Stephen William Hawking is arguably one of the greatest minds living today. So it’s no shock that Hollywood is set on making a full-length feature film about Hawking’s life, work, and his relationship with his wife (although it’s unclear which wife; Hawking had two in his life so far) entitled Theory of Everything. The actor who will portray Stephen Hawking in the film is British actor Eddie Redmayne.
Redmayne was the breakout star of Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables musical film adaptation last year, so it’s good that he’s getting a chance to have a leading role in the new biopic. According to Deadline, the film’s producers, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, are actively looking for a female lead to play opposite Redmayne.
British director James Marsh will direct Theory of Everything. Marsh received critical acclaim and the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for the film Man on Wire in 2008. He has also directed the documentary Project Nim and the film Shadow Dancer, starring Clive Owen, Andrea Riseborough, and Gillian Anderson.
As for Eddie Redmayne, he is currently shooting the science fiction film Jupiter Ascending for writers and directors Andy and Lana Wachowski. He’s also appeared in the films My Week With Marilyn, Black Death, The Other Boleyn Girl, and The Good Shepherd. He won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in the West End and Broadway productions of the stage-drama Red in 2010.
It’s also noted that Eddie Redmayne’s performance in Theory of Everything could be compared to other performances such as Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot and Mathieu Amalric in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, both of which revolved around fully or partially paralyzed protagonists.
There is no release date set for Theory of Everything yet.