Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote are set to star in the indie drama “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women” which Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has just acquired worldwide rights to from Topple Productions and Boxspring Entertainment.
The unconventional true story follows the creation of the most famous female comic book super hero of all time. Evans plays Dr. William Moulton Marston, Harvard psychologist and inventor who created Wonder Woman in 1941. Hall will play his wife, fellow psychologist and inventor Elizabeth. Heathcote plays Olive Byrne, a former student of Marston’s and major academic star.
The trio shared a polyamorous relationship which proved enduring, and both women had significant input in the iconic Amazonian princess character’s creation and adoption of feminist ideals. When William died from skin cancer in 1947, Elizabeth and Olive raised their children by Marston together and remained a couple until Olive’s death in 1988.
The film will also deal with the controversy surrounding his creation and how homophobic moral guardians said the comic promoted lesbianism while he and his partners had to navigate and conceal their romantic and family life.
Angela Robinson penned and directs the project which began production this week. Andrea Sperling, Amy Redford and Terry Leonard will produce.