**** UPDATE 9/18: A representative for Hanway Films has released the following statement:
“This story is completely FALSE. Bettany & Connelly are starring in the film ‘Creation’ which has started shooting”.
The confusion stems from the news that Pike is actually referring to a rival project in pre-production entitled “Mrs. Darwin”. ****
Last week came reports that real life couple Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly were set to star in the Charles Darwin biopic “Creation”
That’s news to former Bond girl Rosamund Pike who tells Showbiz Spy that she and Joseph Fiennes are not only playing the legendary evolutionist and his wife, but have already begun filming on the project.
Of her role, Pike says “I’m definitely a Darwinist, but playing his wife has been a real eye-opener. She was very religious and his discoveries placed a heavy strain on their marriage. We are exploring different angles to the story.”
Based on a book written by Darwin’s great-great-grandson Randal Keynes, it will be released to coincide with the bicentenary of his birth in 2009.