Succession actor Jeremy Strong will play the inventor of the polio vaccine, Jonas Salk, in new movie Splendid Solution, it has been announced.
Variety reports that the film will be an adaptation of Jeffrey Kluger's 2005 book Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and The Conquest of Polio, which charts Dr Salk's mission to find a cure for polio.
The film, like the book, will tell the story of Salk's childhood during one of polio's worst epidemics and his later efforts to find a cure, also documenting how political issues and a rival researcher could have prevented him from developing his pioneering vaccine.
Further casting is yet to be confirmed. Gillian Weeks will write the screenplay, while Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy and Arrival producer Dan Levine have been confirmed as producers for 21 Laps Entertainment. Bron Studios is also producing, while Strong will be an executive producer.
"We can't think of a more timely story to tell – of one man's journey to save the world from a devastating pandemic while overcoming misinformation from the media... and how he believed so much in the vaccine that he tested it on himself and his children to prove to the world that it was safe," said Levy and Levine.
Bron Studios founder Aaron L Gilbert has also praised the movie's timeliness, saying: "This project is tailor-made for the time we're living in.
"I am confident that this true story of hope and perseverance in an era of uncertainty will resonate with viewers across the world and remind them of what humankind has overcome. I am honored to have a part in bringing it to life."
Actor Strong won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series last year for his portrayal of Kendall Roy on HBO drama Succession. The actor has also starred in The Trial of the Chicago 7, The Gentlemen and Detroit.
A third season of Succession is on the way and Strong has teased that we can expect high drama from the new run of episodes, revealing that "the energy of it will be more expansive and empowered".
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