National Geographic Channel has released first-look photos of Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Flynn in character as Albert Einstein in the upcoming 10-part anthology series Genius. Flynn portrays the legendary scientist in his early years, with Rush taking over as Einstein reaches the prime of his career.
Based on Walter Isaacson’s book Einstein: His Life and Universe, adapted by writer Noah Pink, Genius will chart how an imaginative, rebellious patent clerk, who couldn’t get a teaching job or a doctorate, unlocked the mysteries of the atom and the universe. Each episode explores Einstein’s extraordinary scientific achievements, along with his volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships. Imagine’s Ron Howard will direct the first episode, his first time directing a scripted primetime drama.
Cast also includes Emily Watson, Michael McElhatton, Seth Gabel, Samantha Colley, Richard Topol, and Vincent Kartheiser.
Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Television, Fox 21 Television Studios, OddLot Entertainment and EUE/Sokolow produce.
The series will air in 2017 on the National Geographic Channel in 171 countries and 45 languages.