Michael Caine leads cast of new Oliver Twist movie

Michael Caine is returning to the world of Charles Dickens for a modern-day take on Oliver Twist.The Oscar winner, who portrayed miser Ebenezer Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol, will play master thief Fagin opposite Game of Thrones star Lena Heade…

Michael Caine is returning to the world of Charles Dickens for a modern-day take on Oliver Twist.

The Oscar winner, who portrayed miser Ebenezer Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol, will play master thief Fagin opposite Game of Thrones star Lena Headey, singer Rita Ora, and comedian and author David Walliams in the new movie Twist.

The film, which will be set in modern-day London, will also feature Jude Law’s son Rafferty in the title role.

Martin Owen will direct from a script he has co-written.

Announcing his casting, Caine commented, “Fagin is such an infamous character, it’s going to be great fun playing him. I’m really looking forward to working with Lena, Raff and the rest of the cast in London when we start shooting.”

While Headey added that she would be taking on the role of Sikes in the project.

“Flipping roles without apology or character softening is a brilliant way to breathe new life into established materials and bring it to new audiences,” she shared.

Production on the movie will kick off later this year. And accordingly, Law can’t wait to get started on his first major role.

“I’m excited to play such a well-loved literary character, and I’m looking forward to working with Martin Owen to bring to life his new take on the character in modern-day London,” the 23-year-old added.

Oliver Twist, Dickens’s second novel, was first published as a serial from 1837 to 1839. The story has been the subject of numerous adaptations over the years, including the musical play Oliver! and the multiple Academy Award-winning 1968 film.

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Ryan Reynolds & Will Ferrell set to star in musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol

Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell are reportedly set to star in a musical version of A Christmas Carol.The novel, written by Charles Dickens in 1843, follows the story of miserly businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past…

Ryan Reynolds and Will Ferrell are reportedly set to star in a musical version of A Christmas Carol.

The novel, written by Charles Dickens in 1843, follows the story of miserly businessman Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future in an effort to curb his selfish ways.

Now, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, executives at multiple studios are currently bidding on Reynolds and Ferrell’s project, which will be directed by John Morris and written by Sean Anders.

The Anchorman star’s company Gloria Sanchez is producing, alongside Reynolds’ firm Maximum Effort.

Dickens’s novel has been adapted numerous times for cinema and TV, such as Bill Murray’s 1988 comedy Scrooged and 1992’s The Muppet Christmas Carol.

Its most recent interpretation was back in 2009’s animation A Christmas Carol, which starred Jim Carrey in a multitude of roles, with supporting characters voiced by Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Bob Hoskins, Robin Wright, and Cary Elwes.

Reynolds, 42, last appeared in the spin-off movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, and will next feature in Netflix’s 6 Underground, The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, and Shawn Levy’s Free Guy.

Ferrell is set to star in Downhill, which is a remake of the 2014 Swedish film Force Majeure, alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

The 52-year-old is currently featuring in Netflix’s Between Two Ferns: The Movie, with Zach Galifianakis, a spin-off of the successful web series of the same name.

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The Personal History of David Copperfield to open London Film Festival

Armando Iannucci’s latest movie The Personal History of David Copperfield will open the 2019 London Film Festival. The Death of Stalin director’s comedic take on Charles Dickens’s classic novel David Copperfield will kick off the 63rd edition of the a…

Armando Iannucci’s latest movie The Personal History of David Copperfield will open the 2019 London Film Festival.

The Death of Stalin director’s comedic take on Charles Dickens’s classic novel David Copperfield will kick off the 63rd edition of the annual film extravaganza with a premiere at the Odeon Luxe cinema in London’s Leicester Square on 2 October.

The film stars Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel in the lead role, with support from an all-star British cast which includes Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Paul Whitehouse, and Gwendoline Christie.

“The Personal History of David Copperfield is a film about compassion, humour, generosity and friendship, and I couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming setting in which to premiere it,” The Thick of It creator/director shared in a statement.

“Scotland’s Armando Iannucci is one of the most prodigiously talented and original filmmakers hailing from the U.K.,” Tricia Tuttle, BFI London Film Festival Director, added. “The Personal History of David Copperfield shows his trademark wit and a joyous sense of style – it’s a delight from start to finish, with Dev Patel and co-stars delivering performances of megawatt charm and comic flair.

“I’m so excited to be opening the 63rd BFI London Film Festival with this film which is not only wildly entertaining but also a timely celebration of the power of generosity and compassion.”

Iannucci and his frequent collaborator Simon Blackwell wrote the adaptation, which follows the good-hearted David as he sets out to be a writer and meets an array of vivid characters in Victorian England.

The film was shot on location in the U.K. and is produced by Iannucci and Kevin Loader.

The 2019 London Film Festival runs from 2 to 13 October.

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