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    I can’t post any links to the story because for some reason that causes the forum to automatically flag my posts for moderator approval, but it was just announced that Rosamund Pike has been cast as Marie Curie in a biopic of her titled Radioactive.

    The film will be directed by Persepolis director Marjane Satrapi, will be distributed by Amazon and Studiocanal, and is now in the early stages of filming. A release date has not yet been announced.

    This will be the first time an English-language biopic of Curie is produced since Madame Curie, which was released in 1943 and starred Greer Garson as Curie. Madame Curie was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Walter Pidgeon), and Best Actress (Greer Garson).

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    DaKardii
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    Here is my personal opinion on this announcement.

    1. This film is pure Oscar bait. If it replicates or exceeds the success of Madame Curie, I would expect at minimum to see the film nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress (Rosamund Pike), and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Riley). Sam Riley is playing Pierre Curie, Marie’s husband. Walter Pidgeon received an Oscar nomination for playing Pierre in Madame Curie. So logically speaking, Riley would probably receive a nomination if this film “replicates or exceeds the success of Madame Curie.
    2. Speaking of Madame Curie, I am currently working on writing a biopic of Greer Garson, who played Curie in Madame Curie. Prior to this announcement, Pike was already on my “top five” shortlist for potential actresses to play Garson (this shortlist would be shown to producers in pitches), the other four being Amy Adams, Isla Fisher, Margot Robbie, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Personally, I’m not sure if this casting would work in or against Pike’s favor for a Greer Garson biopic. On one hand, the fact that Pike was cast to play Marie Curie at all speaks many volumes about her potential to play Garson. But on the other hand, there is no way in hell a Greer Garson biopic would be complete without covering the making of Madame Curie, which was one of the highlights of Garson’s career. Pike (or whoever is cast) would have to re-enact Garson’s scenes as Marie Curie from Madame Curie. If Radioactive proves to make a long-lasting impression (either positive or negative) in the eyes of critics and audiences, then it would be pretty awkward to see Pike essentially playing two different versions of Marie Curie within the span of a few years.
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    DaKardii
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    UPDATE: Apparently this casting was first announced back in May of this year. The article I read had a headline that read as if this casting occurred just now. Talk about lazy journalism! XD

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    TheRedBoy
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    I’ve felt for quite some time that we were overdue for a new Curie film, and Pike seems like a solid choice for playing her.

    Unrelated, but I think it’s about time for a new Helen Keller biopic as well.

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    Hengedrita
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    YES!

    Rosamund Pike is a solid choice! And I am looking forward to her performance in Hostiles. According to the critics, she was outstanding in that movie

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    jasonface
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    And I am looking forward to her performance in Hostiles. According to the critics, she was outstanding in that movie

    Like Gone Girl, she was worthy of a win for Hostiles!

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    David Michael C. Lopez
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    Hope Rosamund could have her best chances of winning an Oscar in that film!

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    No threat.

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