CANNES -- Emily Watson ("Anna Karenina," "War Horse") and David Thewlis ("The Fifth Estate," "War Horse") have joined the cast of Working Title Films' "The Theory of Everything," which centers on the relationship between physicist Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde, the arts student he fell in love with whilst studying at Cambridge in the 1960s.
The pic is produced by Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Lisa Bruce and Anthony McCarten. The original screenplay was written by McCarten and is inspired by Jane Hawking's memoir, "Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen." Universal Pictures International will distribute the film internationally.
Eddie Redmayne ("Les Miserables," "My Week with Marilyn") and Felicity Jones ("The Invisible Woman," "Breathe In"). The cast also includes Charlie Cox ("Boardwalk Empire"), Simon McBurney ("Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "Jane Eyre"), Maxine Peake ("The Village," "Red Riding") and Harry Lloyd ("Game of Thrones," "The Iron Lady").
Helmer James Marsh received Academy and BAFTA awards for his docu "Man on Wire," and further plaudits and awards for "Project Nim." His latest feature, "Shadow Dancer," starring Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough, was released last year.
Crew on "The Theory of Everything" include director of photography Benoit Delhomme, production designer JP Kelly, hair and make-up designer Jan Sewell, costume designer Steven Noble and editor Jinx Godfrey.
Filming, which gets underway today, will take place in Cambridge and at other locations in the U.K.