Armando Iannucci is known for his political satires like Veep, In the Loop and The Thick of It, and his latest project appears to be of a piece with those works. One difference, though: The Death of Stalin is set in the Soviet Union in the early 60s, in the period immediately after the death of Josef Stalin.
Despite its being set in the Soviet Union, the actors in The Death of Stalin – a group which includes Steve Buscemi and Jeffrey Tambor – apparently don’t use any phony Russian accents, a technique which never really made any sense anyway. Instead, normal voices are used, which I’m sure will add to the realism and resonance of the humor.
There’s a new trailer for The Death of Stalin, which comes to select theaters on October 20th, below. In the meantime, you can take a look at the movie’s official site right here – or, better yet, do some reading up on Stalin and the USSR before heading to the theater, it will probably make some of the jokes funnier.
Here’s the trailer: