Eddie Redmayne Stars As Transgender Woman In ‘The Danish Girl’ – FIRST PHOTO!
The first photo of Eddie Redmayne playing a transgender woman in the upcoming movie The Danish Girl has been released. See the picture at right, and a larger version below.
Redmayne stars as Einar Wegener, who was one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Wegener, a Danish artist, had a series of procedures in Germany in the 1930s to go from male to female. The movie is based on the 2000 novel of the same name, which presented a fictionalized account of Wegener’s real-life journey. As a woman, she was known as Lili Elbe.
Alicia Vikander appears in the film as Einar’s wife Gerda, a fellow artist who frequently painted her in drag prior to the gender reassignment. The couple at first stayed together during Wegener’s transition to Elbe. Wegener died in 1931 after her body rejected a transplanted uterus that she had intended to use to bear children.
The film also stars Amber Heard, and is being directed by Tom Hooper, who won Best Director for The King’s Speech in 2011. The Danish Girl, which is currently in production in Denmark, does not yet have a release date. The project marks Redmayne’s first film since his Oscar-winning portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Check out the larger photo below.