Radioactive (film)

Radioactive is a 2019 British biographical film directed by Marjane Satrapi and starring Rosamund Pike as Maria Skłodowska-Curie (Marie Curie). The film is based on the graphic novel by Lauren Redniss.[1]

Teaser poster
Directed byMarjane Satrapi
Produced by
Screenplay byJack Thorne
Based onRadioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout
by Lauren Redniss
Music by
  • Evgueni Galperine
  • Sacha Galperine
CinematographyAnthony Dod Mantle
Edited byStéphane Roche
Distributed byStudioCanal
Release date
  • 14 September 2019 (2019-09-14) (TIFF)
  • 20 March 2020 (2020-03-20) (United Kingdom)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The film premiered as the Closing Night Gala at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival.[2]




It was announced in February 2017 that Marjane Satrapi would direct a biopic on the life of Marie Curie, with StudioCanal and Working Title Films serving as producers. An autumn 2017 production start was initially foreseen.[3] In May 2017, during the Cannes Film Festival, Rosamund Pike was cast as Curie.[4]


In February 2018, the film was acquired by Amazon Studios, with filming beginning in Budapest and Esztergom[5] the same week.[6] The cast was rounded out by Sam Riley, Anya Taylor-Joy, Aneurin Barnard and Simon Russell Beale a few days later.[7]


Radioactive premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 14, 2019.[8][9] The Guardian[10] and The Independent[11] reviewed it. Kate Taylor of the Globe & Mail concluded " . . . the viewer may decide she’d rather read a comic book."[12] The film is scheduled to be released by Amazon Studios in 2020.[13]


  1. Marjane Satrapi's Marie Curie Biopic Starring Rosamund Pike Set For 2020 Release
  2. "World Premiere of Radioactive Is the TIFF 2019 Closing Night Gala Film" (PDF) (Press release). TIFF. July 23, 2019. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  3. Tartaglione, Nancy; Tartaglione, Nancy (February 16, 2017). "Marjane Satrapi To Helm 'Radioactive' Marie Curie Story For Working Title & Studiocanal". Deadline. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  4. Keslassy, John Hopewell,Elsa; Hopewell, John; Keslassy, Elsa (May 16, 2017). "Rosamund Pike Set for Marie Curie Story 'Radioactive' From Working Title, Studiocanal (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  5. Varsóvá változott a Víziváros
  6. Amazon Boards Marjane Satrapi's Marie Curie Biopic 'Radioactive' (EXCLUSIVE)
  7. Berlin: Sam Riley, Anya Taylor-Joy, Aneurin Barnard Join Marie Curie Biopic 'Radioactive'
  8. "Radioactive". TIFF. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  9. Lang, Brent (July 23, 2019). "Toronto Film Festival: 'Joker,' 'Ford v Ferrari,' 'Hustlers' Among Big Premieres". Variety. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  10. Bramesco, Charles (September 7, 2019). "Radioactive review – Rosamund Pike flounders in toxic Marie Curie biopic". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  11. "Marie Curie biopic Radioactive gets lost in melodrama – review". The Independent. September 7, 2019. Retrieved October 23, 2019.
  12. "TIFF 2019: Updated – The Globe's latest ratings and reviews of movies screening at the festival". Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  13. Kennedy, Margaret (February 5, 2019). "Marjane Satrapi's Marie Curie Biopic Starring Rosamund Pike Set For 2020 Release". The Playlist.
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