Jóhann Jóhannsson Provides The Beautiful Score For Focus Features’ THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson scores Focus Features’ THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, directed by James Marsh.
World-premiering next month at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival in advance of its November release in the U.S and Canada, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING stars Eddie Redmayne (“Les Misérables”) and Felicity Jones (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) in 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.
Jóhann Jóhannsson’s previous film credits include last year’s thriller PRISONERS, starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as the crime drama MCCANICK starring David Morse and Cory Monteith’s final appearance in a feature film.
In THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, 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.
The screenplay by Anthony McCarten is based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking, and is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (“Man on Wire”). The film’s cast also includes Charlie Cox (“Daredevil”), Academy Award nominee Emily Watson, Simon McBurney (“Magic in the Moonlight”), and David Thewlis (“Harry Potter”).
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING opens in select cities starting November 7th.
The film boasts a beautifully poignant score by Jóhannsson depicting the ups and downs of their love story as Hawking faces a virtual death sentence from ALS.
Jóhannsson’s lovely score includes his signature blend of acoustic instruments and electronics. A keystone composer in the modern classical movement, Jóhannsson is distinguished by his ability to create soundscapes by electronically manipulating orchestral instrumentation, with an emotional range that spans from inspirational to harrowing. Jóhannsson explains, “It always involves the layers of live recordings, whether it’s orchestra or a band or solo instrument, with electronics and more soundscape-y elements which can come from various sources.”
Named a Top 12 Film Composer “On The Rise” in 2014 by Indiewire, Jóhannsson began his career composing for theater, so transitioning into film was a natural progression, as well as his involvement in scoring experimental video art projects. Jóhannsson compositions have been released through the legendary label 4AD, including IBM 1401: A User’s manual, an album composed of the sounds of an old mainframe computer.
Other recent projects include the indie drama I Am Here, starring Kim Basinger. He is currently scoring the crime drama Sicario, starring Emily Blunt and Benicio Del Toro, in theaters 2015.