Natalie Dormer (“Game of Thrones”) will star opposite Mel Gibson and Sean Penn in the film adaptation of Simon Winchester’s “The Professor and the Madman” at Icon Productions and Voltage Pictures.
Gibson will play Professor James Murray, who in 1857 set about compiling the Oxford English Dictionary, one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken.
Penn will play Dr. W.C. Minor, who submitted more than 10,000 entries but also was an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.
Dormer will play a widow whose husband was killed by Penn and whose family he wants to help. A complicated romance ensues.
“Apocalypto” writer Farhad Safinia directs the film which Gibson has been trying to get off the ground since 1998. Filming is finally set to begin in late September with Gibson and Davey producing.