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First Look: Eddie Redmayne as Transgender Lili Elbe in ‘The Danish Girl’

First Look: Eddie Redmayne as Transgender Lili Elbe in 'The Danish Girl'

Oscar winner Redmayne is filming what already sounds like a tailor-made Oscar role in “Les Mis” and “The King’s Speech” director Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl” slated for 2016. Redmayne plays 1900s trans pioneer Einar Wegener, an artist who in the 1930s became Lili Elbe after receiving one of the first known gender-reassignment surgeries.

With the Hooper namesake and an international cast including Belgian babe Matthias Schoenaerts and American actress Amber Heard, “Danish Girl” could be Redmayne’s next awards vehicle.

Based on the 2001 novel by David Ebershoff, the Lucinda Coxon-sripted drama follows the love story between Elbe and wife Gerda Gottlieb.
Anne Harrison and Gail Mutrux developed the project and are producing via their Harrison Productions and Pretty Pictures. Working Title’s Working Title partners Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce with Hooper.

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