Playing real-life people has always been a way to win Oscars. Indeed, the third-ever Best Actor award went to George Arliss for his portrayal of Victorian PM Benjamin Disraeli in “Disraeli” back in 1929. This year, another Brit, Eddie Redmayne, could be a contender for his performance as famed physicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.”
The fiilm follows the love affair between Hawking and Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones) from the time they meet as students at Cambridge and marry, through his diagnosis with ALS at age 21 and in their years together afterwards.
James Marsh, who won an Oscar in 2008 for his documentary “Man on Wire” about aerialist Philippe Petit helms, while Anthony McCarten adapted Wilde’s memoir “Traveling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen.”
The picture gets a gala screening at the Toronto Film Festival next month before Focus Features releases it on Nov. 7. Till then, we will have to be content with the teaser below.
Does Redmayne look like an Oscar winner to you? He picked up both an Olivier (2009) and a Tony Award (2010) for his performance in the play “Red.” Since then, he has contended for the Rising Star award at the BAFTAs for “My Week with Marilyn” (2011) and at SAG as part of the ensemble of “Les Miserables” (2012).
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