Sean Penn to play literary editor Max Perkins?

Sean Penn is talks to star in Genius, the story of literary editor Max Perkins.

The story follows Perkins, “the fedora-wearing eccentric editor-in-chief at New York publishing house Scribner, where he oversaw the release of works by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway.”

The film would focus on Perkins’ relationship with a young Thomas Wolfe. Bill Pohlad is on board to direct the project.