Radioactive: Marjane Satrapi’s Biopic, Starring Rosamund Pike as Acclaimed Scientist Marie Curie

Marjane Satrapi directed Radioactive, starring Rosamund Pike as the scientist Marie Curie, and based on the graphic novel by Lauren Redniss.

World premiering at the 2019 Toronto Film Fest, the film will be released in 2020.

In February 2018, the film was acquired by Amazon Studios, while shooting in Budapest and Esztergom.

I have no doubts that it will be a more accurate and compelling feature than MGM’s 1943 schmaltzy picture, Madame Curie, starring Greer Garson in an Oscar-nominated performance.

Cast
Rosamund Pike as Marie Curie
Sam Riley as Pierre Curie
Anya Taylor-Joy as Irene Curie
Ariella Glaser as Young Irene Curie
Indica Watson as Irene Curie (age 6)
Aneurin Barnard as Paul Langevin
Simon Russell Beale as Gabriel Lippmann
Tim Woodward as Alexandre Millerand
Jonathan Aris as Hetreed
Mirjam Novak as Nurse Francoise
Michael Gould as Judge Clark

Satrapi’s Persepolis
Satrapi co-helmed Persepolis debuted at the 2007 Cannes Film Fest, sharing Special Jury Prize with Reygadas’s Silent Light. Co-written by Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud, the French picture boasted the voices of Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, and Simon Abkarian. The English version, with the voices of Gena Rowlands, Sean Penn, and Iggy Pop, was nominated for the 2008 Best Animated Feature Oscar, making Satrapi the first woman to be nominated for the award.  Though the Iranian government denounced it, Persepolis was a successful film both commercially and critically.

 

 

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