‘The Danish Girl’ to be Directed by Tom Hooper

Long awaited film ‘The Danish Girl’ looks to be set in motion with ‘Les Mis’ director Tom Hooper on board.


Since early 2010 the internet has been a flood of rumours about a film version of David Ebershoff’s best selling novel ‘The Danish Girl’ being made. Rumours began in 2010 when Nicole Kidman was a confirmed member of cast, along with Rachel Weisz, Charlize Theron, Gwenyth Paltrow, Uma Thurman, and Marion Cotillard – all of whom pulled out.

The Danish girl filmIt wasn’t just the cast that went through a chop and change over the last four years, with confirmed Swedish directors Lasse Hallstrom and Tomas Alfredson both pulling out of the project. However, today it was confirmed that the working title funded film will be directed by British director Tom Hooper (Les Miserables, The Kings Speech) and  will star actor Eddie Redmayne.

The romantic drama portrays the life of Danish painters Einar Wegener and his wife Gerda. In 1930, Wegener underwent the surgery and became Lili Elbe, then the first woman to undergo a sex change operation. The novel itself won the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Lambda Literary Award. It was also a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award and an American Library Association Award, and was a New York Times Notable Book.

It’s about time that members of the Trans* community were represented in film, and what with Jared Leto’s performance as Rayvon in the film ‘Dallas Buyers Club’, the world of film seems to be warming to exploring the lives of transexuals more and more.  

We can’t wait for ‘The Danish Girl’ to be released. Can you? Let us know in the comments below.

Rachel Newbolt

Rachel is a web media student from London, UK.