As the National Geographic’s first scripted primetime series, Genius, set to be a 10-episode drama, will be a biographical account of Albert Einstein and his journey to his theory of relativity.
In the anthology, Geoffrey Rush will star as Albert Einstein, and younger Einstein will be played by Johnny Flynn, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The first season of Genius is based on Walter Isaacson’s acclamed Einstein biography, Einstein: His Life and Universe. The pilot will be directed by Ron Howard, and this will be his first time being at the forefront of a scripted primetime drama.
Howard, an Oscar-winning director for A Beautiful Mind and a nominee for Frost/Nixon, said, “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.”
The anthology will explore Einstein’s life in the years before he became internationally famous, illustrating his journey to his groundbreaking theory of relativity, and the period of his life when he couldn’t even land a teaching job. The episodes will delve into his intricate personal relationships as well as his scientific achievements and breakthroughs.
Genius, from Fox 21 Television Studios (Homeland, People v. O.J. Simpson), Imagine Television (Empire), OddLot Entertainment and EUE/Sokolow, will begin production in September in Prague with a 2017 premiere set for Nat Geo in 171 countries and 45 languages, the Hollywood Reporter stated.
“The caliber of the Genius cast lives up to the show’s title,” said Carolyn Bernstein, EVP 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.”