Eddie Redmayne’s latest movie transformation has been snapped on the streets of Denmark – and he looks truly splendid.
The ‘Theory of Everything’ Oscar-winner, who played Professor Stephen Hawking in his last movie, is playing Einar Wegener in ‘The Danish Girl’, directed by ‘Les Miserables’ helmsman Tom Hooper.
Wegener, who later became Lili Elbe, was the world’s first recorded transgender woman, causing a sensation when she underwent reassignment surgery in 1930.
In a blue dress and hat combo, he appears demure on a picturesque street in Copenhagen, where the movie is being filmed.
Then we see him beaming in another scene in a fish market, where he is resplendent in a navy coat and a fur stole.
In the movie, Wegener’s wife Gerda is played by Alicia Vikander, fresh from a sterling performance in ‘Ex Machina’.
Meanwhile, Redmayne has said that the part is his ‘most challenging’ to date, with rumours he’s lost two stone to play the role.
It was previously thought that a female would take the role, with the likes of Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard and Charlize Theron said to have been linked.
Based on the book of the same name by David Ebershoff, Wegener’s story is an inspiring, but also tragic one.
Wegener began wearing women’s clothes after a model posing for his illustrator wife Gerda Gottlieb failed to show up.
He continued to dress as a woman, and went to Germany in 1930 for experimental sex reassignment surgery, but it was after a fifth operation, an attempt to transplant a uterus, which caused her death just a year later.
It’s said that Redmayne discussed the role with Lana Wachowski, his director on ‘Jupiter Ascending’, who herself has made the gender transition.
It’s due out - just in time for Oscar consideration – on January 1, 2016.
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