By Ben Brock | The Playlist June 13, 2014 at 3:00PM
Do not adjust your sets, this has not become a theater news site. Earlier this year, we were startled to remind ourselves that way back in 2011, Al Pacino and Barry Levinson announced that they'd be reteaming (off the back of HBO film “You Don't Know Jack”) to film a version of Philip Roth's novel “The Humbling,” as adapted by Buck Henry, screenwriter of ”The Graduate”). In February we learned that Greta Gerwig was joining the cast as—and this plot might come as a shock if you've never read any Philip Roth, in which case lucky you—a sexually adventurous young woman who ends up getting together with an older man (Pacino) of famed artistic ability.
In this case, the older man in question is a stage actor, hence the play-within-a-film stills that have popped up over at Chopshop, looking suitably thespy. “Is this Al Pacino's “Nymphomiac”?” we asked in February, back when we were still blissfully unaware of the content of the actual “Nymphomaniac.” How innocent we were then. We'll let you know when we hear release details for “The Humbling.”
Meanwhile, a year ago today—insofar as time is real and not merely a dimension of space-time upon which our limited consciousness’s impose the comforting illusion of linear causality—we heard the announcement of “Theory of Everything,” a biopic covering the early life of Stephen Hawking in which the great physicist would be played by Eddie Redmayne, with the excellent Felicity Jones as his wife Jane Wilde, and James Marsh (“Man on Wire”) directing. We now have the first image from the film from Working Title, and though it's not the most telling still, it gives some indication of the presumably considerable physical aspect of Redmanye's performance—the film will cover the period of Hawking's life when his debilitating motor neurone disease began to set in. “Theory of Everything” is set to release on November 7th—if, again, we can meaningfully speak of precise points in time.