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Danish Girl released in United States in big year for transgender movies

November 27, 2015 - MOVIES

Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne stars in Danish Girl, a biopic about one of the first transgender women to undergo sexual reassignment surgery and the latest contribution to the growing trans genre. There is speculation that the movie is Oscar material.

Director Tom Hooper has revealed that Redmayne won the lead role in the movie thanks to his "certain gender fluidity."

It is described as another challenging role for the actor. The reigning Oscar best actor has gained a reputation for his brilliant portrayals of complex characters. In the movie, The Theory of Everything, he played physicist Stephen Hawking, a performance which eventually earned him more than 10 awards.

The movie was released Sep 5 for the Venice International Film Festival. The U.S. release follows in November, and cinemas in Britain will screen it on Jan 1, 2016.

Slate Magazine observes that it is an auspicious year to bring out a movie of the true story of one of the first people to undergo gender confirmation surgery as trans issues have never been so discussed in the media and popular culture. At least two dozen feature films and documentaries in as many years have centred on the theme. Hooper's point about Redmayne's gender fluidity has won scored points in the trans community. A widely-heard complaint there is that the role should have gone to a trans actor.

The Danish Girl is an adaptation of a book of the same name by David Ebershoff.

Eddie Redmayne Plays Transgender Artist Lili Elbe (Slate 1 Sep 2015)

The real reason Eddie Redmayne was cast as a trans woman in The Danish Girl (Independent 1 Sep 2015)

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Date written/update: 2015-09-09