HBO Films is teaming with the BBC on the Albert Einstein biopic, Einstein and Eddington.

The film is taking a closer look at one of the biggest scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century - the creation of Einstein's theory of relativity; Andy Serkis and David Tennant star. It chronicles the German-born Einstein's (Serkis) work on the theory that he began while he was a clerk at the Swiss Patent Office, notes The Hollywood Reorter.

After his 1905 paper on special relativity, Einstein spent almost a decade developing the theory of general relativity, which introduces the notion of curvature in space-time. British scientist Sir Arthur Eddington (Tennant) was one of the most prominent astrophysicists in the first decades of the 20th century and the first physicist who understood Einstein's ideas of relativity. Einstein and Eddington kept a correspondence while their squared off in World War I.

Because of the military conflict, no new developments in German science were being made known to the rest of the world. So it was Eddington's 1920 article, which offered proof of the relativity theory of gravitation using data from the 1919 solar eclipse, that introduced Einstein's theory of general relativity to the English-speaking world.

No production schedule has been set for Einstein and Eddington.

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