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Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender, Genius casting

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Story by Jack Foley

COLIN Firth looks set to star alongside Michael Fassbender in new film, Genius.

Based on A. Scott Berg’s National Book Award winning biography Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, the film will chart the real-life relationship between literary giant Thomas Wolfe (Fassbender) and renowned editor Max Perkins (Firth).

The two men developed a tender, complex friendship that changed the lives of both men forever, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film will be directed by Michael Grandage, who recently served as the artistic director of London’s Donmar Warehouse, while John Logan (of Skyfall fame) has adapted the script.

FilmNation’s Glen Basner commented: “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 [the American Film Market].”

Firth’s forthcoming projects include the Eric Lomax bio-pic The Railway Man and Atom Egoyan’s The Devil’s Knot opposite Reese Witherspoon.

Fassbender’s slate includes Terrence Malick’s untitled project, Ridley Scott’s The Counselor and Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years A Slave, as well as a film version of Assassin’s Creed.

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