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Oscar-winning movie Spotlight certainly succeeded in making the process of investigative reporting seem exciting—a process that, however dramatic the results, can look a lot like sitting around and making phone calls. Now the makers of a new movie are hoping they can dramatize a similarly laborious task: the editing of a book.

Genius tells the story of the contentious relationship between legendary literary editor Maxwell Perkins (Colin Firth) and writer Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) as they work together to edit his 1929 opus Look Homeward, Angel.

Sound promising? Well, the star turns don’t stop there. Perkins also worked with writers like Ernest Hemingway (played in the movie by Dominic West) and F. Scott Fitzgerald (Guy Pearce), while Perkins’s wife Louise Saunders is played by Laura Linney, and Nicole Kidman portrays Aline Bernstein, a costume designer who dated Wolfe.

The whole thing is directed by Michael Grandage, a British theater director better known for his work in London’s West End.

Originally shopped around as a pairing between Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender, the film sees Firth and Law on screen together for the first time—though it’s the fourth time he’s been paired with Kidman, after The Railway Man, Before I Go To Sleep and Paddington.

The question is, however, which of these two Brits can do the best American accent? Lest we forget, Perkins was from New York, while Wolfe was from North Carolina:

So tell us—whose accent do you think fares best?

Genius opens in theaters on July 29.

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Filed Under: Colin Firth, Jude Law
By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.