Emily Watson to star in Hawking biopic

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 October 2013
Emily Watson

Emily Watson

Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Charlie Cox, Simon McBurney, Maxine Peake and Harry Lloyd have joined Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in the cast of Stephen Hawking biopic 'The Theory Of Everything'

Emily Watson and David Thewlis have signed up to appear in 'The Theory Of Everything'.

The pair, along with Charlie Cox, Simon McBurney, Maxine Peake and Harry Lloyd, have joined the cast of the Stephen Hawking biopic, which has already begun shooting in the UK.

The movie follows the early days of the celebrated physicist - played by Eddie Redmayne - and his first wife Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones)

The pair met at Cambridge university in the 1960s and pledged to stay together even after Hawking was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. The physicist eventually left Jane for his nurse Elaine Mason, marrying in 1995, but following his 2006 divorce, the former couple are close friends again.

It is not clear yet who the new cast members will play in the biopic.

James Marsh is directing the film from Anthony McCarten's script, while Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten are producing.

Watson was last seen in 'Anna Karenina' and has 'Some Girl(s), 'Belle' and 'The Book Thief' ready for release, while 'Harry Potter' actor Thewlis can next be seen in 'The Zero Theorem' and Julian Assange biopic 'The Fifth Estate'.

The Theory of Everything

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/UK
  • 2h 3min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: James Marsh
  • Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Tom Prior
  • UK release: 1 January 2015

Stephen Hawking (Redmayne) and Jane Wilde (Jones) lock eyes at a university party, but their budding love affair is given a blow by his diagnosis of motor neurone disease. Redmayne is astonishingly good and Jones inspires sympathy and admiration, but the script is never really convincing.

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