The first still from the forthcoming British biopic, The Theory of Everything, based on the life of brilliant physicist Stephen Hawking, has been released ahead of the film’s trailer premiere due out tomorrow (6 August). Showing its two stars, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, the still captures a tender moment between Hawking and his first wife, Jane.

The Theory of Everything
The first still has been released of the Stephen Hawking biopic, The Theory of Everything

Due to make its debut as Focus Features’ frontrunner at the Toronto International Film Festival in September this year, The Theory of Everything charts the life of a young Hawking as he begins his epic journey of discoveries within the world of physics. The film follows Hawking as a young man who enters into a relationship with Cambridge student Jane Wilde shortly before his heart-breaking motor neuron disease diagnosis at 21.

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Once a healthy vibrant young man, the film will delve deep into the heart of Hawking’s increasing disability and the struggles that he and his wife face in order to continue to make advances in his ground-breaking study of time and space. Rumours of a volatile relationship between the two also plagued the couple before their divorce, something which the film may also touch on.

Co-starring Emily Watson and David Thewlis, the motion picture has been directed by James Marsh who joined the project in 2012 after writer, Anthony McCarten, had already been working on its development since 2004.

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There are questions about whether this biopic could place itself in contention at the Oscars and with a US release date of 7 November, the timing is right for a potential Academy Award nomination, but is the content?

The UK will find out when it’s released in cinemas on 2 January 2015.