Unsticking itself from legal issues recently, the Mel Gibson and Sean Penn-led “The Professor and the Madman,” a film about the genesis of the Oxford English Dictionary, is finally scoring a release later this year and now the first trailer for it is out.
Gibson plays Professor James Murray, who in 1857 set about compiling the Oxford English Dictionary, one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. Penn is Dr. W.C. Minor, who submitted more than 10,000 entries but also was an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.
Natalie Dormer, Jeremy Irvine, Ioan Gruffudd and Jennifer Ehle co-star. “Apocalypto” writer Farhad Safinia directed the film which Gibson was trying to get off the ground since 1998.