In the upcoming film 'Radioactive,' Rosamund Pike plays groundbreaking scientist Marie Curie, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize (and who would later win a second).
Curie's influence can't be overstated, and the film's official synopsis gives a good overview of her legacy:
From the 1870s through our 21st century, RADIOACTIVE tells the story of pioneering scientist Marie Curie (Rosamund Pike) through her extraordinary life and her enduring legacies – the passionate partnerships, her shining scientific breakthroughs, and the darker consequences that followed.
In late 19th century Paris, Polish-born genius Marie Sklodowska met fellow scientist Pierre Curie (Sam Riley). The pair went on to fall in love, marry, raise two daughters -- and change the face of science and our world forever as their work proved the existence of what Curie called "radioactivity." In 1903, the pair jointly won the Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery, making Marie the first woman to earn the esteemed prize.
After the death of her beloved Pierre from a tragic accident in 1906, Marie’s commitment to science remained strong and her work 'discovering' and explaining previously unknown radioactive elements went on to win her a second Nobel Prize, even as it became terrifyingly evident that Curie's work in radioactivity would lead to applications in medicine that could save lives by the thousands -- or applications in warfare that could destroy them by the billions.
The film is directed by Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) and Sam Riley and Anya Taylor-Joy are co-starring.
'Radioactive' will be available on Amazon Prime Video on July 24.