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

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The first official trailer for The Danish Girl is finally here – and is already generating awards show buzz for its star, reigning Best Actor Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne.

“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).

The newly minted Oscar winner, 33, is seen like never before in the trailer as he dons a curly red wig and shares a kiss with a man.

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.

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