Tom Hooper is set to re-team with Les Miserables actor Eddie Redmayne in a biopic of Lili Elbe, who was born Einar Wegener, one of the first men ever to undergo a sex change operation. Deadline is reporting that Hooper, who won an Academy Award for helming the Best Picture-winning drama The King’s Speech, is to direct a film inspired by the novel written by David Ebershoff.
Ebershoff’s novel, entitled The Danish Girl, is inspired by the true story of successful Danish painter Einar Wegener and his California-born wife. Einar was quite successful as an artist, but stopped painting after transitioning and becoming known as Lile Elbe. Elbe’s wife would receive recognition for her paintings of beautiful women. The public was shocked to find out that the woman depicted in her paintings was none other than Elbe. Elbe died in 1931, due to complications three months after her fifth and last operation.
The adaptation comes from screenwriter Lucinda Coxon, who penned the British comedy Wild Target and has co-written Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming horror film Crimson Peak.
Eddie Redmayne is certainly picking some interesting projects. He’ll next be seen in the Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending, followed by James Marsh’s Theory of Everything, which will see Redmayne star as the famous physicist Stephen Hawking.