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Colin Firth set to star as editor Max Perkins in Genius. (Getty Images/AU)
Colin Firth set to star as editor Max Perkins in Genius. (Getty Images/AU)
Colin Firth set to star as book editor Max Perkins (right) in Genius. (Getty Images/USYD)

It’s not uncommon for us to hear about one of our Anglo fan favorites set to star in a U.K.-produced feature film, but then we’re left twiddling our thumbs waiting for news on a U.S. release.

Not this time.

The Britcentric film Genius premiered on the first day of the Cannes Film Festival (May 13) and has been so well-received the U.S. rights have already been picked up by entertainment company Lionsgate (The Royals), reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Director Michael Grandage’s biopic is topped up with renowned British actors including Colin Firth, Jude Law, Dominic West, and British-Australian Guy Pearce. Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney round out the cast.

Genius tells the story of Scribner book editor Max Perkins (Firth) and his famous roster of authors like Thomas Wolfe (Law), Ernest Hemingway (West), and F. Scott Fitzgerald (Pearce).

The film is an adaptation of the biography Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg.

Also on hand for the festival was Sienna Miller, who was just seen in 2014’s American Sniper, acting as a 2015 juror.

Feature Film jury members (from L) British actress Sienna Miller, US actor Jake Gyllenhaal, Spanish actress Rossy de Palma and French actress Sophie Marceau pose during a photocall ahead of the opening of the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southeastern France, on May 13, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE        (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)
Sienna Miller is joined by fellow jury members Jake Gyllenhaal, Rossy de Palma and Sophie Marceau. (Getty Images)

We look forward to more Britcentric news rolling out of France.

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By Brigid Brown