The official trailer for The Danish Girl has been released.
The film is an adaptation of a book by David Ebershoff. It is a fictional telling of the true story of Lili Elbe. She was one of the first individuals to be openly transgender and receive sex reassignment surgery. She was an absolute trailblazer and I’m sure would have been honoured by her portrayal.
Eddie Redmayne will be playing Lili and looks beautifully fragile in his role. Last February fans got to see a photo of Redmayne as Lili and we’ve all been waiting on pins and needles for the trailer.
The trailer shows us that Lili Elbe was born a man and lived as an artist with her wife. Her wife, also an artist, is played by Alicia Vikander. One day their model didn’t show up for a portrait sitting, so she asked Lili to sit as her model. What she didn’t realize is that once Lili put on the dress and stockings, something inside her aligned. The film follows Lili’s personal struggle and the strain their relationship faces throughout the journey.
Thirty-three year old Redmayne has impressed us time and time again with his incredible acting and it looks like this delicate and complex character will pull out the best of his acting abilities. With award shows just around the corner this groundbreaking role will definitely be turning heads for both Redmayne but also for the Swedish actress, Vikander!
Out magazine interviewed Redmayne and he told them:
“I felt like, I’m being given this extraordinary experience of being able to play this woman. But with that comes responsibility of not only educating myself but hopefully using that to educate (others).”
In order to tackle the great responsibility and to prepare for the film, Redmayne spent three years immersing himself in the trans community. Learning from and talking to trans individuals gave him the direction he needed to portray Lili perfectly.
Directing the movie will be Tom Hooper. Having directed The Kings Speech and Les Miserales, he is no stranger to being a part of such an emotion driven project.
Unfortunately there are still a couple months before we can see the film. The Danish Girl will be coming out on November 27th. Until then, we can think about this touching quote from the trailer:
“I think Lili’s thoughts. I dream her dreams. She was always there.” — Lili Elbe
Movieclips Trailers “The Danish Girl Official Trailer #1 (2015) – Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander Drama HD” Youtube. 1 September 2015. Web. 2 September 2015.