Here’s a first official look at Actor Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe, a transgender woman and one of the first identifiable recipients of sex reassignment surgery (in 1930):
“Inspired by the true story of Danish artists Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda, 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.”
Well Eddie Redmayne does look the part, but he was typecast: he’s no bulky actor and it’s easier to make him look like a woman. It would have been a bit more difficult with Sylvester Stallone or Dolph Lundgren.
The film has yet to get an official release date.