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Rosamund Pike signs on to play scientist Marie Curie in new biopic

Rosamund Pike has signed on to portray scientist Marie Curie in Radioactive.
French filmmaker Marjane Satrapi is directing the film, which will be based on Lauren Redniss’ biography Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout.
Marie Curie was known for her pioneering research on radioactivity, and the Polish physicist and chemist was also the first woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. She was also the first person and only woman to win the accolade twice.
Marie’s other achievements include becoming the first woman to teach at the University of Paris and the first woman to be entombed “for her own merits” in the Pantheon in Paris.
Persepolis director Marjane’s film will centre on Marie’s marriage to French physicist Pierre Curie and her scientific work in the 1890s, according to Variety.
“Marie Curie was such a natural force of life. Everybody, everywhere she went was effected by her energy and brilliance,” Satrapi says. “This is an intense role which requires a lot of intelligence and sensibility. Rosamund is the one to incarnate her. I understood it the second I met her.”
Casting for Pierre and Paul Langevin, another scientist Marie had a relationship with following Curie’s death in 1906, is underway.
This isn’t the only biopic the Gone Girl actress has taken on – she is also reportedly in talks to star as late war reporter Marie Colvin in a new untitled film directed by Matthew Heineman.
Colvin, who covered conflicts all over the world, was forced to wear an eye patch after losing her left eye in an explosion in Sri Lanka. She was killed in Syria in February, 2012 after illegally crossing the country’s border to cover the civil war.

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