Top cast lined-up for Stephen Fry film The Liar

Wednesday 18th March 2020, 2:07pm

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A top cast has been lined up for The Liar, a film version of Stephen Fry's best-selling novel.

David Walliams, Charles Dance, Hugh Bonneville, Rupert Everett, Warwick Davis and Sally Phillips are amongst the cast that have been revealed as producers seek investment to fund the film.

Published in 1991, The Liar was Fry's debut novel. To date it has sold over 3 million copies. Described as "by turns eccentric, shocking, brilliantly comic and achingly romantic", the story focuses on Adrian Healey, a character "magnificently unprepared for the long littleness of life".

The Liar will be only the second of Fry's four novels to be filmed. The previous, 1994's The Hippopotamus, was released in 2017.

Producers explain that The Liar is about "a brilliant, manipulative young man, who has a strong compulsion to lie, becomes embroiled in an elaborate 'game' of lying and finds himself in a world where nobody can be trusted. This is the educational career of public school student Adrian Healey (Stephen Fry's alter-ego, and an inveterate liar), whose school pranks somehow get him embroiled in an international espionage case."

Currently still in development, the film is also set to feature The Full Monty star Tom Wilkinson and Sex Education actor Asa Butterfield if the producers can raise the required capital. An email to potential investors also teases The Liar would feature "a 'who's who' of British comedy cameos".

Producers describe the film as "a fast-paced, rude, dark and very funny comedy about learning to accept who you are in life".

Iain Smith, who has worked on films including Mad Max: Fury Road, is executive producing the project alongside Gavin James (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines), for A-Z Films.

Further details are expected to be revealed about the project should it make it to the shooting stage.


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The Hippopotamus

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First released: Monday 3rd July 2017

  • Distributor: Network
  • Region: B
  • Discs: 1
  • Minutes: 89
  • Subtitles: English
  • Catalogue: 7958130

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  • Distributor: Network
  • Region: 2
  • Discs: 1
  • Minutes: 90
  • Subtitles: English
  • Catalogue: 7954780

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Stephen Fry - The Liar

Stephen Fry - The Liar

Stephen Fry's breathtakingly outrageous debut novel, by turns eccentric, shocking, brilliantly comic and achingly romantic.

Adrian Healey is magnificently unprepared for the long littleness of life; unprepared too for the afternoon in Salzburg when he will witness the savage murder of a Hungarian violinist; unprepared to learn about the Mendax device; unprepared for more murders and wholly unprepared for the truth.

The Liar is a thrilling, sophisticated and laugh out loud hilarious novel from a brilliantly talented writer.

First published: Thursday 5th August 2004

  • Released: Tuesday 17th May 2016
  • Publisher: Palala Press
  • Pages: 156
  • Catalogue: 9781356955039

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  • Publisher: Arrow
  • Pages: 400
  • Catalogue: 9780099457053

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  • Released: Wednesday 22nd September 2010
  • Distributor: Random House

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