Dev Patel Lands Lead in ‘David Copperfield’ Adaptation

Oscar-nominated actor Dev Patel has signed on for the titular role in “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” a film loosely based on the Charles Dickens novel “David Copperfield.”

The semi-autobiographical novel follows the escapades of the eponymous Copperfield from childhood to adolescence and adulthood as he navigates a chaotic world to discover his love and talent for storytelling. According to Deadline, the upcoming film adaptation will give the classic bildungsroman a modern twist. Armando Ianucci, the Oscar-nominated showrunner of HBO’s “Veep,” will be directing.

Dev Patel’s acting career began with his turn as Anwar Kharral on the British teen drama “Skins,” but the English actor rose to prominence when he starred as Jamal Malik in “Slumdog Millionaire,” which won Best Picture at the 81st Academy Awards. Patel was nominated for another Oscar for his role in Garth Davis’ “Lion.” He’s also expected back on the screen in the upcoming film “Hotel Mumbai.”