Dev Patel’s Next Move

Slumdog Millionaire Star Is in Two New Thrillers

BY: Claire Connors

Alums of the 2007 British series, Skins, that crazy sexy cool TV show about drug-addled teens and their hormones, has produced a number of today’s biggest stars. Nicholas Hoult (X-men, Warm Bodies), Joe Dempsie (the bastard son of King Baratheon in Game of Thrones), and Hannah Murrary (also on Game of Thrones as Sam’s paramour, Gilly), all practically grew up on Skins.

Another graduate of the series is the sensitive–and dead handsome—actor Dev Patel. Of course the first time he was really noticed in the states was as the star of Danny Boyle’s multiple Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire (2008). Patel’s charming portrayal of a Mumbai teenager competing for the top prize in a TV trivia contest put him on the map. He went on to star in the uplifting, anti-ageism movie, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), and to win a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor in the biographical drama, Lion (2016), costarring Nicole Kidman as his adopted mother.

March is going to be the perfect month to catch with what Patel has been working on recently. In Hotel Mumbai, he plays the head waiter at the famed Hotel Taj, trying desperately to protect his guests from a life-threatening terrorist attack. The cast includes Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name) and Nazanin Boniadi (Homeland and Scandal).

Patel also stars in director Michael Winterbottom’s thriller, The Wedding Guest. Despite the decidedly benign title, in it he plays a British Muslim man traveling through India and Pakistan in search of a bride-to-be (Radhika Apte) he’s been hired to kidnap. Things aren’t quite as they seem between the couple as the hijack quickly turns into a run for their lives, and their mutual attraction only complicates the situation.

Later this year, Patel has another project worth noting. He has the title role in a modernized film version of Charles Dickens’ semi-autobiographical The Personal History of David Copperfield. We follow the life of Copperfield as he rises from a poor, neglected child to a successful writer, and the many people he meets along the way. Patel’s illustrious costars include Game of Thrones’ own Brienne of Tarth, Gwendoline Christie, The Night Manager’s very bad guy, Hugh Laurie, Ben Whishaw (London Spy, A Very English Scandal), as the evil Uriah Heep, and finally Tilda Swinton (Suspiria, Only Lovers Left Alive) as the eccentric Betsey Trotwood.

The Wedding Guest opens March 1st, Hotel Mumbai hits screens March 22nd, and The Personal History of David Copperfield will be out later this year.