Director: Armando Iannucci
Producer: Quad Productions, Ken Loader, Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou
Written by: David Schneider
Screenplay by: Armando Iannucci
Graphic Novel by: Fabien Nury
Cast Includes: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Andrea Riseborough, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin, Jeffrey Tambor, Olga Kurylenko, Paul Whitehouse
THE DEATH OF STALIN is a feature adaptation on Fabien-Nury’s acclaimed graphic novel that follows the Soviet dictator’s last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death in 1953 after 30 years of iron-fisted rule over the Soviet Union. Stalin’s death has been the subject of much conjecture and conspiracy theories over the years, with some asserting he was poisoned under the orders of KGB chief Lavrenty Beria to prevent the bellicose Stalin from plunging the country and world into World War III. That Beria, who ranked only behind Stalin in terms of fearsome reputation, was himself executed months later under charges of being an agent for Western intelligence agencies, has only added to the mystique surrounding that epochal moment in history.
Armando Iannucci directs and has written the screenplay with frequent collaborator David Schneider, with Ian Martin (In The Loop, Veep) also doing a polish. Quad’s Laurent Zeitoun, Yann Zenou and Nicolas Duval Adassovsky produce alongside Kevin Loader (The Lady In The Van).