Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender to star in Genius

FilmNation Entertainment has announced that British thespian Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Michael Fassbender (Prometheus) are set to star in the forthcoming movie Genius based on the award winning biography Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg.

According to ComingSoon, the film “centers on the real-life relationship between literary giant Thomas Wolfe (Fassbender) and Editor Max Perkins (Firth). Finding fame and critical success at a young age, Wolfe is a blazing talent with a larger-than-life personality to match. Perkins is one of the most respected and well-known literary editors of all time, discovering such iconic novelists as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Wolfe and Perkins develop a tender, complex friendship.”

FilmNation’s Glen Basner said “Genius promises to be a beautifully performed, electrifying and deeply moving film. With such a strong creative team led by Michael Grandage, John Logan and James Bierman and with Firth and Fassbender on board, who are undoubtedly two of the finest screen actors working today, we can’t wait to introduce the film to buyers at AFM.”

Three-time Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner John Logan (Gladiator, Hugo, The Aviator, Skyfall) penned the script for Genius and award-winning British theatre director Michael Grandage is due to helm the new film. Principal photography is scheduled to start early in 2014.

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