The film is based on the best-seller by Simon Winchester and follows the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary. Gibson, who has been working to get the adaptation made for the past 18 years, will play Professor James Murray. In 1857, Murray is set on compiling the Oxford English Dictionary. Penn is set as Dr. W.C. Minor who submitted more than 10,000 entries for the OED and was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane. Dormer plays a widow whose husband was killed by Minor and whose family he wants to help, creating a complicated romance.
The film is written and will be directed by Farhad Safinia, who previously penned Apocalypto which Gibson directed. Voltage is repped the international rights and will be selling the project at TIFF. Gibson produces with Bruce Davey.
Dormer burst on the scene playing Anne Boleyn in Showtime’s The Tudors. She grew to greater recognition on HBO’s flagship series Game of Thrones as the power hungry Queen Margaery Tyrell and on the big screen in the Hunger Games franchise. She starred earlier this year in the feature thriller The Forest and is currently prepping for the psychological thriller In Darkness, which she co-wrote with director Anthony Byrne.
Emily J | Staff Writer
This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.