Marie Curie biopic ‘Radioactive’ debuting on Amazon Prime

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Rosamund Pike stars as Marie Curie in Marjane Satrapi’s “Radioactive.”

“Radioactive,” Academy Award-nominated director Marjane Satrapi’s biopic of trailblazing Noble Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie, will debut Friday, July 24 on Amazon Prime Video.

The film stars Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike (“Gone Girl”) and chronicles the achievements of the Polish-French physicist and chemist: Curie discovered radium and polonium, became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and became the first and only person to win the acclaimed honor twice.

In late 19th-century Paris, Marie meets fellow scientist Pierre Curie (Sam Riley, “Control”). The pair went on to marry, raised two daughters and changed the face of science forever by their discovery of radioactivity. In 1903, the pair jointly won the Nobel Prize in physics for their discovery, making Marie the first woman to win the esteemed prize.

After the death of her beloved Pierre, Marie’s commitment to science remained unwavering and her work went on to win her second Nobel Prize, taking with it the responsibility for discoveries that changed the world.

“Radioactive” delves into the legacy of an extraordinary life, the transformative effects and ensuing fallout of the Curie’s work and an exploration of how this impacted the defining moments of the 20th century, according to a news release.

The film co-stars Anya Taylor-Joy (“Split”) and Simon Russell Beale (“The Death of Stalin”).

Directed by Satrapi (“Persepolis,” “The Voices”), “Radioactive” is adapted from Lauren Redniss’ graphic novel “Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout.” The screenplay was written by Jack Thorne (“Wonder”).

The film is produced by Shoebox Films’ Paul Webster (“Atonement,” “Eastern Promises, “Salmon Fishing In The Yemen”), together with Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, co-chairmen of the BAFTA award-winning production company Working Title Films. STUDIOCANAL and Amazon Studios co-financed the feature film, which was filmed on location in Budapest and Spain.

As previously reported, “Radioactive” played the 2019 Zurich Film Festival as well as the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and the 2020 Dublin International Film Festival.


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