IFC Films has released the new trailer for their upcoming film directed by Veep creator Armando Iannucci, The Death Of Stalin. The film follows the chaos and jockeying for power that took place after the death of the authoritative leader in 1953. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov, the wily Nikita Khrushchev, and the sadistic secret police chief Lavrentiy Beria. But as they bumble, brawl, and backstab their way to the top, just who is running the government?
What a cast, too. You have Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire) as Khrushchev, Rupert Friend (Homeland), Jason Isaacs (Star Trek: Discovery), Monty Python icon Michael Palin, Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) as Malenkov, and a real standout is Simon Russell Beale as Beria. The film is based on the graphic novel of the same name, translated from the French original La mort de Staline.
Check out the new trailer for The Death Of Stalin below:
The Death Of Stalin is a blast. A film that contains enough memorable one-liners to fill 10 lesser comedies. Despite its satirical tone, this is a handsome production, filled with incredible and accurate set-design and costumes. It moves along at a leisurely pace, indulging in the conniving way these men of power play one another.
The allegory about unfit leaders and corrupt governances is the kind of comedy that Iannucci specializes in, and The Death Of Stalin paints a similar picture of events unfolding in a different capital at this very moment. For a film set 55 years ago it feels depressingly timely.
Check out the official poster for The Death Of Stalin below:
Andrea Riseborough and Olga Kurylenko also feature in The Death Of Stalin, which will be released in theaters on March 9.
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