Genius is a literary biopic from Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage. The film premiered in competition at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival and stars Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce, and Dominic West.
Finding fame and critical success at a young age, Thomas Wolfe (Law) is a blazing talent with a larger-than-life personality to match. Max Perkins (Firth) 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. Transformative and irrepressible, this friendship will change the lives of these brilliant, but very different men forever.
In the screenplay Grandage saw a connection between the role of an editor like Perkins and a director like himself. “I found myself reading a screenplay about something I had been doing for twenty years but had never been able to articulate. I think the role of an editor is similar to the role of a director. He has to take this extraordinary raw talent and open himself up to find their trust and help them give of their best. It’s an absolute direct correlation between what I do with actors.”
Genius is rated PG.