National Geographic’s 10-part new series Genius will debut on Tuesday, April 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Genius will shed life on the tumultuous private life the 20th century’s most brilliant icon, Albert Einstein. Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush (Shine) will play the lead in the new event series which hails from fellow Academy Award winners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard.
In addition to Rush as the celebrated scientist, the series also stars Johnny Flynn (Clouds of Silk Maria) as a younger Albert, Emily Watson (The Theory of Everything) as his second wife/first cousin, Elsa, as well as Samantha Colley (The Crucible), T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy), Seth Gabel (Salem) and Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men).
Genius is based on Walter Isaacson’s book Einstein: His Life and Universe, which, per press release, chronicles Einstein’s rise from humble origins as an imaginative, rebellious thinker, through his struggles to be recognized by the establishment, to his global celebrity status as the person who unlocked the mysteries of the cosmos with his theory of relativity. Delving deeper, the series follows Einstein’s callous emotions with his closest personal relationships, including his children, his two wives, and the various women with whom he has extra-marital affairs. The series is set against an era of global unrest over the course of two world wars. Faced with rising anti-Semitism in Europe, surveillance by spies, and the potential for atomic annihilation, Einstein struggles as a husband and a father, not to mention as a man of principle, even as his own life is put in danger. While his journey is far from easy, Einstein finds hope and inspiration before his death, in the form of a young girl looking to understand the world. As Einstein famously said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
The series was filmed in Prague, Czech Republic, where Einstein lived and taught early in his career. There will also be appearances from other scientific minds of the 20th century including Marie and Pierre Curie, Wilhelm Rontgen, Carl Jung, and Werner Heisenberg.
The network’s first scripted series, Genius will premiere globally in April on National Geographic in 171 countries and 45 languages. In Canada, National Geographic will be available on a National Free Preview from April 15 until May 15, 2017.