Watch Eddie Redmayne in the first trailer for Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything

Felicity Jones, David Thewlis, Maxine Peake and Charlie Cox also appear in the story based on the physicist's life with wife Jane Wilde

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Watch Eddie Redmayne in the first trailer for Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything
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Susanna Lazarus

First Alan Turing, now Stephen Hawking. British brains could dominate next year's awards season if The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything live up to their early hype. 

The latter, starring Eddie Redmayne as a young Hawking, has just released its first trailer charting the blossoming romance between the pioneering physicist and Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones), the arts student he fell in love with during their years studying at Cambridge in the 1960s. And if this early footage is anything to go by, Eddie Redmayne could be set to add multiple best actor accolades to his mantlepiece come 2015.

Aged just 21 and given two years to live, Hawking went on to achieve global success and was heralded a successor to Einstein despite his body succumbing to the effects of motor neurone disease. The Theory of Everything charts his journey through love, illness and international intellectual recognition - take a look below... 

Also starring David Thewlis, Charlie Cox, Maxine Peake and Emily Watson, The Theory of Everything is set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and will be released in UK cinemas on 1 January 2015.

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