British-Indian actor Dev Patel has compared the cast of his upcoming film "The Personal History of David Copperfield" to Marvel Studios' "Avengers". Patel is essaying the role of the titular character in the upcoming adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, which also features popular actors such as Peter Capaldi, Gwendoline Christie and Tilda Swinton. "I really think that we've just assembled our Avengers of British acting. They're just so funny," he told Digital Spy. Armando Iannucci has directed the costume-drama and Patel said the filmmaker gave a unique touch of humour to the story. "It's like Armando has taken the stiffness of what you think is a period film and given it a buoyancy and a vibrancy and a humour that is so cool." "We had a two-week rehearsal period and everyone came in with their own cadence and comedic timing. Some of them were physical, some of them were dry, and it just brings this diversity -- which is what we see out there in the streets. So alive and real,"
Director Armando Iannucci says he consciously decided to ignore the skin colour of his actors in the multi-ethnic cast of his film "The Personal History of David Copperfield". The costume-drama made headlines when British-Indian actor Dev Patel was chosen by the filmmaker to play Copperfield in his modern reimagining of the Charles Dickens novel, first published in 1850 and set in England. "It just felt like, why are we not doing this? It's when I thought of Dev as David. He said: 'Do I have an Indian father?' No. Although it's set in 1840. For the people in the film it's the present day. And it's an exciting present," Iannucci told The Guardian. The modern retelling will see the character navigate a chaotic world to find his place in it. The original "David Copperfield" chronicles the journey of the titular protagonist, which was based on the author himself. Iannucci said amid Brexit, he wanted to celebrate the true essence of the country. "It wasn't a conscious reaction to Brexit, ..