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Rosamund Pike, Aneurin Barnard and Anya Taylor Joy join Radioactive

Rosamund Pike in Fracture

Story by Jack Foley

BAFTA and Oscar® nominee Rosamund Pike, Aneurin Barnard, Anya Taylor Joy and Simon Russell Beale are set to star in Oscar® nominated director Marjane Satrapi’s next feature film, Radioactive.

The film will be based on Nobel Prize winning scientist Marie Curie.

Adapted from Laura Redniss’ graphic novel Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout, the screenplay was written by Jack Thorne (Wonder, Channel 4’s four-part series Kiri).

Radioactive tells the incredible, true story of Marie Curie (Pike) and her ground-breaking scientific achievements. In Paris, 1893, Marie meets fellow scientist Pierre Curie (Riley).

The pair go on to marry, raise two daughters and change the face of science forever by jointly winning the Nobel Prize for the discovery of radium in 1903. Marie Curie was the first female scientist to win the esteemed prize.

After the death of her beloved Pierre, Marie continues her research and invites scandal when she has an affair with another prominent scientist, Paul Langevin (Barnard).

However, it is Marie’s commitment to science which prevails, and the responsibility that comes with discoveries that quite literally change the world.

Intercut between past and various sections of the present, we see how their science shaped both modern medicine and the advent of nuclear power and weapons.

Anya Taylor Joy will star as Marie Curie’s daughter, Irene, with Simon Russell Beale starring as Professor Lippmann, a professor at the Université de Paris, Faculté des Sciences, with whom Marie Curie comes into conflict.

Principal photography on the project began in Budapest this week.

Pike, an Oscar nominee for Gone Girl, was most recently seen in A United Kingdom and has Entebbe coming out this year. Barnard’s recent hit was Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, while Taylor Joy is riding high off the critical acclaim surrounding The Witch and Split.

STUDIOCANAL and Amazon Studios are co-financing the feature film with STUDIOCANAL handling international sales and releasing the film in their territories including the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. Amazon Studios will release the film in the US.