Well… methinks Eddie Redmayne might be headed for some Oscar gold. This year he received much acclaim for his role in Les Misérables, and it also came to my attention that he was extremely hot. Both important achievements in his career… lol. Now we’re learning that the London-born actor is taking on what is, without a doubt, the biggest role of his young career– he’s been cast as world-renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking. Click inside to learn more!
Indiewire has the report:
Rising star Eddie Redmayne caught everyone’s eye with his performance in last year’s “Les Miserables” and now on the verge of landing the biggest movie role of his career thus far. The project is “Theory of Everything” and Redmayne would be playing physicist Stephen Hawking. Oscar winning documentary filmmaker James Marsh (“Man on Wire”) is set to helm the picture.
“Theory of Everything,” penned by Anthony McCarten, will explore the relationship between Hawking and his wife. It surely will be a very challenging role for Redmayne. Anyone familiar with Stephen Hawking is aware of the fact that he’s been battling a motor neuron disease that’s related to ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) for the majority of his life. He was first diagnosed at age 21 and doctors expected he had about two more years to live. Understandably, news of the diagnosis left Hawking depressed and he saw little reason to continue with his studies. Those feelings started to change when Hawking began a relationship and got engaged to his soon-to-be wife, Jane Wilde, who , as Hawking put it himself, gave him “something to live for”. It will be interesting to see how the relationship is explored in the film and what Redmayne can bring to the role.
No word yet on who will play Hawking’s wife, but filming is expected to start in the early fall.
Eddie Redmayne is so ridiculously talented, but I never would have pegged him for such a role. Can you believe this is the same cutie patootie from My Week With Marilyn? I absolutely cannot wait to see him take on what will surely be a challenging role.
Sidenote: Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Eddie is also in talks to star alongside Carey Mulligan and my Rust And Bone boo Matthias Schoenaerts in a new project. Please excuse me while I freak the freak out and go scour the interwebs for more news on that movie. Madness!
In the meantime, what are your thoughts on Eddie as Stephen Hawking? I’m excited, and I’m also loving this movie title: Theory of Everything seems completely appropriate.