Nicole Kidman to Star in Tomas Alfredson's The Danish Girl
by Brandon Lee Tenney
September 16, 2009
Last year, Tomas Alfredson directed, in my mind, one of the best films of the entire year: Let the Right One In. A haunting story exploring adolescence, alienation, and identity. Well, Alfredson's set to take man the helm again with another story exploring identity, though devoid of the supernatural. The Danish Girl is an adaptation of David Ebershoff's book, the account of Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe, who in 1931 was the first to receive a sex change operation, going from man to woman. Nicole Kidman has signed on to portray Wegener/Elbe, while Charlize Theron, who had been attached to play Wegener's wife, has dropped out.
It's more than obvious that Alfredson has the directorial chops to handle was is sure to be an emotional hail storm. His deft portrayal of an outcast and inner struggle in Let the Right One In should prove to carry over nicely into this film. But it's not Alfredson that concerns me - it's Kidman. She's a bit cold, and maybe a bit too distant for such a role that will require us, the audience, to follow her internal struggle, to sympathize with her issues of self. Though, my concern may prove unwarranted, because even with my reservations, I still like Kidman. And I'm always willing to give her the benefit of the doubt. Or am I just raving mad?