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Jesse Eisenberg and Pierce Brosnan to Star in ‘THE MEDUSA’

May 11, 2017

Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg and Pierce Brosnan are set to star in THE MEDUSA film, which dives into the backstory of one of the world’s most famous paintings. The Medusa follows artists Théodore Géricault and his relationship to the tragic events that inspired his harrowing and politically significant masterpiece, “The Raft of the Medusa.”

Eisenberg will play Géricault with Brosnan playing his uncle and nemesis, Caruel. Vanessa Redgrave plays the painter’s anti-royalist innkeeper.

Peter Weber will be directing from a script by Sophia-Al Maria, based on Jonathan Miles 2007 book “The Wreck of the Medusa.” Raffaella De Laurentiis of Raffaella Productions and Das Films’ Sriram Das and Mark Collins produce. De Barros, Barnum and Andrea Chung executive produce.

Set during the turmoil of post-Napoleonic France, the story centers on Géricault, artist and enfant terrible, who learns that his best friend has died after the Naval vessel Medusa runs aground near Senegal. His death and those of over 100 others were horrific due to incompetence on the part of an aristocratic captain.


Plunged into grief, and entangled in a passionate but doomed love affair with his uncle’s young wife, Géricault begins to search for a reason to live. In this quest, he become morbidly obsessed with the disaster– and with seeing justice served. Risking his social standing, his sanity and his one chance at a true love, the painter transforms from a frivolous artist and playboy into an activist and investigator, revealing the truth of the captain’s crimes, and painting a masterpiece of 19th century art that convicts the French government in the court of public opinion.

De Laurentiis said:

“Before the sinking of the Titanic, the story of The Medusa was the greatest sea disaster people had heard of. I was captivated the first time I saw Gericault’s painting of it in the Louvre and for the next twenty years I wanted to see it become a film. So, it was a joy to discover that Peter Webber had conceived of a way to tell the story from the painter’s perspective that made it emotional and poignant within the epic scope of the tragedy.”

Production is set to begin this summer/fall.

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