While there is no word yet as to when Dev Patel’s fans will get to watch his next film, “Hotel Mumbai,” based on the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, in the meantime, there is a piece of good news for them.
The British Indian actor is set to play David Copperfield in FilmNation’s new retelling of Charles Dickens’ “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” which will be directed and written by “Veep” creator Armando Iannucci, reports Variety.
The project will offer a modern take on Dickens’ title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it, adds the exclusive report. The original “David Copperfield” was first published in 1850 and describes the journey of the titular protagonist — who was modeled after Dickens himself, from impoverished childhood to becoming a successful author, thanks to perseverance and despite a lack of personal discipline.
Kevin Loader and Iannucci will produce the feature, which was developed with FilmNation.
Patel, last seen in the Oscar-nominated film, “Lion,” will reportedly play the role of a waiter in “Hotel Mumbai,” which, according to the makers, “is an astonishing true story of the victims and survivors, of compassion and courage in the face of the darkest inhumanity.”
“Hotel Mumbai” is based on the three-day siege of the Taj Hotel that started Nov. 26, 2008 by Pakistan-based terrorists belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba in which 167 people were killed. The film also stars Indian actor Anupam Kher.
Patel, Variety adds, is currently filming “The Wedding Guest” for Sony Pictures.