Should Nicole Kidman play Michael Fassbender’s lover/muse in ‘Genius’?


Did you know that Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman are especially tight these days? They’ve worked together on several projects in a row, and this week, Firth announced that Kidman would be joining him in yet another project. That project? Genius, an adaptation of Max Perkins: Editor of Genius. Firth will be playing Max Perkins, and Michael Fassbender signed on (a few years ago) to play the writer Thomas Wolfe. For now, most outlets are just saying Kidman will play “the female lead” because I guess no one wants to read the damn book and figure out who she’s supposed to be playing. But Indie Wire has an interesting take:

The film is an adaptation of the National Book Award-winning non-fiction work “Max Perkins: Editor of Genius” by A. Scott Berg, and focuses on Perkins’ (Firth) relationship with the (excellent, underappreciated) author Thomas Wolfe (Fassbender). A writer who poured words onto the page, Wolfe worked with and battled Perkins over the length of his books, with the editor cutting 90,000 words from his first novel “Look Homeward, Angel” (later restored in an updated version of the book, “O Lost!”). In time, Wolfe became resentful of what he perceived was Perkins receiving far too much credit for his work. But on his deathbed at the age of 37, Wolfe penned a tribute to Perkins who certainly helped make his career.

…Kidman could be playing Aline Berstein, Wolfe’s romantic interest and muse.

[From Indie Wire]

By doing a few minutes of research on Wiki, I think the idea of Kidman playing Aline Berstein is probably right. Apparently, Aline was twenty years older than Wolfe, and she served as an inspiration for a few of his most significant characters. Aline and Thomas were lovers for four years in the 1920s. So… are you looking forward to, like, some sex scenes between Michael Fassbender and Nicole Kidman? I would not have put them together romantically whatsoever, but I do think it’s interesting that Kidman would take a role where she’s supposed to be playing the much-older lover to a young artist. In real life, Kidman is less than a decade older than Fassy. Real question though: will Kidman be able to act “older” by leaving those GD lip injections and Botox at home?

Also, if you want to watch a really cute video of cute boys hanging out and making each other laugh, you should totally watch this Yahoo video of Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Fassbender. They’re doing impressions and it’s really adorable. Fassy’s impression of Ian McKellan is okay but McAvoy’s impression of Patrick Stewart sounds amaze-balls.



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  1. Amelia says:

    Only if he’s sculpting ice.
    For a novellist, I think someone with a little more expression is called for.

  2. Truthtful says:

    Yes but Nicole kidman is not 20 years older than fassbender just 9 years so she is too “young” to play the “older” love interest… isn’t she?
    Liam Neeson plays love interest to the like of Olivia Wilde without even being ditched as the “oldest” love interest…

    They should have gone with someone like susan sarandon, Holy hunter , Madeleine… someone who is remotely older and fabulous at the same time to embody an older love interest and muse!

    9 years is not significantly older if the gender were reversed we will be talking how it is an age appropriate relationship in a movie

  3. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Lord, I thought Look Homeward Angel would never end.

  4. Etheldreda says:

    ”Apparently, Aline was twenty years older than Wolfe, and she served as an inspiration for a few of his most significant characters.”

    It’s typical of Hollywood that a woman only 10 years older than her male co-star is playing a role where she should be 20 years older. It’s a bit like how ”MILF” Anne Bancroft was actually only a few years older than Dustin Hoffman in ”The Graduate” or that Sally Field, who’s only 10 years older than Tom Hanks, played his mother in ‘Forrest Gump”.

    It shows that in Hollywood – and not only there – age is perceived differently, depending on gender. If two actors are about the same age, the woman is perceived as being ‘older’. Reminds me of when Sharon Stone – who was only in her early 40s at the time – said that many men her age in Hollywood rejected her as a leading lady because she was ‘too old’. Depressing.

  5. Chinoiserie says:

    So this project will be fourth project for Nicole and Colin together. And The Railway Man, Before I Go to Sleep and Paddington all come out this year. I am a fan of Colin´s so I am planning to see all of them at some point, but that is a lot of Nicole (not that I hate her, I just do not think she is very talented).

  6. lower-case deb says:

    Aline Bernstein sort of looks like a Tilda Swinton character… or Anette Bening? Helen Hunt? Olivia Newton Johns?

  7. reddy says:

    Nicole Kidman should not play anybody, ever. It’s really annoying and depressing how this example of too much plastic surgery and botox is still a relevant actress.

  8. Omg says:

    Oh geez that first photo… Her face… Just. Stop. Now. Stop it Nicole!!!

  9. j.eyre says:

    The Mac, Jackman and Fassy giggling… many, many fantasies will result from that video. Bless you, I needed something to get me through Spring Break.

  10. Lucy says:

    Why is no one talking about Colin Firth’s return to the big screen? Or the funny video?

  11. kikky says:

    Robin Wright. She’s the same age as Nicole Kidman, but ins’t afraid of look older (see The lives of Pippa Lee, fantastic movie) and is way more talented than granny freeze.

  12. lambert says:

    I would love to see that trio (Colin, Michael and Nicole) on film together. Nicole may be too young to play Aline but I think she would do an awesome job. I think Susan Sarandon would have been a better choice to play Aline though. Isn’t she going out with a dude in his 20s?

  13. Camille (The Original) says:


    But that ‘cute boys’ video- adorable! I <3 Fassy :)