The project will be adapted from the David Ebershoff novel that was inspired by the true story of Danish painter Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) and his wife Gerda. After Einar stood in for a female subject that Gerda was supposed to paint, the painting became incredibly popular, leading to Einar becoming one of the first men ever to undergo a sex change operation in 1930.
The project has been languishing in development for years, with Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One in) once set to direct back in 2009, when Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow were to star as Einar and Gerda.
Tom Hooper will direct from a script by Lucinda Coxon (Crimson Peak). Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing with Tom Hooper and Pretty Pictures' Gail Mutrux, Anne Harrison and Linda Reisman. No production schedule was given.