The Danish Girl, the long-awaited first trailer for one of the most anticipated Oscar films of the fall is here and it’s nothing short of exquisite.
Starring newly crowned Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl tells the story of Einar Wegener (Redmayne) and his new wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander) in 1920s Copenhagen. The artist of the family, Gerda one day asks Einer to stand in for a female model for one of her portraits. This sparks something in Einar he didn’t know was there; a desire, a need. Gerda humors the idea of her husband dressed as a woman, the two even go out together as female friends as a lark but something happens; Einar, as Lili Elbe, finds herself and who she is supposed to be. Amazingly, Gerda supports Lili’s need to live as a woman and stands by her side as she undergoes the first known gender reassignment surgeries in history.
The trailer itself is a stunner; richly drawn and beautifully shot, performances that seem articulate yet effortless. Redmayne isn’t simply coming for a 2nd nomination, he’s here for a win in what is a truly transformative role. Alicia Vikander is also outstanding here and quite clearly does not appear to be supporting but a lead role in this story. It’s a remarkable love story for the ages and a film that won’t soon be forgotten.
The film, based on the historical novel by David Ebershoff and directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech), also stars Ben Wishaw, Amber Heard and Matthias Shoenaerts and opens November 27, 2015 from Focus Features.