Exec produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, the 10-episode series follows Albert Einstein (Geoffrey Rush) through his early days as a patent clerk with a rebellious streak through his difficulties landing a teaching gig and unlocking “the mysteries of the atom and the universe.”
Knight will play J. Edgar Hoover, the first director of the FBI. He will play the driven and hard-charging political icon at different ages over multiple decades. Under Hoover’s direction, the Bureau amassed an enormous file on Einstein in an attempt to prove that he was a “subversive” and a secret communist. Hoover became focused on ruining Einstein, developing a personal vendetta against the famous scientist following incidents in which Hoover perceived that Einstein had humiliated the U.S. government.
Genius is slated to premiere in April.
Knight next will be seen on ABC’s The Catch and the network’s miniseries When We Rise. He recently appeared on Broadway alongside Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane in It’s Only a Play. Knight is repped by Gersh.