In its first original scripted series, the National Geographic Channel is planning on doing it big. For the anthology drama "Genius," the cable network has signed Geoffrey Rush to portray Albert Einstein, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The first season of the series will be based on a critically acclaimed biography of the scientist written by Walter Isaacson. Imagine's Ron Howard is set to direct the pilot in what will be his first time directing a scripted primetime drama.
Joining Geoffrey Rush, newcomer Johnny Flynn will be playing the younger version of the iconic physicist. Flynn will portray Einstein in the years prior to Einstein's rise to international notoriety and acclaim.
The series will be presented in 10-episodes and will document how Einstein unlocked some of the mysteries of the universe through the discovery of the atom, and other scientific achievements. Every episode will also give viewers a glimpse into the Einstein's volatile personal relationships and his personal life.
Ron Howard stated regarding the project: "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."
The upcoming role will be Rush's biggest commitment to a U.S. television show in his illustrious career. For his role in the HBO TV movie, "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers," Rush won an Emmy award and he is also a four-time Oscar nominee. The films he was nominated for by the Academy include: "The King's Speech," "Shakespeare in Love," and "Quills" and he won for his role in "Shine."
Do you plan on checking out Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein in the upcoming Nat. Geo. series directed by Ron Howard?
[H/T The Hollywood Reporter]