Eddie Redmayne was spotted in character as the celebrated physicist Stephen Hawking, filming a scene for an upcoming biopic in London.

In the film, titled The Theory of Everything: The Story of Stephen Hawking, Redmayne plays the 21-year-old Hawking, who was studying cosmology at Cambridge. Around the same time that he was diagnosed with motor neuron disease and given two years to live, the unfocused – albeit brilliant – student fell for art student Jane Wilde. Wilde will be played by Felicity Jones (Chalet Girl) in the film.

The Theory of Everything: The Story of Stephen Hawking, directed by James Marsh (Man On Wire) was produced by Working Title Films and is backed by Universal pictures. The film is inspired by Jane Hawking née Wilde’s memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life With Stephen. It was adapted for the big screen by Anthony McCarten.

Hawking, who has defied the odds by continuing to live and teach into his 70s, wrote the best-selling science book A Brief History of Time. He is credited with discovering black hole radiation – now dubbed Hawking radiation – as well as his work on gravitational singularity theorems among other achievements.


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