Stephen Hawking's funeral was held yesterday morning at Great St. Mary’s Church in Cambridge, England, and nearly 500 people turned out to mourn the late theoretical physicist, including the man who played him in 2014's The Theory of Everything. Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Hawking, read from the book of Ecclesiastes, reports Vulture. As a fixture of the Old Testament, Ecclesiastes (or Kohelet) was written by a former king of Jerusalem and is filled with wisdom and often poetic musings on life.
“We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet. My love and thoughts are with his extraordinary family,” Redmayne said in an official statement when Hawking passed away at the age of 76 in mid-March.
Also present at the funeral was Redmayne's Theory of Everything co-star Felicity Jones (Rogue One), who played Hawking's wife, Jane; the real-world Jane Hawking; Astronomer Royal Martin Reese; Hawking’s eldest son, Robert; Elon Musk; and James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli. The ceremony was held near the University of Cambridge, where Hawking earned his Ph.D. and worked for over five decades.
Hawking's ashes are to be interred at Westminster Abbey near the graves of fellow esteemed scientists Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin. Redmayne next reprises his role as magical zoologist Newt Scamander in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, out November 18. Jones will play Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the upcoming On the Basis of Sex from director Mimi Leder.