Recovering from the shrapnel left by the huge Warner Bros. bomb Jupiter Ascending, Eddie Redmayne went onto win a Best Actor Oscar for his portray of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything this past weekend. He will follow-up that award-winning turn with another true-life take on an important moment in history. And now, we have our first look at the leading man as he becomes a woman for The Danish Girl.
In The Danish Girl, Eddie Redmayne will play artist Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe, who was one of the first people to ever undergo sexual reassignment surgery. Speaking with Daily Mail, the actor explained that he has been working on his movement performance since January by "observing the minutiae of feminine physicality". His hope is to accurately portray Elbe in his performance. The actor has also reached out to the trans community, and states:
"We're looking at everything from a feminine perspective. I think it's the most sensitive role I have played. The danger of surgery was so extreme then. It's such a brave thing that Einar did."
Alicia Vikander is playing Elbe's wife Gerda Wegener, while Amber Heard co-stars as Oola. The Danish Girl will reteam Eddie Redmayne with his Les Miserables director Tom Hooper, and should be in theaters sometime in 2016. Until then, take a look as the fresh Oscar winner transforms into Lili: