Jude Law is to star in 'Genius'.

The 'Talented Mr. Ripley' actor will appear opposite Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman in the movie, which is based on A. Scott Berg's biography of editor Max Perkins.

Perkins worked with literary great Thomas Wolfe on a number of his books, and the pair developed a complicated friendship which altered their lives.

Law will play the celebrated writer, while Firth will star as his editor Perkins, and Kidman's role has not yet been explained.

Director Michael Grandage - best known for his theatre work and making his movie debut - is planning to begin pre-production in August and the film will start shooting in October.

The project was first announced in 2012 as 'Max Perkins: Editor Of Genius' and had Firth attached along with 'Shame' star Michael Fassbender.

And Law's casting is the second time he has joined a project after Fassbender has departed.

The Irish actor had been due to play the hero in 'Jane Got A Gun', but left and had Joel Edgerton switch sides from playing villain to take on his role, with Law subsequently cast in the baddie guise, though he also eventually departed the project before it began shooting.