AFM: 'The Man Who Knew Infinity' First Look (Exclusive)

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'The Man Who Knew Infinity'

Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons play math geniuses Srinivasa Ramanujan and G.H. Hardy

Sales outfit Mister Smith Entertainment has unveiled the first image of Matt Brown's period drama The Man Who Knew Infinity, featuring Slumdog Millionaire's Dev Patel as self-taught math genius Srinivasa Ramanujan and Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons as his British mentor G.H. Hardy.

Brown, who also wrote the screenplay, based his film on the biography The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan by Robert Kanigel. The film's ensemble cast also includes Stephen Fry, Toby Jones and Jeremy Northam.

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The project, mounted by the Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation and Animus Films production in association with Xeitgeist and Marcys Holdings, was shot on location in India and at Cambridge University, and was the first-ever film to shoot at Trinity College, Cambridge, where Ramanujan and Hardy worked after the British professor plucked Ramanujan from obscurity to work on some of the most complex problems of advanced mathematics. Pressman and Animus' Jim Young is producing along with Sofia Sondervan of Dutch Tilt Film, Pressman's COO, Jon Katz, and Xeitgeist's Joe Thomas.

The project, which Mister Smith is pitching to international buyers at AFM, comes at a time when period dramas about brainy Brits are in fashion — think: Benedict Cumberbatch as computer pioneer Alan Turing in The Imitation Game or Eddie Redmayne as physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.

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