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Eddie Redmayne to play Stephen Hawking in biopic Theory of Everything?

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Eddie Redmayne is in line to play Stephen Hawking in a new biopic of the academic.

The Les Misérables star is in line to play the theoretical physicist in Theory of Everything, according to Deadline.

Eddie Redmayne at the 2013 London Evening Standard British Film Awards at the London Film Museum, County Hall, South Bank, London.

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Man on Wire filmmaker James Marsh will direct the movie, which is due to start filming in autumn and will be focused on Hawking and his wife.

Discussions are thought to be underway about who will take the role of the female lead.

Tony Award winner Redmayne is also reportedly in contention for Far From the Madding Crowd alongside Matthias Schoenaerts and Carey Mulligan.

However, it is understood that Theory of Everything is Redmayne's priority even if he wins a role in the Thomas Hardy adaptation.

Hawking was previously portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the 2004 TV movie Hawking. The role earned Cumberbatch a Golden Nymph award and a BAFTA nomination.

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