First Look At Eddie Redmayne As The Danish Girl

First look at Tom Hooper's new period drama

First Look At Eddie Redmayne As The Danish Girl

by Phil de Semlyen |
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With his Oscar safely stowed, his suit mothballed and the grin presumably yet to fade, Eddie Redmayne is back in his day job. In the short term that involves Tom Hooper's intriguing period piece The Danish Girl, the first still from which has emerged via The Wrap. If you've ever wondered what the newest Best Actor might look like as Best Actress, wonder no more. Click below to take a closer look. The film, a story of identity, art and sensation in mid-20th century Europe, has been simmering away for a number of years. Nicole Kidman, Tomas Alfredson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Charlize Theron have all been linked and unlinked at various stages but it's now officially underway with Redmayne in the title role. He plays Einar Wegener, a Danish-born artist who was one of the first known people to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Born male, she underwent a series of experimental surgeries in Germany, beginning in 1930 and changes her name to Lili Elbe.

“I haven’t worked since The Theory Of Everything," Redmayne tells The Wrap, "so it’s been really good to get the muscles exercised again."

As charted in David Ebershoff's 2000 book, the key source material behind Lucinda Coxon's screenplay, Wegener's wife Gerda achieved fame with her portraits of 'the Danish girl'.

Rounding off the gifted cast are Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Whishaw and Amber Heard. Could this propel its lead back to the Dolby Theater next year? Hooper, the Les Misérables man, obviously has had some Oscar success of his own. We'll find out towards the end of this year.

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