27-year-old Matt Smith, the current eleventh incarnation of The Doctor in UK sci-fi series “Doctor Who”, is set to play acclaimed gay British novelist Christopher Isherwood in BBC2 TV movie “Christopher And His Kind” reports The Sun.
Isherwood penned the semi-autobiographical 1964 novel “A Single Man” which was adapted last year into the acclaimed Tom Ford-directed film that scored Colin Firth an Oscar nomination. Isherwood also penned 1939 novel “Goodbye to Berlin” which ultimately served as the basis for the classic Kander-Ebb musical “Cabaret”.
‘Kind’ is based on his fully autobiographical 1974 book of the same name which covers a decade in his life (1929-1939) from escaping his suffocating upbringing to live in Berlin, his departure from Germany after Hitler came to power, his years wandering around Europe and his eventual move to New York City.
Along the way it frankly deals with his experiences as a gay man in this politically turbulent time period, for example his lover was arrested by the Gestapo and sent to fight on the Russian Front. It also features his meetings, and in some cases friendships, with his literary contemporaries of the time including E.M. Forster, Stephen Spender, W.H. Auden, Somerset Maugham, Rosamond Lehmann and Virginia Woolf.
‘Kind’ is expected to screen sometime in the Fall. Smith also stars in the upcoming sci-fi drama “Womb” alongside Eva Green.