Real-life husband and wife Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly have signed on to play a married couple in Creation, Jon Amiel’s project about the life of Charles Darwin, says The Hollywood Reporter.
Bettany will play the British father of evolutionary theory, and Connelly will play his wife, Emma, in the big-screen take on the life of the controversial “On the Origin of Species” author.
Amiel’s film portrays Darwin as a man torn between his love for his deeply religious wife and his own growing belief in a world where God has no place. The scientist finds himself caught in a struggle between faith and reason, love and truth.
Collee’s script is based on Randal Keynes’ book “Annie’s Box,” about the life of Darwin, his great great grandfather.
Also joining the cast are Jeremy Northam, Toby Jones and Benedict Cumberbatch. The key role of daughter Annie will be announced soon.
Shooting starts at the end of September on location in England.