The movie, based on a book written by Darwin’s great-great-grandson Randal Keynes, chronicles the scholar’s early years, as he struggles to cope with the loss of a child.
Jeremy Northam and Atonement star Benedict Cumberbatch have also signed up for the project, which will be partly filmed on location at Down House in Kent, England, where the Darwins actually lived, according to Daily Variety.
The film’s release will coincide with the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth in 2009.
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