“They’re calling you a genius, god help you.” Here’s the first trailer for the Berlin competition pic that stars Jude Law as literary giant Thomas Wolfe and Colin Firth and book editor Maxwell Perkins, who discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Genius follows the friendship and working relationship between the two men, which the film describes began thusly: “Every son of a bitch publisher in New York hates my book!” “Mr. Wolfe, we intend to publish your book.”
The British leads bring American accents to their roles — Wolfe from North Carolina and Perkins a New Yorker. It follows the struggle to edit down the first iteration of what would become the writer’s debut novel, Look Homeward, Angel, which originally weighed in at 1,100-plus pages. The film also chronicles Wolfe’s relationship, and sometimes lack thereof, with Aline Bernstein (Nicole Kidman) and their children as work dominates his life. Laura Linney, Guy Pearce and Dominic West also star.
The film comes from Tony-winning director Michael Grandage and three-time Oscar nominated writer John Logan, based on the biography by Pulitzer winner Scott Berg. Lionsgate acquired Genius at Cannes last year and will team with Roadside Attractions to release it June 10. Check out the trailer above, and tell us what you think.