Jude Law is poised to play American novelist Thomas Wolfe, alongside Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.
Law has been cast as the literary icon in Michael Grandage’s indie film Genuis, replacing Michael Fassender, who was originally linked to the part.
Based on A Scott Berg’s biography Max Perkins: The Editor of Genius, the film tells the real life story of the relationship between Thomas Wolfe, who penned The Lost Boy and Look Homeward, Angel, and renowned editor Max Perkins, who is set to be played by Colin Firth.
Perkins was an editor for American publishers Scribner and presided over iconic authors such as F Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.
“We are thrilled to have assembled such an extraordinary team around us as we move forward with this project, and we can’t wait to begin filming,” said Grandage and producer James Bierman in a statement.
Production will start in the UK and in America in August this year.