Iannucci revealed he is leaving his post as the executive producer of Julia Louis-Dreyfus' U.S. political comedy last month (Apr15), explaining that he decided to leave behind the gruelling shooting schedule in favour of spending time with his family in the U.K.

But at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Thursday (14May15), it was announced he has been hired to lead The Death of Stalin, the big screen adaptation of Fabien Nury's graphic novel.

The political satire follows Stalin's last days in 1953 and the chaos that ensued following his death.

Filming on the movie is slated to begin next year (16).