Starring Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables) and Felicity Jones (Like Crazy), The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very thing he now has precious little of – time. Together, they defy impossible odds, breaking new ground in medicine and science, and achieving more than they could ever have dreamed.
Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson's intricate compositions provide a stunning backdrop to the romantic drama. "A lot of my music tends to combine electronics and orchestra," Jóhannsson explains. "In this case, it's the opposite: it's much more orchestral, around 85%. My electronic pieces are acoustic in origin but then they're processed and digitally manipulated. I use the piano early on for its expressive quality, for its precision and its mathematical quality. And also there are a lot of keyboard instruments. Tack pianos, electric harpsichord. I wanted to create shimmering sounds, almost like the sound of a firmament with a classical orchestra."