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Mel Gibson and Sean Penn are The Professor and The Madman in the new trailer

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Based on the worldwide best-selling novel by Simon Winchester, The Professor and The Madman is an extraordinary true tale of madness, genius, and obsession about two remarkable men who created history with the writing of the Oxford English Dictionary.

The compilation of the Oxford English Dictionary began in 1857 and was one of the most ambitious, and revolutionary projects ever undertaken. Professor James Murray (Mel Gibson) took on the challenge of creating the most comprehensive dictionary ever compiled but knew that it would take him and his team over a century to compile all known definitions. However, by “crowdsourcing” the work, that is, by enlisting definitions from people all over the world, the dictionary could be compiled in mere decades.

As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor Murray, discovered that one man, Dr. W.C. Minor (Sean Penn), had submitted more than ten thousand words. When the committee insisted on honouring him, a shocking truth came to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was a convicted murderer and being held at an asylum for the criminally insane.

Directed by P.B. Shemran (aka Farhad Safinia), the film stars Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Natalie Dormer, Steve Coogan, Eddie Marsan, David O’Hara, Stephen Dillane, Jennifer Ehle, Ioan Gruffudd, Jeremy Irvine, and Brendan Patricks.

The film is due out later this year.

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  1. Good to see Mel back!

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