Filming has started on THE DEATH OF STALIN from director Armando Iannucci. The film has a star studded cast including Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Palin, Paul Whitehouse and Andrea Risborough. The film tells the story of the power struggle which took place following the death of Stalin.

Armando Iannucci said, “‘The Death of Stalin’ has everything: comedy, tragedy, truth, lies, life, death, bravery and cowardice. All under the shadow of Stalin’s Terror. So I’m really pleased we have an amazingly multifaceted cast who can give us all these things and more. It’s an unbelievable ensemble — great actors, brilliant comedians, fantastic personalities — and together they give us all the horrific drama and base absurdity of the crazy last days of Stalin and the power-struggle to succeed him.”

Filming will take place in Ukraine and the UK and the screenplay written by Iannucci is based on the book by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin.