Portraying Stephen Hawking for the first time in a major feature is no small order, yet it comes as no surprise that Eddie Redmayne has been earning substantial Oscar buzz for his leading role in James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything.
Equally rising young star Felicity Jones has gained plenty of recognition as a Best Actress contender as well, starring opposite as Hawking’s wife, Jane, and having launched a terrific first trailer over the summer, Focus and Universal have released an excellent second trailer, cementing its status as a big contender in this year’s awards race.
Starring Eddie Redmayne (“Les Misérables”) and Felicity Jones (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”), this is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed.
Starring alongside Redmayne and Jones is a great ensemble, led by Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Simon McBurney, Maxine Peake, and Charlotte Hope.
Anthony McCarten (Death of a Superhero) is the man behind the script, adapting Jane Hawking’s memoir, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen.
The Theory of Everything will kick off with a limited release in the US on November 7th, perfectly positioned for the Oscars and expanding in successive weeks, with its UK release set for January 1st.