Guy Pearce and Dominic West are set to join Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney in Michael Grandage’s feature debut, Genius. Emmy Award-winning Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce, The Hurt Locker, The King’s Speech) will play F. Scott Fitzgerald along-side Golden Globe nominee Dominic West (The Hour, The Wire, Pride) as Ernest Hemmingway.
Adapted by playwright and screenwriter John Logan (Skyfall, The Aviator, Gladiator) from A. Scott Berg’s book, Genius tells the true story of the complex relationship between literary giant Thomas Wolfe (Law) and Scribner’s iconic editor Max Perkins (Firth). Kidman plays Aline Bernstein and Linney is Louise Perkins. Genius will commence filming next month at Shepperton Studios and on location in the UK.
The film marks the third collaboration between director Grandage, his producing partner James Bierman and John Logan following the hugely successful stage productions of Red, inspired by artist Mark Rothko, and, most recently, Peter And Alice starring Dame Judi Dench. Former Donmar Warehouse a.d. Grandage and Bierman’s newly formed MGC has just completed a sell-out 15-month theater season in London’s West End. Productions included Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple Of Inishmaan starring Daniel Radcliffe which then transferred to Broadway and Henry V starring Jude Law.
Desert Wolf Productions was founded by John Logan in 2012 to create film, television and theater projects. The acclaimed Showtime series Penny Dreadful is the first official Desert Wolf production.
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