Based on Lauren Redniss’s graphic novel of the same name, Radioactive tells the story of renowned physicist and chemist Marie Curie. Along with her husband Pierre, she founded the elements polonium and radium, winning the two of them the Nobel Prize in Physics. She later won a second Nobel Prize, this time in Chemistry. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person to win two, the only woman to win two, and the only person to win two Prizes in multiple sciences. Needless to say, she was rather influential.
As you’d expect of any pioneering woman, though, Curie faced a lot of obstacles in her life. Between her love life, sexism, and xenophobia, Curie had to deal with a lot in her life. That’s without even getting into the natural resistance that always occurs with new discoveries like hers. This trailer suggests Radioactive will place a healthy focus on the resistance to her scientific efforts, but I’m curious whether this film will cover some of the grosser “scandals” facing Curie after winning her first Nobel Prize. There are also multiple shots suggesting a focus on atomic weapons, which is curious considering Curie died a decade before any atomic bombs were even tested, let alone used.
Whatever the case, this looks stylish and the graphic novel it’s based on is highly praised. Here’s hoping they do both Curie and Redniss justice here. I’m always about stories highlighting important women like Marie Curie.
Radioactive stars Rosamund Pike, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sam Riley, and Aneurin Barnard. It is directed by Persepolis novelist and co-director Marjane Satrapi. Radioactive will premiere at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival. No worldwide release date has been announced.