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From Stephen Hawking to one of the first notable transgender persons in history, it would seem that Oscar-winning Eddie Redmayne’s acting knows no bounds.
Less than a week after taking home the Academy Award for Best Actor, the 33-year-old British actor is certainly at the height of his career. What better time to release an image of him in his upcoming 2016 movie The Danish Girl?
The movie is based off of the 2001 one book of the same name and tells the story of Einar Wegener, a successful artist from Denmark at the turn of the last century. Wegener married the artist Gerda Gottlieb when he was just 19, and after modeling in women’s clothing for Gottlieb’s painting details, Wegener decided he was more comfortable identifying as a woman than a man.
Wegener went on to receive sex reassignment surgery and became one of the first identifiable people to do so, as the surgery was new at the time. She then changed her name to Lili Elbe. Sadly, Elbe died during her fifth operation due to transplant rejection. She was only about 48 years old at the time.
Elbe’s is truly an emotional story that will make you question how you would react if a loved one felt they needed to change their entire identity. Do you think Redmayne can tackle such a difficult role?
Eddie Redmayne is transitioning into a woman… for a movie role, of course! Learn all the details here!