Based on David Ebershoff’s fictionalised account of Elbe’s life, the story follows Danish painter Einar Wegener’s journey from posing in women’s clothes for his wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander) after her model failed to show up, to becoming one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery.
"I believe that I'm a woman," Elbe tells Gerda in one poignant scene. "I believe so too," she replies.
Ben Whishaw, Matthias Schoenaerts and Amber Heard also star in the film, which is tipped for triumph at next year’s awards season.
Redmayne won Best Actor at the most recent Oscars for his acclaimed portrayal of physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, and critics are already touting him for consecutive success.
Eddie Redmayne on screen
Eddie Redmayne on screen
1/9 The Theory of Everything
Redmayne won a Best Actor gong at the Oscars 2015 for his portrayal of famed physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.
2/9 The Danish Girl
Redmayne plays transgender artist Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl, a fictionalised account of one of the first men to undergo gender assignment surgery in 1930.
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3/9 Savage Grace
Eddie Redmayne as Antony Baekeland in Savage Grace - a 2007 film starring Julianne Moore about the allegedly incestuous relationship between a socialite and her son.
4/9 Black Death
Eddie Redmayne as the conflicted young monk Osmund in 2010 bubonic plague horror movie Black Death.
5/9 Les Miserables
Redmayne starring as Cosette's young rebel lover Marius in Les Miserables alongside Amanda Seyfried.
6/9 Jupiter Ascending
Redmayne as the villainous Balem Abrasax in the widely-planned Jupiter Ascending - the role that many feared would jeopardise his Oscars chances.
7/9 My Week with Marilyn
Redmayne as Colin Clark in My Week with Marilyn - Sir Laurence Olivier's employee who escorts the film star around London as she makes The Prince and the Showgirl.
Redmayne starred as Stephen Wraysford in the BBC's adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong. Wraysford is an English soldier fighting in the trenches and haunted by memories of his clandestine love affair with a French woman.
9/9 Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Eddie Redmayne as Angel Clare in the 2008 TV mini-series of Thomas Hardy classic, Tess of the D'Urbervilles.
Lucinda Coxon has written the script, which director Tom Hooper first read and loved while he was making 2010 Oscars hit The King’s Speech.
Billed as "an extraordinary love story about finding your true self", The Danish Girl is due for UK release on 1 January 2016.Reuse content