Eddie Redmayne reunites with Les Misérables director Tom Hooper for sex change drama

The Danish Girl is based on the story of painter Einar Wegener - the first man to undergo a sex-change operation

What happens when you’ve made one Oscar-winning film? You re-team to (hopefully!) make another one… 


That’s exactly what Les Misérables director and star Tom Hooper and Eddie Redmayne are doing, reuniting on a new project which will tell the story of Einar Wegener, a Danish painter and the first man to undergo a sex-change operation. 

The Danish Girl, based on a 2001 novel by David Ebershoff, tells the love story between Wegener (who later changed his name to Lili Elbe) and his wife, Gerda Gottlieb, also a painter.

Filmed from a script by Lucinda Coxon (The Crimson Petal and the White), the movie will see Hooper and Redmayne join forces once again with Working Title – the studio behind 2012’s Les Misérables adaptation which topped box offices worldwide and went on to gross £263m.

“The Danish Girl is an extraordinary love story and a story about finding your true self,” Hooper told The Hollywood Reporter. “I first read Lucinda’s script when I was making The King’s Speech and I was so moved by this true story. I have wanted to make this film ever since.”

This latest attempt to get the project off the ground comes after years of development which, at various stages, has seen Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Gweneth Paltrow and Rachel Weisz all circling the two roles.