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Rosamund Pike will be working with French-Iranian director Marjane Satrapi for ‘Radioactive’. — AFP picRosamund Pike will be working with French-Iranian director Marjane Satrapi for ‘Radioactive’. — AFP picLOS ANGELES, May 18 — Rosamund Pike of Gone Girl and Die Another Day will take the lead in Radioactive, a new film about the era-defining life of French-Polish doctor and scientist Marie Curie.

During her 66 years on earth, Marie Skłodowska Curie developed a theory of radioactivity, discovered two new chemical elements, won the Nobel Prize in Physics and then the corresponding Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and created vital mobile x-ray units to treat wounded soldiers during World War I.

For over 100 years she has remained the only Nobel Prize winner recognised for her work in two separate disciplines; she was the first woman to receive a Nobel, the title of professor at the University of Paris, and a place within the French capital’s mausoleum for its most celebrated citizens, the Panthéon.

Rosamund Pike will be working with French-Iranian director Marjane Satrapi for Radioactive, which is being adapted from the Lauren Redniss biography about Curie and her husband, Pierre.

Jack Thorne, a writer on TV series Skins and This is England, and who co-wrote and adapted J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child for the stage, is adapting Redniss’s book.

Satrapi became extremely well respected for the graphic novel Persepolis, and she made her directorial debut bringing them to film in a Cannes prize-winning, Oscar-nominated animated feature of the same name.

The key roles of Pierre Curie and Paul Langevin are yet to be cast, reports Variety, while StudioCanal is already on board to finance the production. — AFP-Relaxnews

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