Eddie Redmayne stars as transwoman
Gentlemen, start your Oscar prognostications. The just-released trailer for Tom Hooper's The Danish Girl — which stars Eddie Redmayne as transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, the first person ever to receive male-to-female sex reassignment surgery — starts out looking like any number of conventional period romances.
That is, until we see a shot of Redmayne's character longingly holding a gown, and we realize that this is no ordinary love story.
Eddie Redmayne stars as trailblazing transwoman in 'The Danish Girl' trailer.
Elbe — when she's still known as a male painter named Einar Wegener — first experiences life as a women when her wife, fellow artist Gerda (Alicia Vikander), asks Elbe to pose for her in a dress. Gerda then persuades her spouse to come to a party dressed as a woman named Lili. To Gerda, this is a lighthearted diversion; to Elbe, it's something else entirely.
The trailer shows Lili as she progresses from tentative repression to a firm declaration of her identity — "The fact is, I believe that I'm a woman" — and reaches the decision to have her groundbreaking surgery. It looks like a real tearjerker, not least because Gerda and Lili's love endures even after the transition is complete.
"I love you," Lili tells her wife, "because you're the only person who made sense of me. Who made me possible." Sniff.
The Danish Girl hits theaters November 27 2015
Coming off his recent Oscar-win for "The Theory of Everything", Eddie Redmayne isn't planning on slowing down anytime soon. The first photo of his new film "The Danish Girl" has been released, in which Redmayne plays Einar Wegener, one of the first known recipients of a sex change operation in the 1920's. He is re-teaming with his "Les Miserables" director Tom Hooper and cited this role as being "the most sensitive" one he's played in his career so far.