Eddie Redmayne Stuns as Transgender Painter Lili Elbe in First Photo from ‘The Danish Girl’

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Here is your first look at Eddie Redmayne in his new film, The Danish Girl. The Oscar winner plays Einar Wegener, a Danish artist who was one of the first recipients of sex reassignment surgery in 1930. Following the transition, Wegener’s name was legally changed to Lili Elbe.

On Wednesday, Working Title, who is producing the film (and produced The Theory of Everything), shared the following photo from Redmayne’s trailer:

The Danish Girl, directed by Tom Hooper, also stars Amber Heard and Ben Whishaw.

Earlier this year, Redmayne talked to The Telegraph about the controversy casting a non-transgender person to play the role of Elbe.

“There is an incredibly valid discussion for why a trans actress isn’t playing the part, because there are so many brilliant trans actresses, and I’m sure there are many who could play this part sensationally.

But one of the complications is that nowadays you have hormones, and many trans women have taken hormones. But to start this part playing male you’d have to come off the hormones, so that has been a discussion as well. Because back in that period there weren’t hormones.

There’s also a great history of cisgender, cis people sort of gaining on the back of trans stories, and I absolutely understand that that is not cool. But I hope firstly this is a specific period piece, and really is set in its time, in which the bravery that it took, if you were in your mind not of the same gender as your physical being, to undertake when there was no question… no one had done it before. So it was basically death or… But the absolute need to be authentic and strive to be comfortable in your own… or to be your own gender, was pretty formidable and brave to me.”

The Danish Girl opens in theaters later this year.

[Lead photo courtesy of Working Title Films]