Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and Tony-winning actor Geoffrey Rush has been cast in National Geographic Channel’s upcoming global anthology series Genius.
Rush will star as Albert Einstein in the first-ever scripted series for the network. The story is based on Walter Isaacson’s critically acclaimed biography of the celebrated scientist, and the first episode will be directed by Imagine’s Ron Howard, his first time directing a scripted prime-time drama.
Production begins next month in Prague, and will air in 2017 on National Geographic Channel in 171 countries and 45 languages.
Joining Rush in the cast is Johnny Flynn (Clouds of Sils Maria, Song One, Lovesick), who will play Einstein in the years before he rose to international attention and acclaim.
Through ten episodes, Genius will chart how an imaginative, rebellious patent clerk, who could not get a teaching job or a doctorate, unlocked the mysteries of the atom and the universe. Each episode will explore Einstein’s extraordinary scientific achievements, along with his volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships.
“The calibre of the Genius cast lives up to the show’s title,” said Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president and head of global scripted development and production, National Geographic Channel. “The supremely talented Geoffrey Rush is dream casting for the role of Albert Einstein, and Johnny Flynn not only is an incredible talent but also bears more than a passing resemblance to Rush. We could not be more excited to get them to work with Ron and the rest of the team.”
“It is a testament to Ron, our team of creative partners and this fantastic material that we have put together such a powerhouse cast, led by the great Geoffrey Rush,” commented Bert Salke, president of Fox 21 Television Studios. “This truly has all the ingredients to be a special series.”
“National Geographic’s unwavering commitment to excellence and their support and passion for this project has helped us attract talent such as Geoffrey and Johnny. My excitement for this project grows every day, and I cannot wait to get started,” added Howard.