A First Look at 'GENIUS'

National Geographic's Global Event Series Coming in April

Get a sneak peek at Academy Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush and newcomer Johnny Flynn as Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein, in National Geographic's global event series GENIUS, coming in April.

From Executive Producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, the premiere season of National Geographic's first scripted anthology series, GENIUS, will focus on Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein. Based on Walter Isaacson’s critically acclaimed and best-selling book, Einstein: His Life and Universe, and adapted by writer Noah Pink, GENIUS follows the brilliant scientist through the ups and downs of his life, from failing to get his doctorate to developing the general theory of relativity. 

The all-star cast includes Academy Award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush (“The Secret Life of Peter Sellers”) as the elder Einstein, British newcomer Johnny Flynn (“Lovesick”) as Einstein in his youth, and Emily Watson (“Theory of Everything”) as the enigmatic genius’s second wife—and first cousin—Elsa Einstein. The first episode is directed by Ron Howard, the legendary director’s first time directing scripted television. Through ten episodes, GENIUS charts how an imaginative, rebellious patent clerk, who couldn’t get a teaching job or a doctorate, unlocked the mysteries of the atom and the universe. 

Scroll down to see the first photos released from the set of GENIUS, coming to National Geographic this April.

Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein:

National Geographic/Dusan Martincek

Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein in his older years.

Johnny Flynn as Albert Einstein:

National Geographic/Dusan Martincek

Johnny Flynn as Albert Einstein in his younger years.

The Real Albert Einstein:

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The real thing: Professor Albert Einstein at home circa 1925. 

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