See stunning new trailer and poster for “The Danish Girl” starring Eddie Redmayne
Could Eddie Redmayne become the first man since Tom Hanks to win back-to-back Academy Awards for best actor?
It could happen based on what I see in this new trailer for The Danish Girl.
The 33-year-old actor plays transgender pioneer Lili Elbe – one of the first known recipients of sexual reassignment surgery – in the film which will hit theaters in late November.
The film had its world premiere at the Venice International Film Festival and is screening this month at the Toronto International Film Festival.
It is inspired by the lives of Elbe and Gerda Wegener (portrayed by Alicia Vikander) and directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Misérables).
The film, set in the 1920s, tells the story of a painter named Wegener, who was persuaded by her wife, also a painter, to pose in women’s clothing for her. This opened up a whole new world for Wegener, who later began her male-to-female transition and changed her name to Lili Elbe.
Elbe traveled to Germany in the 1930s to have gender reassignment surgery, which at the time was virtually untested. After a series of operations, Elbe died when her body rejected a uterus that had been transplanted with the goal of allowing her to have children.