We like Rosamund Pike. She’s one of those rare actresses who appeared in a Bond film (‘Die Another Day’) and then went on to actually have a career afterwards. So since then she’s starred in ‘Wrath of the Titans’, Jack Reacher,’ ‘The Man with the Iron heart‘ and best of all ‘Gone Girl’. Now a BAFTA and Oscar® nominee Rosamund Pike is to star alongside Sam Riley (‘Free Fire’), Aneurin Barnard (DUNKIRK), Anya Taylor Joy (THE WITCH) and Simon Russell Beale (THE LEGEND OF TARZAN) are set to star in Oscar® nominated director Marjane Satrapi’s (PERSEPOLIS, THE VOICES) next feature film on Nobel Prize winning scientist Marie Curie, RADIOACTIVE.
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 is 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.