Michael Fassbender is to star opposite Colin Firth in the literary biopic Genius.

Variety reports that the film tells the story of the relationship between author Thomas Wolfe (Fassbender) and editor Max Perkins (Firth).

The film is based on A Scott Berg's award-winning book Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, with Skyfall and Gladiator writer John Logan adapting the book for the screen.

Filming on the Michael Grandage-directed drama will start early in 2014.