The James Marsh biopic focuses on the life of Stephen Hawking, a brilliant theoretical mathematician who was stricken by “amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.”
Also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, the affliction causes a slow degeneration of muscles until its victims are reduced to paraplegics. Hawking, however, scored a major breakthrough in theoretical physics as he struggled with the disease.
His theory of the universe and it’s origins advances Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and helps explain the formation of planets, stars and galaxies.
He began his work as a graduate student at Cambridge, and the film tracks his life from a robust student to wheelchair confinement. Against that backdrop, the film tells of Hawking’s extraordinary relationship with fellow student Jane Hawking and later his affair with his nurse.
“We all know Stephen Hawking,” says Redmayne in the clip. But we don’t know about this extraordinary relationship that was, in some ways, the catalyst for what he went on to achieve.”
Hawking was stricken with the motor neuron disease while still at Cambridge. He was given a life expectancy of two years. But Hawking, who is now 72, continues to live and work in Oxford, England. He is almost totally paralyzed and uses a computer to speak.
The film also stars Felicity Jones as Jane Wilde Hawking, Charlie Cox as Jonathan Hellyer Jones and Emily Watson as Isobel Hawking.
“The Theory of Everything” screened at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and had a limited release in North America last weekend in five theaters, probably to qualify for Oscar consideration.
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