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Rosamund Pike to play Marie Curie in Radioactive #book2movies #basedonabook

My eyes tend to skim right over news having to do with graphic novels. I hear graphic novel and in my mind I conjure a comic book, or at most, a teen-friendly vision of Captain Underpants. What a mistake! The genre is exploding, with graphic novels like 2010’s Radioactive telling stories in an entirely new—indeed novel—way.  

Lauren Redniss’ National Book Award finalist about Marie Curie meeting her husband Pierre with the both of them going on to win the Nobel Prize in 1903 for their discovery of Radium is being turned into a biopic. Rosamund Pike stars as Curie. The Oscar nominated Persepolis Marjane Satrapi directs from a script by Jack Thorne. Thorne, the writer behind this year’s popular Wonder is also adapting Miss Pettigrew’s Last Stand. More news on that soon!

The cast of Radioactive includes Sam Riley as Pierre with Aneurin Barnard, Anya Taylor Joy and Simon Russell Beale. 

Principal photography began in Budapest this week. Pike plays Nobel Prize winner Curie who in 1893 meets fellow scientist Pierre Curie. The pair go on to marry, raise two daughters and change the face of science forever by jointly winning the Nobel for the discovery of radium in 1903. 

After the death of her husband, Curie continues her research and invites scandal when she has an affair with another prominent scientist, Paul Langevin (Barnard) which ultimately doesn’t stand in the way of Madame Curie’s commitment to science. Because women, you know. We can fall in love AND do what we do. Kind of like men. Who knew?

These images are so intriguing, I might have to go check Radioactive out at the bookstore.

How about you?