The film is about the first ever post-operative transgender person, Einar Wegener, and her wife, Greta, who stood by her side as she made the transition. Kidman will play Einar, and Paltrow is now set to play Gerda.
As we told you before, Charlize Theron had originally been in talks for the role of Gerda, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. I’m a fan of Gwyneth’s work, for the most part — including Shakespeare in Love where she dressed convincingly in drag, and her most recent film, Two Lovers — so I think she’ll be great in the role.
The Danish Girl is being directed by Thomas Alfredson, who was behind the amazingly dark and beautiful vampire film, Let the Right One In, and the script is from Lucinda Coxon, adapted from the 2000 novel by David Ebershoff.
Variety describes the premise as “a man’s transformation after his wife, a portrait painter, asks him to stand in for an absent female model. Einar begins a metamorphosis into Lili after he slips on a dress, stockings and woman’s shoes.”
I have no doubts Nicole Kidman will do great playing the MTF Einar/Lili. She convincingly played Virginia Woolf in The Hours, prosthetic nose and all, and so, to me, she’s always been a little queer. And with stars like these two cast in the roles, the film is sure to be seen by many. Let’s hope the topic is handled as it was in the book, which won a LAMBDA Award.
Are you psyched on the casting of Gwyneth?