So, I’m experiencing that thing where you see a major star playing one of your favorite authors ever in a movie. It’s not necessarily bad, it’s just…unexpected. At any rate, the first image from “Genius” has arrived, along with a deal that will see the movie released by Lionsgate.
Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce and Dominic West star in the movie that will tell the story of the relationship between acclaimed editor Max Perkins and celebrated author Thomas Wolfe (“Look Homeward, Angel,” “You Can’t Go Home Again“). Perkins helped Wolfe focus his beautifully wild writing to make him into a figure that for a brief, if somewhat forgotten moment, made him one of the best known voices in American letters. He was also someone who was larger than life, with a heroic appetite for both food and women.
The movie is being described as “Oscar-bait,” but we shall see. No release date has been set just yet, but perhaps it’ll make an appearance at TIFF? [Deadline]