The Theory of Everything follows the life of the brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking, from his undergraduate years and into his marriage to Jane Wilde, the arts student he fell in love with while studying at Cambridge in the 1960s. Hawking is played by Eddie Redmayne, who, in his own way, is also brilliant.
Between Redmayne’s The Theory of Everything and Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, it looks like the awards season could be dominated by biographies of tragic British geniuses. Add Timothy Spall, who has already won the Cannes Film Festival Best Actor award for his performance as J. M. W. Turner in Mr. Turner, and you might detect an emerging pattern.
The Theory of Everything is scheduled for a New Year’s Day, 2015 release. I suspect it will be showcased earlier.
I’ve been a serious fan of Eddie Redmayne ever since I saw him w/Tom Sturridge and Toni Collette in a not-very-good movie called Murderous Intent, back in 2006. He has an interesting background. Here’s a picture of him w/some of his classmates at Eton. Redmayne is the first person in the third row, standing next someone I can’t quite place, but who looks awfully familiar. I wonder if he’s also an actor….