Is now the best or the worst time to be releasing a comedy about Russian politics? We’ll find out later this year when Veep creator Armando Iannucci’s new film The Death of Stalin invades cinemas. Set in 1953, and based on the just-published Titan Comics graphic by writer Fabien Nury and artist Thierry Robin, the movie concerns the chaos and power struggles which ensue after Soviet leader Joseph Stalin has a stroke.
The Death of Stalin stars Steve Buscemi (Broadwalk Empire, Reservoir Dogs), Rupert Friend (Homeland), Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter films), Simon Russell Beale (Penny Dreadful), Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent, Arrested Development), and the mighty Monty Python legend Michael Palin. The film is Iannucci’s second film as director, following 2009’s In the Loop, another political comedy whose script was nominated for an Academy Award.
Watch the new trailer for The Death of Stalin above and see Iannucci talking about the film in a video, below.
The Death of Stalin will be released later this year.