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Bron and 21 Laps have set Jeremy Strong to star in their adaptation of polio vaccine drama Splendid Solution.

The feature is based on Jeffrey Kluger’s novel of the same name about Jonas Salk’s quest to discover a vaccine as polio ravaged the United States in the early 1950s.

Gillian Weeks will write the screenplay. The producers did not announce a director on Tuesday (March 30).

Shawn Levy (Free Guy) and Dan Levine (Arrival) will produce on behalf of 21 Laps Entertainment, with Becca Edelman and Emily Feher managing the project.

Aaron L. Gilbert (Those Who Wish Me Dead) will produce for Bron.

Strong (pictured in Succession) is an executive producer alongside Bron’s Brady Fujikawa (Good Boys) and Ashley Levinson (Pieces Of A Woman).

Jared Kramer brought the project to Bron and will oversee on behalf of the company.

“We can’t think of a more timely story to tell—of one man’s journey to save the world from a devastating pandemic while overcoming misinformation from the media…and how he believed so much in the vaccine that he tested it on himself and his children to prove to the world that it was safe,” said Levy and Levine.

“This project is tailor-made for the time we’re living in,” said Gilbert. “I am confident that this true story of hope and perseverance in an era of uncertainty will resonate with viewers across the world and remind them of what humankind has overcome.”

Strong’s credits include The Trial Of The Chicago 7, The Big Short, The Judge, and Zero Dark Thirty.