Winning an Oscar for his moving portrayal of one of the world’s most famous men (Stephen Hawking), Redmayne is all set to portray a transgender in his latest movie.
Einar Wegener-later known as Lili Elbe- will be played by Eddie Redmayne in ‘The Danish Girl’.
The movie, set in the late 1920’s, is a love story about how Wegener (a painter) is persuaded by wife Gerda Waud (also an artist) to pose for her in women’s clothes. In time, Lili starts transformation into a woman.
Redmayne told the Daily Mail that he had been ‘observing the minutiae of feminine physicality’.
Redmayne further added that he had been looking at everything from a feminine perspective: how to sit, walk, pose, roll on a pair of stockings, even how to put on a pair of heels and walk in them.
Eddie called the true story of Wegener and wife Gerda a ‘study of authenticity, identity and love’.
‘I think it’s the most sensitive role I have played,’ the 33-year-old actor added.
Redmayne had spoken to members of the trans-gender community to research for his role, as sex orientation was in infancy in the 1920s and there was little notion of surgery.
‘The danger of surgery was so extreme then,’ Eddie said. ‘It’s such a brave thing that Einar did.’