Tom Hooper's 'The Danish Girl' Rounds Up Matthias Schoenaerts
After directing Les Miserables and The King's Speech, director Tom Hooper is sticking with period drama. This time he's heading to the 1930s for the sex change drama The Danish Girl. Hooper had already rounded up an impressive cast with Eddie Redmayne leading the story of 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. Redmayne is joined by Alicia Vikander as Wegener's wife Gerda and Amber Heard as a character named Oola. Now Deadline reports The Drop star Matthias Schoenaerts has landed a role too.
It's not clear who the actor will play, but it's likely a meaty part. The film is based on David Ebershoff's book of the same name, and has been adapted by Lucinda Coxon (Wild Target, Crimson Peak). It's another remarkably different role for Redmayne following solid work in Les Miserables and his fantastic turn as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, which will likely get an Oscar nomination next week. Schoenaerts will next be seen in Far from the Madding Crowd with Carey Mulligan, and seems to have a penchant for period drama, so he should fit in rather nicely. Could this be an Oscar contender? We'll see.