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Rosamund Pike will play Marie Curie in STUDIOCANAL and Amazon Studios’ Radioactive

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BAFTA and Oscar® nominee Rosamund Pike (GONE GIRL, A UNITED KINGDOM), Sam Riley (CONTROL, MALEFICENT), Aneurin Barnard (DUNKIRK, upcoming THE GOLDFINCH), Anya Taylor Joy (THE WITCH, SPLIT) and Simon Russell Beale (THE DEATH OF STALIN, INTO THE WOODS) 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, it was announced today by STUDIOCANAL and Amazon Studios.

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.

STUDIOCANAL and Amazon Studios are co-financing the feature film with STUDIOCANAL handling international sales and releasing the film in their territories including the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. Amazon Studios will release the film in the US.

Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (multiple BAFTA and Oscar® nominated DARKEST HOUR, box office hit BABY DRIVER) and Shoebox Films’ Paul Webster (SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN, ATONEMENT) will produce RADIOACTIVE.

Principal photography on the project began in Budapest this week.

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”).

STUDIOCANAL have pre-sold the film in major markets including Impuls Pictures in Switzerland, AB Svensk Filmindustri in Scandinavia, Lusomundo in Portugal, Gussi in Latin America, Kino in Japan, Huayi Brothers in China, Golden Scene in Hong Kong, Spentzos Films in Greece, Monolith in Poland, Myndform in Iceland, Blitz in former Yugoslavia, Selim Ramia in the Middle East, Forum in Israel, Catchplay in Taiwan, Shaw in Singapore, Pioneer in the Philippines, Pictureworks in India and PT Prima in Indonesia.

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.

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