Inspired by the true story of Danish painter and trans pioneer Einar Wegener, The Danish Girl stars Eddie Redmayne in what is a clearly the role of a lifetime. Do NOT be surprised if he wins the Oscar for the second year in a row.
[The movie] starts with a question, a simple favor asked of a husband by his wife on an afternoon chilled by the Baltic wind while both are painting in their studio. Her portrait model has canceled, and would he mind slipping into a pair of women’s shoes and stockings for a few moments so she can finish the painting on time. Of course, he answers. Anything at all. With that, one of the most passionate and unusual love stories of the twentieth century begins. (via Coming Attractions)
Watch the absolutely magnificent trailer below.
Director Tom Hooper (The Kings Speech, Les Miserables) spoke with Screen Daily about why he chose Redmayne to play Elbe, who was one of the first recipients of gender reassignment surgery:
“Eddie was really the person I wanted to make the film with, and I was very passionate about that. I was a great believer in him as an actor. I think also there’s a certain gender fluidity that I sensed in him, that I found intriguing and it led me to think he might be a really interesting person to cast in this role. I felt that there was something in him that was drawn to the feminine. That was something that I felt he might be interested to explore further.”
Producers also told Screen Daily that they cast a number of trans actors in the role and had tried to find one for the role of Lili but that “the right performer had not emerged.”
Added Hooper: “I think there’s a tremendous pool of talented trans actors out there, and I think there’s probably a journey to go on to make sure that talented trans actors have the same access to opportunities both in front of and behind the character as cisgendered actors….I hope we’re at the beginning of a revolution that will improve access for trans actors and trans filmmakers – but there’s a long way to go.”
In theaters November 27.