Eddie Redmayne is coming off the back of his Best Actor turn as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. And he’ll be in the running for the same statue for his portrayal of Einar Wegener / Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo sexual realignment surgery in the early 20th century. Alicia Vikander stars opposite him as Wegener’s wife, Gerda, and the film is set to explore the complex nature of their relationship before and after the surgery.
Universal has announced the first trailer will be arriving next week. And in advance of its arrival, we’ve got two stunning first posters to share, revealing our first official look at Vikander as Gerda. And with them comes a new image of the leading duo as well.
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.
Matthias Schoenaerts, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch, and Emerald Fennell complete the leading cast nicely.
Hooper, the Oscar-winning director behind The King’s Speech and Les Misérables, directs from a script by Lucinda Coxon (The Heart of Me), who adapts the novel by David Ebershoff, inspired by the true story.
Hooper also makes his feature debut as a producer alongside Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner (Les Misérables, The Theory of Everything), which means that Hooper will be in contention for both Best Director and Best Picture during awards season.
The Danish Girl will begin its limited release in the US on November 27th. Its UK release date is set for January 1st.