Voltage Pictures, the company behind 'The Hurt Locker' and 'Dallas Buyers Club,' is backing the film about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary.The film brings together two heavyweights, Gibson and two-time best actor Oscar winner Penn, who have never worked together despite coming of age in Hollywood around the same time. Gibson made his film debut in 1979's Mad Max, while Penn appeared on the scene two years later in 1981's Taps. Both men also frequently direct, and Gibson has two Oscars to his credit for directing and producing Braveheart.
Natalie Dormer has joined the cast of The Professor and the Madman, where she will be starringalongside Mel Gibson and Sean Penn in the title roles. The film follows two men, Professor James Murray (Gibson) and Dr. W.C. Minor (Penn) as they attempt to create the Oxford English Dictionary; Murray began the extensive project in 1857, while Minor submitted over 10,000 entries while he as an inmate at an insane asylum. Dormer will be portraying a widow whose husband was killed by Penn's character and "whose family he wants to help." And for a bit of added tension, a "complicated romance" between the two of them ensues. Farhad Safinia is set to direct the film, which is adapted from Simon Winchester's book of the same name. So, more Anne Boleyn, less Margaery Tyrell.