Tom Hooper & Eddie Redmayne Set to Reunite for 'The Danish Girl'
Way back in September of 2009, Nicole Kidman was slated to star in an adaptation of The Danish Girl with Let the Right One In director Tomas Alfredson at the helm. But five years later, the talent has switched out both in front of and behind the camera. Deadline has word that Les Miserables director Tom Hooper will now be at the helm of the story about Danish painter Einar Wegener, who would become the first person to receive a sex change operation from a man to woman in 1931, becoming Lili Elbe. And it will be Hooper's previous musical ensemble star Eddie Redmayne taking the challenging period drama lead role.
As for the role of Wegener's wife Gerda, that still seems to be open with Kidman no longer involved (Charlize Theron was in the mix for the role before that).The film is based on David Ebershoff's book of the same name, and has been adapted by Lucinda Coxon (Wild Target, Crimson Peak). This sounds like it could be another Oscar contender for Hooper, who also previously directed the Best Picture winner The King's Speech. It definitely sounds like a role that could earn Redmayne an Oscar nomination if the project stays on track, so we'll keep our ears to the ground for more updates.