Watch Eddie Redmayne Transform into a Woman in Poignant First Trailer for The Danish Girl
Eddie Redmayne stars as Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery
“I think Lili’s thoughts. I dream her dreams,” Redmayne says in the trailer as he portrays 1900s transgender pioneer Lili Elbe.
The Tom Hooper-directed film chronicles the groundbreaking life and journey of Elbe – one of the first people to undergo sex reassignment surgery – and her supportive wife, Gerda Wegener (played by Swedish actress Alicia Vikander).
Redmayne said earlier this month that he spent three years learning from members of the trans community to prepare for the role.
“I felt like, I’m being given this extraordinary experience of being able to play this woman,” he told Out magazine. “But with that comes responsibility of not only educating myself but hopefully using that to educate.”
“Gosh, it’s delicate. And complicated,” he also said of the film based on the award-winning novel of the same name by David Ebersoff.
The Danish Girl hits select theaters on Nov. 27.