Just days after taking home the Oscar for his leading performance in The Theory of Everything, we have our first look at Eddie Redmayne in another very promising lead as Einar Wegener in Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl.
The film sees Hooper return behind the camera for his first feature since 2012’s Oscar-winning Les Misérables. And given how much talent is involved here, this feels like another Oscar heavyweight.
The film is centred on the story of Einar Wegener, one of the first known recipients of sexual reassignment surgery in the early 20th century. And though based on a true story, the film adapts the fictionalised account of Wegener and wife Gerda’s lives by David Ebershoff.
Courtesy of Amazon, here’s the synopsis for Ebershoff’s original novel of the same name.
Inspired by the true story of Danish painter Einar Wegener and his California-born wife, this tender portrait of a marriage asks, “What do you do when someone you love wants to change?”
Set against the glitz and decadence of 1920s Copenhagen, Dresden, and Paris, The Danish Girl eloquently portrays the intimacy that defines a marriage and the nearly forgotten story of the love between a man who discovers that he is, in fact, a woman and the woman who would sacrifice anything for him. Uniting fact and fiction into a unique romantic vision, The Danish Girl explores the very heart of what connects men and women – and what separates them.
Alicia Vikander landed the coveted female lead last summer alongside Amber Heard, with Matthias Schoenaerts joining the cast last month a few weeks before production began.
Hooper is directing from a script by Lucinda Coxon (The Heart of Me), with Hooper also producing alongside past collaborators, Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (Les Misérables, The Theory of Everything).
There’s no word yet on when we can expect The Danish Girl to arrive, but if all goes well and post-production goes smoothly, it’s possible we might see it enter the awards race at the end of this year.
Thomas McCarthy’s Spotlight, starring Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, and Mark Ruffalo, is also expected to be a potential player come awards season. So we may even have some of the same contenders emerging as this past year.