Mel Gibson & Sean Penn in Trailer for 'The Professor and the Madman'

March 11, 2019
Source: YouTube

The Professor and the Madman Trailer

"When I read, I can fly out of this place on the backs of books…" The first official trailer has debuted for a film titled The Professor and the Madman, a drama from Iranian filmmaker Farhad Safinia, who wrote the screenplay for Mel Gibson's Apocalypto. In Safinia's The Professor and the Madman, Mel Gibson stars as James Murray, a professor at Oxford who is hired to work on compiling the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. During the course of his fastidious work, he receives over 10,000 entries from a patient and convincted murderer at the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, a man known as Dr. William Chester Minor, played by Sean Penn. The cast also includes Natalie Dormer, Jennifer Ehle, Ioan Gruffudd, Jeremy Irvine, Aidan McArdle, Brendan Patricks, and Adam Fergus. We've all been curious to see what the footage looks like, considering Penn and Gibson are odd picks, and so far it seems quite intriguing.

Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Farhad Safinia's The Professor and the Madman, from YouTube:

The Professor and the Madman Poster

The Professor and the Madman Poster

Professor James Murray (Mel Gibson) begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid 19th century, and receives over 10,000 entries from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr. William Minor (Sean Penn). The Professor and the Madman is directed by Iranian filmmaker Farhad Safinia, making his feature directorial debut after a short film previously; he also wrote the screenplay for Apocalypto and created the TV series "Boss". The screenplay is written by John Boorman, Todd Komarnicki, and Farhad Safinia; based on the book by Simon Winchester. Produced by Nicolas Chartier, Bruce Davey, Mel Gibson, and Gastón Pavlovich; co-produced by Léonard Glowinski and Macdara Kelleher. The film opens first in Europe throughout April & May. Vertical Entertainment will open The Professor and the Madman in select US theaters starting on May 10th, 2019. First impression?

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GIbson is such a great actor. This looks fantastic. Give us more!!!

Electronic Eric on Mar 11, 2019


Looks like a top notch production, that's for sure. Great cast even in the supporting roles so no problem there. The director wrote a great script for Gibson's terrific film, Apocalypto. Another plus. One (at least I do) has to wonder just how they are going to make a compelling film out of the comprising/making of the dictionary. The trailer looked good, but I couldn't tell what the conflict really was or what the story is actually about. I'll still see it as I like both of these actors a lot so I'll get my money worth just watching them perform. I believe this was shot a while ago so there is some kind of hold up indicating problems of whatever nature. Hope it gets released in the long run here in the States.

thespiritbo on Mar 11, 2019


Two fascinating lunatics in a film about making a dictionary. Yes, count me in. And I'm glad to see Penn doing something good after some time ...

shiboleth on Mar 12, 2019


Looks interesting. And that Gibson can sure grow a fine beard.

grimjob on Mar 12, 2019


Here, here! That is a beard of beards!

DAVIDPD on Mar 12, 2019


Epic beardness!

THE_RAW_ on Mar 14, 2019


Looks good. The costuming is good.

DAVIDPD on Mar 12, 2019


GIbson, welcome back to the right track.

Quast on Mar 13, 2019


One could say this might be a parallel to Gibson's own life? Not a fan of Sean Penn, but this looks well shot and well acted. I'm apt to give it a shot.

THE_RAW_ on Mar 14, 2019


Ha, “Not a fan of Sean Penn”? Who’s a fan of Mel Gibson these days...

Mark Brackney on Mar 16, 2019


I guess not being a fan of Sean Penn automatically negates being a fan of Mel Gibson cause they're in the same movie? And yes, I was a fan of Mel Gibson pre-anti-semantic rant/craziness, but in this day an age, once you're damned, you're unable to be redeemed apparently. I'd love to think people can change for the better and as far as Gibson's concerned, I hope he has, because he was a damn fine filmmaker and actor before he let alcohol/fame/personal demons get the best of him.

THE_RAW_ on Mar 18, 2019

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