Special guests livened up Friday’s writers panel for CBS‘ Emmy-nominated comedy The Big Bang Theory, which opened with a taped message from Season 6′s guest star Stephen Hawking. “I’m sorry I can’t be there — I got a flat tire,” he joked. “When I’m not playing Words With Friends with Sheldon, I’m thinking about the universe.” Shortly into the panel led by surprise moderator Melissa Rauch, who plays Bernadette on the show, cast member Johnny Galecki stepped up to the fan microphone in full Star Wars Boushh cosplay before joining the panelists onstage. The hourlong chat with showrunner Bill Prady and exec producer/showrunner Steve Molaro, co-executive producers Dave Goetsch, Steve Holland, Eric Kaplan and Jim Reynolds, supervising producer Maria Ferrari, and science consultant Dr. David Saltzberg, mostly kept to fan inquiries and personal geek anecdotes revealing the nerdy leanings of Big Bang Theory‘s creators.
EXCLUSIVE: After crushing it on Les Miserables, Eddie Redmayne is being fought over for his next lead role. I heard that he’s going to land on Theory Of Everything, and that he’ll play physicist Stephen Hawking in the film that Working Title is fast assembling with director James Marsh, who shared the Best Documentary Oscar for Man On Wire. The film focus is on the relationship between Hawking and his wife and it marks a re-team of the actor and Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner from Les Miserables. They are actively discussing the female lead, with an early fall start being eyed. Redmayne has also been courted to star with Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts in the Thomas Vinterberg-directed Far From The Madding Crowd, but I believe that his priority is the Hawking project written by Anthony McCarten. It is a potential tour de force role as Hawking, who has achieved so much despite his affliction with ALS. This opens the opportunity for the kind of work Daniel Day-Lewis turned in in My Left Foot and Mathieu Amalric in The Diving Bell And The Butterfly.