Paul Bettany has had a pretty substanital film career up until now. To some, he’s best remembered as Russell Crowe’s “prodigal roomate” Charles in A Beautiful Mind who, aside from being not particularly real, is a pretty good friend played to excellence by Bettany. Others align the actor more with his roles in the same year’s A Knight’s Tale and Kiss Kiss (Bang Bang). But Bettany’s success has lasted long past 2001. Since, his placement in Wimbledon, The DaVinci Code, The Tourist and Priest. And now, Bettany is venturing to the small screen in a series provocatively titled Masters of Sex.
The hook-line-and-sinker project is based on the book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love by Thomas Maier. The title and content refer to the research team of Masters and Johnson who, beginning in the late 1950s, pioneered research on human sexuality and treatment on sexual diseases and disorders.
Bettany will be playing gynecologist William Howell Masters. No word on who will take the role of his partner, sexologist/psychologist Virginia Eshelman Johnson. Michelle Ashford (21 Jump Street, Boomtown, John Adams) is writing the script, and Sony Pictures TV is developing the project.