In the ten years since Benedict Cumberbatch played esteemed scientist Stephen Hawking in the BBC biopic Hawking the actor has become a major star, and now another up-and-coming actor is tackling the role in true-life drama The Theory of Everything. Based on an autobiography by Hawking’s wife, Jane Hawking, The Theory of Everything stars Eddie Redmayne in the lead role and Felicity Jones, David Thewlis and Charlie Cox among its supporting cast.
Since the book upon which The Theory of Everything is based was written from Jane Hawking’s perspective, the love story has been placed at the center of the film (or at least, at the center of its marketing) and is intertwined with the struggles that Hawking went through after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the age of 21.
The second trailer for The Theory of Everything is now online and carries a similar tone to the first, although with largely new footage. It looks like Hawking’s theories and work may be taking something of a back seat for this retelling of his life story – used to underline the human side of the biography rather then being the focus of it – but it wouldn’t be surprising if a few more people pick up copies of “A Brief History of Time” after watching this movie.
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Redmayne recently played lovelorn revolutionary Marius in Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of the musical Les Misérables, while director James Marsh is best known for documentaries like Project Nim and Man on Wire. The Theory of Everything premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last month and received an overwhelmingly positive response from critics, which – coupled with its release date – means that it could be in the running for some Academy Award nominations.
Though it might end wobbling over the line between sweet and saccharine, The Theory of Everything looks like an ideal date movie for people who love science or romance – or are fond of both in equal measures.
The Theory of Everything will appear in US theaters on November 7th, 2014.
Source: Yahoo! Movies
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