The Eddie Redmayne-starring Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything dropped its first trailer today and gives off a serious Beautiful Mind vibe, charting his romance with future wife Jane (Felicity Jones) in university while he is diagnosed with motor neuron disease and given two years to live by doctors (spoiler alert: he lived a whole lot longer than that). The director is James Marsh, who won an Oscar for his documentary Man on Wire but has yet to make a major splash with a fiction film.
It's hard to tell how deep the film will go into Stephen and Jane's marriage, which lasted for thirty years but ended in acrimonious divorce when he left her for his nurse in 1990 (who he married and also later divorced). From the trailer, the film seems to focus more on Hawking's early years, when he remarkably disproved every doctor's prediction of his death while beginning his groundbreaking career as a theoretical physicist. Redmayne's performance could be the kind of physical transformation that Oscar voters warm to, with Jones (Like Crazy, a brief appearance in Amazing Spider-Man 2) shouldering the role of the suffering wife.
The film is based on the 2007 memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking. This is the second, and far friendlier, book that she wrote about her relationship with Stephen, after 1999's Music to Move the Stars, which focused more heavily on the breakdown of their relationship.
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