Instead, it’s the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe (Eddie Redmayne) and Gerda Wegener (Ex Machina‘s Alicia Vikander). Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer. Formerly born in the wrong body, the trailer shows how Lili, as Einar Wegener, realises things aren’t quite what they used to be when his wife paints him as a lady, and that he wants to make the change, literally, and become the first-ever male to have attempted female sex reassignment surgery.
Eddie Redmayne was a powerhouse in the surprisingly so-so The Theory of Everything, and The Danish Girl shows his star to continue to be in the ascendancy, regardless of tripping up with Jupiter Ascending (no pun intended).
Set in Copenhagen, in the early 1920s, this all leads to a childhood friend of Einar’s, art-dealer Hans Axgil (Matthias Schoenaerts), showing up and starting a complex love triangle with the couple…
The Danish Girl is directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Miserables) and will do doubt be in the running for Oscar and BAFTA awards, hence why it’s given a similar release date to last year’s Hawking movie, as it’s out on January 1st 2016.
Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image:
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