This is, admittedly, about as far from science fiction as you can realistically get, but any time we get the chance to talk about Stephen Hawking, you better believe we’ll jump at that opportunity. One of the most brilliant, fascinating individuals to ever walk the earth is finally getting his very own feature-length motion picture in the form of the upcoming biopic The Theory of Everything. Release is still a ways off, but Focus Features just debuted this new trailer for you to check out.
Based on the book Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, the memoir of Stephen’s wife Jane Hawking, the movie appears to have Oscar-bait written all over it. This is just the kind of underdog, triumph over unimaginable obstacles, real-life human drama that the Academy is probably already drooling over. And while we don’t really give two craps about end of the year awards and all of that nonsense, this does look like a powerful, moving story about a truly remarkable human being.
Eddie Redmayne plays the renowned astrophysicist. From just these few minutes of footage you can see the remarkable transformation from promising doctoral candidate with the whole world open ahead of him, only to face a crushing diagnosis at the age of 21 years of age, and wind up confined to a wheelchair for the remainder of his life. Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) plays Jane Wilde. The two form an unbreakable bond while still young students at Cambridge, and she ultimately becomes Stephen’s wife and life companion on every step of this remarkable journey. As his health continually deteriorates, the couple faces impossible odds as he accomplishes some of his most groundbreaking work. “Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed.”
James Marsh, director of documentaries like Man on Wire and Project Nim, as well as narrative features like Shadow Dancer and Wisconsin Death Trip, helms this feature. His involvement only ups the ante awards-wise. Redmayne is proving to be an impressively diverse actor, singing his little heart out in the adaptation of Les Miserables and playing Emperor Batshit Crazy-Pants the Third, or whatever that guy’s name is the Wachowski’s upcoming sci-fi opus Jupiter Ascending.
The Theory of Everything is scheduled to make its world premiere on September 7 as part of the Toronto International Film Festival in, you guessed it, Toronto. The film will get a wider release later in the fall on November 7.