“The Danish Girl” is a movie that has simply refuses to get made, even with some of the biggest names around attached at various points. So, let’s break it down, shall we? Way back in 2009, Tomas Alfredson (“Let The Right One In“) was going to make the picture his English-language directorial debut with Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron in the lead roles. But Theron exited the project and was replaced with Gwyneth Paltrow. Then Alfredson left to direct “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” instead. Later, Lasse Hallström took over the directing reins only for Paltrow to bail on the movie. Then Rachel Weisz joined, and then left, and sometime in the last couple years, Kidman and Hallström also moved on. But now, the guys from “Les Miserables” are going to try and make it happen.
Tom Hooper and Eddie Redmayne are now attached to direct and star, respectively, in this latest iteration of the project. Based on a novel by David Ebershoff, with a script by Lucinda Coxon (Guillermo Del Toro‘s upcoming “Crimson Peak“), the film is a 1930s-set story chronicling the first-ever sex-change patient, Einar Wegener, a male Danish artist whose love affair with his wife—fellow Danish artist Gerda Wegener—set him on the path to an eventual male-to-female operation.
It’s challenging stuff, and you probably won’t be surprised to learn that financing has been difficult to come by in the past, and we imagine it won’t be any easier this time. And it’s not even certain that this will be Hooper’s next film, so yeah, we’re not holding our breath that “The Danish Girl” will shoot anytime soon. [Deadline]