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Fassbender and Firth team up for new film

Award-winning actors Michael Fassbender and Colin Firth are set to join forces to star as lifelong friends in a film based on the relationship between a renowned American author and his agent.

German-Irish actor Fassbender -- who grew up in Kerry -- will take on the role of American novelist Thomas Wolfe in the adaptation of the critically acclaimed biography Max Perkins: Editor of Genius.

Wolfe was one of the major American novelists of the 20th century, famed for books such as The Lost Boy and The Hills Beyond.

Englishman Firth (52), who won an Oscar for his role in The King's Speech, will play literary agent Perkins.

Filming of the movie, called Genius, is set to get under way in early 2014. Directed by Michael Grandage, the film will explore the friendship between the men, which changed both their lives for ever.

"Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender is an extraordinary line-up to work with," Grandage has said.


"Together, we can all now look ahead to making this project a reality and bring this amazing story to the attention of audiences everywhere."

The film, based on the biography by Scott Berg, will be sold internationally by FilmNation.

Fassbender first broke onto our screens for his Golden Globe-nominated performance in Shame, for which he won an IFTA in 2012 and was also nominated for a BAFTA.

The 35-year-old continues to take Hollywood by storm and will work again with Steve McQueen, the director of Shame, on upcoming feature Twelve Years A Slave .

Shame was a success for Fassbender in more ways than one as he met his current girlfriend Nicole Beharie (27) on the set.