The first image from The Danish Girl has appeared online, featuring Eddie Redmayne as Einar Wegener, later Lili Elebe, one of the first men to undergo gender reassignment surgery.
The film is an adaptation of David Ebershoff‘s novel of the same name, which tells the story of Lili and her wife Greta (Alicia Vikander), a painter whose pieces featuring Lili in drag helped prompt her change of gender.
Redmayne describes the part as “the most sensitive role I have played” in an interview with The Daily Mail, and goes on to explain the lengths he is going to to ensure he captures the essence of Lili’s character.
“We’re looking at everything from a feminine perspective,” says Redmayne. ‘How to sit, to walk, to pose, roll on a pair of stockings. How to put on a pair of heels – and how to walk in them. Everything.”
Directed by Tom Hooper and co-starring Amber Heard and Matthias Schoenaerts, The Danish Girl will open in 2016, with a specific release date to be confirmed.