Turning heads in his role as Marius in last December’s blockbuster hit Les Miserables, young actor Eddie Redmayne will have new challenges to consider in his upcoming role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.
Diagnosed with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)—a motor neuron disease—as an undergraduate at Oxford, Hawking is a revered British astrophysicist, cosmologist and writer who was integral for his theories on relativity and quantum mechanics. His research and sense of humor have made him a fairly constant figure in pop culture.
Despite the physical infirmities that Hawking began to struggle with, he found hope when he fell in love with a woman named Jane Wilde, who soon became his bride-to-be. Directed by the Oscar-winning filmmaker who shot Man on Wire, James Marsh, the film will center on this relationship between Hawking and Wilde. As Hawking’s physical infirmities grew more severe and he lost the power of speech, he depended on his wife more and more.
All things considered this will be a very challenging role for Redmayne to pull off, but he should be well-supported when a leading lady is found. So far, producers have not cast the role for Hawking’s wife. Check back for more details as they are released.