Genius (2016)

Max Perkins discovered Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. But he never met anyone like Thomas Wolfe.

  • Genre: Drama, History
  • Release Date: 2016-06-10
  • User Rating: 6.4/10 from 257 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 44min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Pinewood Pictures
  • Production Country: United Kingdom, United States of America
  • Director: Michael Grandage
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New York in the 1920s. Max Perkins, literary editor at Scribner’s Sons is the first to sign such subsequent literary greats as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. When a sprawling, chaotic 1,000-page manuscript by an unknown writer named Thomas Wolfe falls into his hands, Perkins is convinced he has discovered a literary genius. Together the two men set out to work on a version for publication and a seemingly endless struggle over every single phrase ensues. During this process, Perkins the gentle family man and Wolfe the eccentric author become close – a relationship eyed with suspicion by their wives. When ‘Look Homeward, Angel’ becomes a resounding success, the writer grows increasingly paranoid.

Genius Trailer

  • Colin Firth

    as Max Perkins
  • Jude Law

    as Thomas Wolfe
  • Nicole Kidman

    as Aline Bernstein
  • Laura Linney

    as Louise Saunders
  • Guy Pearce

    as F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Dominic West

    as Ernest Hemingway
  • Vanessa Kirby

    as Zelda Fitzgerald
  • Demetri Goritsas

    as John Wheelock
  • Harry Attwell

    as Assistant Editor
  • Angela Ashton

    as Bertha Perkins
  • Eve Bracken

    as Zippy Perkins
  • Gillian Hanna

    as Julia Wolfe
  • Corey Johnson

    as John Wheelock
  • Miquel Brown

    as Eleanor, Perkins' Maid
  • Rosy Benjamin

    as Scribner's Staff
  • Elaine Caulfield

    as Mabel Wolfe
  • Richard Dempsey

    as Director
Directing Michael Grandage Director
Writing John Logan Screenplay
Production James Bierman Producer
Production Michael Grandage Producer
Production John Logan Producer
Production Jina Jay Casting
Editing Chris Dickens Editor
Costume & Make-Up Jane Petrie Costume Design
Sound Adam Cork Original Music Composer
Art Mark Digby Production Design
Writing A. Scott Berg Book
Camera Ben Davis Director of Photography
Writing A. Scott Berg Novel