseborough (Birdman), Paul Whitehouse (Alice in Wonderland) and Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) with Adrian McLoughlin (Thunderpants) as Stalin.
In words of The Death of Stalin creator, Iannucci, “the film 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.”
The Death of Stalin is based on true events and set in the days following Stalin’s collapse as 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,” according to the press statement.
Totally excited by this news, but also a bit intrigued because it seems that The Death of Stalin and Homeland filming could coincide in time at some point, so we expect more news about it soon! 🙂