Les Miserables director Tom Hooper and star Eddie Redmayne are set to reteam for The Danish Girl. Based on David Ebershoff’s novel of the same name, The Danish Girl is a love story between Danish painters Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda Gottlieb. Not just a straight romantic picture, The Danish Girl also centers on the world’s first sex-change operation. Wegener became the first man to undergo the operation, changing his name to Lili Elbe. Lucinda Coxon adapted the novel for the screenplay. Hit the jump for more.
As THR reports, Hooper and Redmayne will reunite for The Danish Girl, which sees Redmayne playing Wegener in what promises to be a transformative and challenging role. Hooper, who won an Oscar for his direction of The King’s Speech, hasn’t announced his follow-up film to Les Miserables just yet, but he’s now attached to this adaptation. Here’s what he had to say about the project:
“The Danish Girl is an extraordinary love story and a story about finding your true self. I first read Lucinda’s script when I was making The King’s Speech and I was so moved by this true story. I have wanted to make the film ever since.”
Redmayne can next be seen in the Wachowski siblings’ Jupiter Ascending. Here’s a synopsis from Ebershoff’s 2001 novel, The Danish Girl (via Amazon):
A stunning first novel that probes the mysteries of sex, gender, and love with insight and subtlety Inspired by the true story of Danish painter Einar Wegener and his California-born wife, this tender portrait of a marriage asks: What do you do when someone you love wants to change? It starts with a question, a simple favor asked of a husband by his wife on an afternoon chilled by the Baltic wind while both are painting in their studio. Her portrait model has canceled, and would he mind slipping into a pair of women’s shoes and stockings for a few moments so she can finish the painting on time. “Of course,” he answers. “Anything at all.” With that, one of the most passionate and unusual love stories of the twentieth century begins.