Already hailed as “the film of the year” by Peter Bradshaw at The Guardian, darkly comedic political film The Death of Stalin will be released to UK cinemas this October, and this week, a new trailer for the movie dropped. You can check it out below:

Delving into the internal political landscape of Soviet Russia in the 1950s, The Death of Stalin of course takes place in the days following Stalin’s passing, as his core team battle for control, all with their own goals and ambitions. Whilst a number of them are hoping for positive change following Stalin’s fall, there are those who have more sinister agendas. What each of them have in common however is that they’re all desperate to stay alive, in an increasingly dangerous political world.

Jason Isaacs, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Steve Buscemi, Rupert Friend, Jeffrey Tambor, Richard Brake and Paddy Considine all star in the production.

The film is already causing trouble in Russia, with a high-ranking Russian official earlier this month already announcing that the Russian authorities were considering banning the film in the country, as it could be part of a “western plot to destabilise Russia by causing rifts in society.” There hasn’t been word since however on whether or not the film really would be banned from reaching Russian movie theatres, but it certainly wouldn’t shock us if it did turn out to be the case.

Directed by Emmy Award-winning and Oscar-nominated writer and directed Armando Iannucci, The Death of Stalin officially hits cinemas across the UK on October 20, 2017. Yann Zenou, Kevin Loader, Nicolas Duval Assakovsky and Laurent Zeitoun produced the film, with Iannucci also writing the script alongside David Schneider and Ian Martin. Peter Fellows provided additional material, and the film’s based on the graphic novel of the same name by Fabien Nury and Theirry Robin.

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