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Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi to Star in Armando Iannucci’s ‘Death of Stalin’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko and Timothy Dalton are in advanced negotiations to star in Armando Iannucci’s ensemble political satire “The Death of Stalin,” which is being shopped by Gaumont at Cannes.

Toby Kebbel, Michael Palin, Simon Russel Beale, Paddy Considine and Andrea Riseborough complete the cast.

Adapted from the French graphic novel by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin, and based on a true story, “The Death of Stalin” chronicles the chaotic days before Stalin’s funeral, marked by fierce infighting for the supreme power.

Tambor will star as Georgy Malenkov, Buscemi will play Nikita Khrushchev and Dalton will portray Georgy Zhukov.

The scathing comedy was penned by Iannucci and David Schneider, in collaboration with Ian Martin (“In the Loop,” “Veep”).

Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky, Laurent Zeitoun and Yann Zenou are producing for Quad Films and Main Journey (“The Intouchables,” “Ballerina”), in association with Gaumont.

The film will start shooting on June 20 for a Cannes 2017 delivery.

Iannucci, who is repped by UTA and PBJ Management, recently exited “Veep” after four seasons as exec producer. He notably created British political satire TV series “The Thick of It,” and directed “In the Loop” and the “Alan Partridge” films with Steve Coogan.

One of the hottest projects being sold at Cannes, “The Death of Stalin” has already pre-sold to Telemunchen/Concorde for German-speaking Europe and Madman for Australia.

Both deals have been negotiated by Cécile Gaget and Adeline Falampin on behalf of Gaumont.

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