Oscar Winner Eddie Redmayne may be going for two in a row when The Danish Girl is released later this year. The oft-delayed film went through a multitude of potential directors until Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) finally took control, bringing the story of Lili Elbe to life.
“In early 1920s Copenhagen, the illustrator and artist Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) asks her husband, Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) to stand in for a female model. The popularity of the portraits leads to Gerda painting her husband in further pictures as a woman. Einar develops an attraction for a female physical appearance and begins living as a woman named Lili Elbe. Ultimately Elbe becomes the first ever recipient of male to female sex reassignment surgery, and Gerda supports her decision, although their marriage becomes strained when Gerda comes to the realization that Lili is no longer the person she married. A childhood friend of Einar, Hans Axgil (Matthias Schoenaerts), shows up and forms a complex love triangle with the couple.”
Focus Features has just released the first official poster for the film (there was a fake fan mock-up a few months ago) with Eddie bringing a certain Bryce Dallas Howard vibe.
Eddie spoke to Out earlier this month about the role, and how it taught him that “gender is fluid. And also that it needn’t be labeled.”
The Danish Girl opens in limited release on November 27th, joining such other high-profile LGBT-themed fall releases as Freeheld, Carol, and Stonewall