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Genius Actor Geoffrey Rush to Play Scientific Genius Albert Einstein for NatGeo

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Geoffrey Rush might not be the most famous name in Hollywood, but there’s a good chance you’ve seen one of his movies whether it’s in Shakespeare in Love, Pirates of the Caribbean, The King’s Speech or even as the narrator in Minions. Now, he continues his quest to star in every single project to ever pass through Hollywood by taking on scientific virtuoso, Albert Einstein. He’s being called upon to play the wild-haired Brainiac in an upcoming scripted series for the National Geographic Channel aptly titled Genius.

The 10-episode season will chronicle Einstein’s rise from a guy who couldn’t even get hired as a teacher to the man who developed the theory of relativity, per Deadline. The first episode will be directed by the acclaimed Ron Howard and star Clouds of Sils Maria’s Johnny Flynn before Rush takes over for the later years.

According to Carolyn Bernstein, the head of global scripted development and production at National Geographic Channel, they couldn’t have assembled a better cast. “The supremely talented Geoffrey Rush is dream casting for the role of Albert Einstein, and Johnny Flynn not only is an incredible talent but also bears more than a passing resemblance to Rush,” she said.

Judge for yourself:

The first season is based on Walter Isaacson’s biography Einstein: His Life and Universe. Seasons thereafter will center on different geniuses throughout history.

(via Deadline, images via Flickr)

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