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Eddie Redmayne cast as partner of top US law firm in next film

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Hollywood heartthrob set to play namesake partner of Cravath, Swaine & Moore

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Oscar winning actor Eddie Redmayne may need to pop over to Blackwell’s for an intellectual property statute book, as it’s been revealed he’ll be playing a top litigation lawyer in his latest film.

According to the good folk over at Above the Law, the British actor will be playing Paul Drennan Cravath — the lead character in the film The Last Days of Night and the partner named in top New York-headquartered firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Our readers may recognise the firm as one of the key players in the growing MoneyLaw trend. In June, Cravath — which has offices in Moorgate, London — upped its junior lawyer pay from $160,000 (£110,000) to a pretty staggering $180,000 (£124,000), making it one of the best paying firms in the City.

Though he has no legal background, we hope Cambridge graduate Redmayne will be willing to swot up on his legal principles and case law in prep for the film.

Based on a book by Graham Moore, the film follows one of the most interesting intellectual property disputes in history. Seen through the eyes of a 26-year-old Cravath, viewers will explore the rivalry between inventors George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison in the late 1800s as they squabbled over the patent for the electric lightbulb. Just 18 months out of law school, Cravath was drafted in to represent defendant Westinghouse in the epic, $1 billion legal battle.

Redmayne and co will start filming early next year. We cannot wait.