Fox Searchlight to Release “The Personal History of David Copperfield” on May 8, 2020

Fox Searchlight plans to release their recently acquired The Personal History of David Copperfield next spring. The film is scheduled to premiere in theaters on May 8, 2020.

Credit: BFI Via Deadline

Credit: BFI Via Deadline

What’s happening:

  • Before Armando Ianucci’s The Personal History of David Copperfield even made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Fox Searchlight set about to acquire the distribution rights.
  • Deadline is reporting that now, the film is slated for a theatrical run starting May 8, 2020.
  • Copperfield marks Iannucci’s third feature as director following the British political comedy In the Loop and The Death of Stalin.
  • He’s best known to American audiences as the creator of HBO’s award winning series Veep.
  • Iannucci adapted the Charles Dickens novel for the screen along with his In the Loop co-writer, Simon Blackwell.

The Personal Life of David Copperfield stars:

  • Dev Patel as Copperfield
  • Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange)
  • Hugh Laurie (Tomorrowland)
  • Peter Capaldi (Christopher Robin)
  • Ben Whishaw (Mary Poppins Returns)
  • Paul Whitehouse
  • Aneurin Barnard
  • Daisy May Cooper
  • Morfydd Clark
  • Benedict Wong (Lady and the Tramp)
  • Gwendoline Christie (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
  • Anthony Welsh
  • Rosalind Eleazar


  • “The Personal History of David Copperfield, a re-imagination of the Charles Dickens’ classic novel David Copperfield, follows a good-hearted young man whose rogue spirit carries him through a colorful life of poverty and opulence. A burgeoning young writer’s life is followed from orphaned infancy to adulthood as he befriends a collection of eccentric characters on a journey of love, acceptance and self-discovery in Victorian England.”

Creative team:

  • Written, directed, and produced by:
    • Armando Iannucci
  • Co-written by:
    • Simon Blackwell
  • Produced by:  
    • Kevin Loader
  • Executive produced by:
    • Daniel Battsek
    • Ollie Madden
    • Simon Blackwell
    • Ben Browning
    • Glen Basner
    • Christos V. Konstantakopoulos