Steve Buscemi set to star in Armando Iannucci’s Stalin satire

Jeffrey Tambor, Paddy Considine and Michael Palin also appearing

Armando Iannucci is currently working on a follow-up to his HBO hit Veep, with The Death of Stalin – a political satire centred on the aftermath of the Soviet leader’s demise in 1953.

Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Michael Palin, Timothy Dalton, Olga Kurylenko, Toby Kebbel, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine and Andrea Riseborough are all set to star.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Buscemi will play Nikita Khrushchev, Stalin’s eventual successor, with Tambor as Georgy Malenkov, the chairman of the council of ministers in the wake of Stalin’s death.


Dalton will play Georgy Zhukov, a war hero and former confidante of Stalin who was another key figure in the power struggle. The new show is based on the 2011 graphic novel ‘The Death of Stalin’ by Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin.

Earlier this year, Louis CK surprise-released a web series starring himself and Steve Buscemi.

Primarily made up of long shots, the series centred on the two titular men and the patrons of the Brooklyn bar they run together. Bringing it further into the realm of theatre is a 30-second intermission.

Among the cast were Saturday Night Live’s Aidy Bryant as Alice, the daughter of Louis CK’s character, Horace, Vicky Cristina Barcelona’s Rebecca Hall as Rachel, Horace’s girlfriend, and The Sopranos’ Edie Falco as Sylvia, his sister. Other cast members included Alan Alda, Jessica Lange, Kurt Metzger and Steven Wright. Paul Simon wrote the theme tune.