Eddie Redmayne is Cast As Trans in ‘The Danish Girl’

This upcoming film is based on the true story of Lili Elbe who was one of the first people in the world to have gender reassignment surgery 85 years ago.

Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar for Best Actor for playing Stephen Hawking in Theory of Everything and takes on this powerful role portraying Elbe’s transformation from Einar to Lili. Alicia Vikande plays Elbe’s wife Gerda, an artist who asks Einar to poise as a female model. As he dresses as a woman on a regular basis, it awakens something that was trapped inside him all along. Despite being set in the 1920s, The Danish Girl will be a powerful film for today’s society.

Tom Hooper is well known for directing Les Misérables and The King’s Speech. In his interview with Screen Daily, Hooper reveals why he cast Eddie Redmayne as the 1920’s artist and transgender pioneer.

I felt that there was something in him that was drawn to the feminine.

“I was a great believer in him as an actor. I think also there’s a certain gender fluidity that I sensed in him, that I found intriguing and it led me to think he might be a really interesting person to cast in this role… I felt that there was something in him that was drawn to the feminine… That was something that I felt he might be interested to explore further.”

There has been controversy as to why a transgender actor was not cast but co-producer Gail Mutrux told Screen that the right trans performer had not emerged.

Hooper says,  “I think there’s a tremendous pool of talented trans actors out there, and I think there’s probably a journey to go on to make sure that talented trans actors have the same access to opportunities both in front of and behind the character as cisgendered actors… I hope we’re at the beginning of a revolution that will improve access for trans actors and trans filmmakers – but there’s a long way to go… What’s extraordinary is when I first fell in love with the idea of making this film, it was perceived to be a very hard film to finance, and now people talk to me as if it was an obvious film to do, and that’s just in five or six years.”

Watch the emotional trailer below: