Premieres Tuesday, April 25 at 9 PM ET/PT
on National Geographic Channel
Starring Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein, the 10-Episode Series Hails From Fox 21 Television Studios and Imagine Television and Is Executive Produced by Academy Award Winners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. Supporting Cast Includes Emily Watson, Johnny Flynn, Samantha Colley, T.R. Knight, Seth Gabel and Vincent Kartheiser
Though his scientific endeavors continue to inspire awe, few know the entire story of the tumultuous private life of the 20th century’s most brilliant icon, Albert Einstein.
Premiering Tuesday, April 25, at 9/8c, National Geographic’s new 10-part global event series, GENIUS — the network’s first scripted series — reveals how Albert became Einstein, exploring his extraordinary professional achievements along with his volatile, passionate and complex personal relationships.
“GENIUS” tracks Einstein’s rise from humble origins as an imaginative, rebellious thinker, through his struggles to be recognized by the establishment, to his global celebrity status as the man who unlocked the mysteries of the cosmos with his theory of relativity. Delving deeper, the series follows Einstein’s alternately exhilarating emotions and heartlessness in dealing with his closest personal relationships, including his children, his two wives and the various women with whom he cheats on them.
The series is set against an era of global unrest over the course of two world wars. Faced with rising anti-Semitism in Europe, surveillance by spies and the potential for atomic annihilation, Einstein struggles as a husband and a father, not to mention as a man of principle, even as his own life is put in danger.
As World War I looms and his marriage begins to crumble, Einstein throws himself into an affair with his first cousin Elsa. Shifting global politics draw him into increasingly politicized scientific circles, causing friction with friends and fellow scientists like Fritz Haber (Richard Topol, “Covert Affairs,” “Elementary”) and Max Planck (Ralph Brown, “Alien 3,” “TURN: Washington’s Spies”). Taking a moral stand, Einstein refuses to support Germany’s war effort. When war descends and borders are shut down, he is prevented from going to his sons in Switzerland when they need him most.
Living and teaching in Princeton, New Jersey, Einstein continues to be besieged on all sides. His fractious relationship with his children and grandchildren weighs on him, he ends up in bed with Russian spy Margarita Konenkova (Ania Bukstein, “Game of Thrones”) and he must cope with J. Edgar Hoover’s (T.R. Knight, “Grey’s Anatomy”) personal vendetta to bring him down. He also faces possibly his biggest challenge ever: the pressure to set aside his lifelong pacifism in the hopes of stopping Hitler’s conquest of Europe. While his journey is far from easy, Einstein still manages to find hope and inspiration before his death, in the form of a young girl learning to understand the world. As Einstein famously said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”