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Jude Law to Play Thomas Wolfe Alongside Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman in ‘Genius’

Michael Grandage is directing the film, which John Logan adapted from A. Scott Berg’s biography

Two-time Oscar nominee Jude Law has signed on to join Oscar winners Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman in “Genius,” which the Michael Grandage Company announced Friday will begin principal photography this fall.

Michael Grandage will make his directorial debut from a script by three-time Oscar nominee John Logan (“The Aviator”).

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Based on A. Scott Berg’s award-winning biography “Max Perkins: Editor of Genius,” the film recounts the real-life relationship between literary giant Thomas Wolfe (Law) and renowned editor Max Perkins (Firth), who developed a tender, complex friendship that changed both of their lives forever.

The film is being co-financed by Silver Reel, with FilmNation Entertainment handling all international sales. CAA is handling the domestic sale.

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Pre-production will commence in August, and shooting will start on Oct. 13 in the U.K and U.S.

“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,” Grandage and producer James Bierman said in a joint statement.

Law, who currently stars opposite Demian Bichir in “Dom Hemingway,” recently appeared in Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and will soon be seen alongside Melissa McCarthy in Paul Feig’s comedy “Spy.”