Eddie Redmayne To Play First Gender Reassingment Patient In New Film

Eddie-Redmayne to play first transgender patient in new film
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Eddie Redmayne is going from strength to strength in his career. After his success in Les Mis, he is just about to step it up one gigantic notch further when he hits the big screen again. This time he will be starring as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything which tells the story of the professor’s battle with ALS.

The film looks set to be huge, and early reviews have been quick to praise Redmayne’s performance, particularly his physicality of the role.

Transformation will play a key part in his next role too; Redmayne will play Lili Elbe, the first man to have sexual reassignment surgery in 1931.

The Danish Girl is based on David Ebershoff’s novel of the same name, and will give a semi-fictionalised version of the life of Einar Wegener, a Danish painter who then changed her name to Lili Elbe.

“There are many people who have written Ph.D’s on Lili’s story,” Redmayne told E! Online “Even though it is period and under completely different circumstances than today, I’m meeting many women from the trans community and hearing their experiences.”

Indeed, Redmayne is meeting women who transitioned way back in the 50’s and 60’s, when not only was it a complete social taboo, even more so than now, it was also illegal. Redmayne seems to be showing respect and understanding towards them, and I hope his empathy will come across in his film role.

“I have put on dresses and wigs and makeup,” Redmayne said. “I’m beginning to embark on that and trying to find out who she is.”

It will certainly be a challenge, but I am glad Lili Elbe will have her story told. How brave and inspiring she must have been, and I am glad her portrayal has been trusted in the hands of a fine young actor.