Eddie Redmayne to Take on Transgender Role in The Danish Girl
After his acclaimed portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, British actor Eddie Redmayne will be taking on another challenging role in his next project. Redmayne has revealed he will play the first transgender woman ever to have gender reassignment surgery in the upcoming film, The Danish Girl.
Set in the 1920s and ’30s in Copenhagen, Paris and Dresden, and inspired by a true story, The Danish Girl is about one of the most passionate and unusual marriages of the 20th century. Einar Wegener and his American wife Greta Waud have been married for six years, but have yet to have a child. Both painters, they live a life of bohemian langour in Copenhagen until one day their lives are irreversibly altered. An opera singer whose portrait Greta is painting fails to turn up for her sitting. Greta asks her husband if he would put on the soprano’s stockings so that she can continue her portrait. Einar agrees and as he pulls on her stockings, slips into her yellow shoes and finally draws over his head the soprano’s dress, he stirs up in himself a remote sensation that he might be in part be a woman.
Redmayne is approaching the role with the same intensity with which he researched playing Stephen Hawking, who was diagnosed with ALS in his early 20s.
There are many people who have written Ph.D’s on Lili’s story. Even though it is period and under completely different circumstances than today, I’m meeting many women from the trans community and hearing their experiences. I have put on dresses and wigs and make-up. I’m beginning to embark on that and trying to find out who she is. – Redmayne