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Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender Cast in Michael Grandage’s Genius

Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender have been cast in director Michael Grandage’s upcoming film ‘Genius,’ whose international sales will be handled by FilmNation Entertainment. Principal photography on the movie, which was penned by three-time Academy Award nominee and ‘Skyfall’ writer John Logan, will begin in early 2014.

The film is based on the National Book Award biography ‘Max Perkins: Editor of Genius,’ by A. Scott Berg. The story follows the real-life relationship between literary giant Thomas Wolfe, played by Fassbender, and renowned editor Max Perkins, portrayed by Firth. Wolfe, who finds fame and critical success at a young age, has a blazing talent and larger-than-life personality to match. Perkins, meanwhile, 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 complex friendship, which changes their lives forever.

Grandage and ‘Genius’ producer released a statement, saying “John Logan, Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender is an extraordinary line-up to work with and we are particularly delighted to bring Glen Basner and all at FilmNation onto the team to join us as we move forward. Together, we can all now look ahead to making this project a reality and bring this amazing story to the attention of audiences everywhere.”

Written by: Karen Benardello

Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender Cast in Michael Grandage's Genius

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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