‘Theory of Everything’ director’s next movie is about real-life concert pianist

The director of The Theory of Everything has revealed his next movie project.

Oscar-winner James Marsh, who also directed last year’s Colin Firth movie The Mercy, is adapting the bestselling memoir of English concert pianist James Rhodes.

Instrumental: A Memoir of Madness, Medication, and Music reveals how music saved the piano prodigy’s life after he suffered sexual abuse as a pupil at his all-boys junior school.

Rhodes suffered mentally as well as physically, including spinal damage, eating disorders and PTSD, while his abuser died before he could appear in court.

The internationally acclaimed musician will be played in the movie by Andrew Garfield.

The 35-year-old British-American actor is best known for his roles in Breathe, Hacksaw Ridge and the Amazing Spider-Man movies.

Produced by Debra Hayward (Les Misérables) and Alison Owen (Suffragette), the movie begins filming in the UK later this year.

Instrumental is set for release in 2020.

James Rhodes’ book Instrumental: A Memoir of Madness, Medication, and Music is available on Amazon.