What’s it like to be the wife of a genius? This week, National Geographic Channel announced Emily Watson will star in the upcoming series Genius.
Season one of the anthology drama will chronicle the life and work of Albert Einstein (Geoffrey Rush). The cast also includes Johnny Flynn, Michael McElhatton, Seth Gabel, Samantha Colley, Richard Topol, and Vincent Kartheiser.
Watson will play Elsa Einstein, the second wife and first cousin of the famous scientist. Production on Genius is set to being next week, with Ron Howard slated to direct the premiere episode.
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(WASHINGTON, D.C. – August 29, 2016) Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated actress Emily Watson (“Theory of Everything,” “The Book Thief”) is set to join National Geographic Channel’s upcoming global anthology series GENIUS, from Fox 21 Television Studios (“Homeland,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson”), Imagine Television (“24,” “Empire”), OddLot Entertainment and EUE/Sokolow. She’ll play Elsa Einstein, the second wife – and first cousin – of the enigmatic scientist Albert Einstein, to be played in his elder years by Geoffrey Rush and in his younger years by Johnny Flynn, as was previously announced.
Also joining the cast are Michael McElhatton (“Game of Thrones”) as physicist Dr. Philipp Lenard, an early role model for a young Einstein, who evolved into his longtime adversary – both inside and outside the laboratory; Seth Gabel (“Salem,” “Fringe”) as Einstein’s longtime friend and confidant Michele Besso; Samantha Colley (“The Crucible”) as Mileva Maric, a fellow student of Einstein’s during his university years in Zurich, who later became his first wife and mother to his three children; Richard Topol (“Covert Affairs,” “Elementary”) as Fritz Haber, a brilliant chemist and close colleague of Einstein’s who held some nontraditional and controversial political views; and Vincent Kartheiser (“Mad Men,” “Saints & Strangers”) as Raymond Geist, a consulate official in Berlin.”
What do you think? Are you a fan of Emily Watson? Will you watch Genius?