Eddie Redmayne portrays Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything trailer

In the last couple of years, Eddie Redmayne has shown his capabilities as one of Britain’s best young actors with his work in the likes of My Week with Marilyn (2011) and the brilliant Les Miserables (2012).

But the BAFTA-nominated star is set for his biggest project to date as he takes on the challenging role of acclaimed physicist Stephen Hawking in the upcoming biopic The Theory of Everything.

The film’s official trailer has now premiered online.

Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker James Marsh (Man on Wire, Shadow Dancer), the drama documents the life of Hawkings during his time at Cambridge University in the 1960s. After earning praise for his scientific theories, he found himself being diagnosed with Motor Neuron disease which led to him losing the ability to walk and talk. However through loyal support from his wife Jane Wilde (played by fellow startlet Felicity Jones (Like Crazy, The Invisible Woman)), he would overcome his disability to become one of humanity’s greatest experts.

Additional acting support also comes from David Thewlis (Naked, Harry Potter series), Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves, War Horse) and Charlie Cox (Stardust, Boardwalk Empire).

The film, which is being touted as a potential awards contender later this year, will be released in the UK on January 1st 2015.

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