‘The Danish Girl’: Eddie Redmayne Struggles to Become a Woman in New Trailer

     October 16, 2015

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A new trailer for The King’s Speech and Les Miserables director Tom Hooper’s new drama The Danish Girl has landed online. The film stars Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander as artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener and traces their relationship as they navigate Lili’s transition into becoming a woman, making her one of the world’s transgender pioneers. I caught the film at the Toronto International Film Festival and it’s solid, with Hooper approaching the subject matter with a very delicate touch. It’s almost too sensitive at times, as this is a very soft-spoken and quiet film, but Redmayne and Vikander turn in a pair of spectacular performances. Indeed, Vikander essentially overshadows Redmayne here with her understated work as his supportive yet struggling wife.

This trailer highlights the relationship between Lili and Gerda, as well as the scrutiny Lili faced from the public as she began to more publicly make the transition into a woman. It’s a significant portion of the film, but the beating heart of The Danish Girl is the relationship between Lili and Gerda.


Check out the new trailer below, via Focus Features, click here to read Matt’s review, and click here for Steve’s extended video interview with Hooper. The film also stars Ben Whishaw, Amber Heard, Sebastian Koch, and Matthias Schoenaerts. The Danish Girl opens in limited release on November 27th before expanding further in December.

Here’s the official synopsis for The Danish Girl:

The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener (portrayed by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne [“The Theory of Everything”] and Alicia Vikander [“Ex Machina”]), directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech,” “Les Misérables”). Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

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