Quantum physics and theoretical cosmology aren't generally the stuff of romance, but the Stephen Hawking biopic "The Theory of Everything" could prove an exception.
As glimpsed in a new trailer, which you can watch above, the romantic drama stars Eddie Redmayne ("Les Miserables") as a young Hawking at the University of Cambridge, where he begins blossoming into a brilliant young scientist and falls for a fellow student, Jane Wilde (later Jane Hawking), played by Felicity Jones ("Like Crazy").
Their bond, however, is soon put to the test when Hawking is diagnosed with a debilitating motor neuron disease and given two years to live by doctors. In spite of the grim news, Hawking and Wilde would marry and remain together for more than two decades (ultimately divorcing), while Hawking of course became one of the most famous scientists in the world.
"Theory of Everything" is based on Jane Hawking's own 2007 memoir, "Traveling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen," and directed by James Marsh, who won an Oscar for his documentary "Man on Wire."
From the looks of the trailer, "Theory of Everything" has a lot going for it, including a talented cast (with Emily Watson and David Thewlis in supporting roles), a compelling true story (reminiscent of Oscar winner "A Beautiful Mind") and an intriguing director in Marsh (best known for his documentary work).
Time will tell if it can solve the equation for awards-season success. "The Theory of Everything" will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 7 and open in theaters Nov. 7.
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