Premiering at Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year was Genius, a drama which focused on the working relationship between author Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) and his editor, Max Perkins (Colin Firth). The screen debut of theater director Michael Grandage, John Logan‘s screenplay is adapted from A. Scott Berg‘s book Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, which also features such literary figures as Fitzgerald and Hemingway. Ahead of a summer release from Roadside Attractions, the first trailer has now arrived.
We said in our review, “Ultimately, Genius is more satisfying than many recent traditional biopics, and, oddly, by embracing caricature-like portrayals, the film is able to tap into its simple but humble pleasures. There’s no lengthy debate as to what defines genius nor conversation as to what that even means; there doesn’t have to be. Genius puts those words right up on screen and the case is made.” Also starring Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce and Dominic West, check out the trailer below.
From Academy Award-nominated screenwriter JOHN LOGAN (Gladiator, The Aviator, Hugo, Skyfall) and acclaimed, Tony Award-winning director MICHAEL GRANDAGE in his feature film debut, comes Genius, a stirring drama about the complex friendship and transformative professional relationship between the world-renowned book editor Maxwell Perkins (who discovered F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway) and the larger-than-life literary giant Thomas Wolfe. Based on the biography “Max Perkins: Editor of Genius” by A. SCOTT BERG, Genius stars COLIN FIRTH as Perkins, JUDE LAW as Wolfe, NICOLE KIDMAN as Aline Bernstein, a costume designer sharing a tumultuous relationship with Wolfe, LAURA LINNEY as Louise Perkins, Max’s wife and a talented playwright, GUY PEARCE as F. Scott Fitzgerald and DOMINIC WEST as Ernest Hemingway.
Genius opens on June 10th.