The Stephen Hawking biopic Theory of Everything is set for a Nov. 7 release, and will be distributed in the U.S. by Focus Features, it was announced Thursday.
The Working Title film focuses on Hawking's younger years and the relationship between the theoretical physicist and his wife, Jane Wilde. The romantic drama, inspired by Wilde's memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, follows Hawking's life from the 1960s and his studies at Cambridge University, through his scientific breakthroughs and the early development of his ALS.
The film, directed by James Marsh (Man on Wire), will feature Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables, Jupiter Ascending) as Hawking, and Felicity Jones (Like Crazy, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as Wilde. Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves, Punch-Drunk Love) and David Thewlis (Harry Potter, The Fifth Estate) also co-star in the film. Anthony McCarten penned the screenplay, and is also producing the project with Lisa Bruce and Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner.
“This extraordinary love story between one of the greatest minds of our time, Stephen Hawking, and his first wife Jane is profoundly moving and inspirational, with heart and humor. Under the dynamic direction of James Marsh, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones deliver performances of stunning emotional power," said Focus CEO Peter Schlessel in a statement.
Focus also has the U.S. distribution rights for the upcoming sci-fii feature The Signal, in theaters June 13, and the Zach Braff Kickstarter-funded film, Wish I Was Here, which is set to release July 25.
Focus will expand the release of Theory of Everything in more theaters on Nov. 14 and Nov. 21.
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