Back in 2009 Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One in) was set to direct set to direct a movie about Lili Elbe, one of the first people to have gender reassignment surgery, with Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow set to star.
However the movie didn’t get off the ground at the time, but now Les Miserables and King’s Speech director Tom Hooper has come onboard The Danish Girl, with Deadline reporting that he will reunite with Eddie Redmayne for the film.
The film is based on David Ebershoff’s book about Danish painter Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) and his wife Gerda. In 1931 Einar is thought to have become the first person in the world to have a sex-change operation, when he became Lili Elbe. It’s believed the journey started – at least openly – after Gerda asked Einar to stand in for a female subject that Gerda was supposed to paint. The painting became incredibly popular and Lili began to express who she truly was.
Personally we’re thinking Redmayne makes more sense in the role than Kidman.
Tom Hooper will direct from a script by Lucinda Coxon (Crimson Peak).