The first trailer for a new film gives viewers a chance to see Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn, Les Misérables) physically transform into the famous physicist Stephen Hawking.
Redmayne, slight of build and floppy of hair, bears a striking resemblance to the young Hawking when he was a star student at Oxford. He also appears to capture the extreme physical deterioration Hawking faced after he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in his twenties. The progressive neurodegenerative disorder eventually caused paralysis in Hawking and an inability to speak without the vocal synthesizer that has since become his trademark. (The famous voice even makes a quick cameo in the trailer.)