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Hot on the heels of Eddie Redmayne’s Oscar win for his role as Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” Working Title Films has released the first image of the actor playing a lesser-known pioneer.
Redmayne portrays Danish artist Einar Wegener, later known as Lili Elbe — one of the first people to undergo a sex-change operation — in “The Danish Girl.”
Redmayne told the Daily Mail that he worked with his “Theory of Everything” movement director Alexandra Reynolds to prepare for the role, “observing the minutiae of feminine physicality.”
“We’re looking at everything from a feminine perspective, »
- Maane Khatchatourian
I know, I know... it's early in the year and the Oscars just ended and Oh my God what are you doingc Yet, the wheels keep turning and I like to be ahead of the game rather than playing catch up at the end of the year so I'm trying to make sure the database is locked and loaded for Oscar 2016 and I just got done adding a few contenders, contenders such as... Luca Guadagnino's A Bigger Splash, which Fox Searchlight just acquired for distribution starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson and Aurore Clement. The pic centers on a high profile couple, a famous rock star and a filmmaker (Schoenaerts and Swinton), vacationing and recovering on the idyllic sun-drenched and remote Italian island of Pantelleria are disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend and his daughter (Fiennes and Johnson) - creating a whirlwind of jealousy, »
- Brad Brevet
There’s no rest for an Oscar winner.
Less than a week after taking home the Best Actor trophy at Sunday’s Academy Awards for his role in The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne is back on set of The Danish Girl, looking very un-like himself.
Redmayne stars as Danish-born Einar Wegener, one of the very person people known to have undergone gender reassignment surgery. Born male, Wegener travelled to Germany and began gender surgery to become the artist known as Lili Elbe as early as 1930. But the film looks at more than just Wegener’s transformation to that of a woman- it is a story of his marriage to Gerda (played by Alicia Vikander) in an intimate look at what it means to have the person you love desperately seek a dramatic change.
Redmayne seems poised to earn his second Best Actor nod with his role in the film »
- Rachel West
Michael Keaton should just take the year off. No matter how good the Birdman star is in this fall’s Boston Globe drama Spotlight, next year’s Best Actor Oscar could quite possibly be Eddie Redmayne’s for the taking once again. The first image from Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl, which stars the Theory of Everything actor (who last partnered with Hooper on Les Misérables) as a transgender pioneer, has surfaced online, finding Redmayne looking radiant as always.
Redmayne stars in the pic as Einer Wegener, who would later rename herself Lili Elbe, one of the first men to undergo a sex reassignment surgery. Adapting David Ebershoff’s novel, The Danish Girl specifically looks at the complicated relationship between Elbe and her wife Greta (Alicia Vikander), who became a famed artist for painting Elbe in drag.
The project has been a hot commodity for years, with such respected »
- Isaac Feldberg
Eddie Redmayne’s stellar, Oscar-winning performance as the great Stephen Hawking for The Theory of Everything may have been somewhat undermined by his role in the Wachowski’s derided Jupiter Ascending, but it appears the English talent is setting his sights on more meaty roles. Case in point: his involvement in Tom Hooper’s drama, The Danish Girl.
For the part, Redmayne will step into the shoes of Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe, a transgender painter who remains to this day one of the first patients to undergo the sexual reassessment treatment circa 1920. Speaking to The Daily Mail, the actor touched upon how he approached the challenging, physically demanding role, which may go down as one of the “most sensitive” Redmayne has ever portrayed.
We’re looking at everything from a feminine perspective. I think it’s the most sensitive role I have played. The danger of surgery was so extreme then. »
- Michael Briers
Recovering from the shrapnel left by the huge Warner Bros. bomb Jupiter Ascending, Eddie Redmayne went onto win a Best Actor Oscar for his portray of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything this past weekend. He will follow-up that award-winning turn with another true-life take on an important moment in history. And now, we have our first look at the leading man as he becomes a woman for The Danish Girl.
In The Danish Girl, Eddie Redmayne will play artist Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe, who was one of the first people to ever undergo sexual reassignment surgery. Speaking with Daily Mail, the actor explained that he has been working on his movement performance since January by "observing the minutiae of feminine physicality". His hope is to accurately portray Elbe in his performance. The actor has also reached out to the trans community, and states:
"We're looking at everything from a feminine perspective. »
Eddie Redmayne has what may be the first of many Oscars on his mantle after winning the statue for his performance in The Theory of Everything, but only time will tell if this will become a trend for the young actor. Then again, it looks like he is already primed for at least another nomination as he stars in The Danish Girl for Oscar winning director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) and just above is the first picture of the actor in character. Redmayne takes on the role of Einar Wegener, a Danish artist who became the first ever sex-change patient. The film tells of Einar and Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander) and how their marriage took a sharp left turn after Einar stood in for a female model that Gerda was set to paint. This film has seen plenty of changes over the years with Tomas Alfredson (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, »
- Brad Brevet
Oscar winner Redmayne is filming what already sounds like a tailor-made Oscar role in "Les Mis" and "The King's Speech" director Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl" slated for 2016. Redmayne plays 1900s trans pioneer Einar Wegener, an artist who in the 1930s became Lili Elbe after receiving one of the first known gender-reassignment surgeries. With the Hooper namesake and an international cast including Belgian babe Matthias Schoenaerts and American actress Amber Heard, "Danish Girl" could be Redmayne's next awards vehicle. Based on the 2001 novel by David Ebershoff, the Lucinda Coxon-sripted drama follows the love story between Elbe and wife Gerda Gottlieb. Anne Harrison and Gail Mutrux developed the project and are producing via their Harrison Productions and Pretty Pictures. Working Title’s Working Title partners Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce with Hooper. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Whether or not you think that Michael Keaton deserved the Best Actor Oscar for "Birdman," there's no denying that winner Eddie Redmayne virtually transformed into Stephen Hawking for his performance in "The Theory Of Everything." What's more, Academy voters might like what the actor is doing next in "The Danish Girl." A first look from "The King's Speech" and "Les Miserables" director Tom Hooper's next movie has arrived. Based on the novel by David Ebershoff and penned by Lucinda Coxon (Guillermo Del Toro's upcoming "Crimson Peak"), the film chronicles the first-ever sex-change patient, Einar Wegener, a Danish artist whose love affair with his wife —fellow Danish artist Gerda Wegener— set him on the path to an eventual male-to-female operation. The cast is rounded out by Matthias Schoenaerts, Alicia Vikander and Amber Heard, but it's Redmayne's work that is already »
- Kevin Jagernauth
It took a long time to get off the ground, but the big screen adaptation of David Ebershoff's novel "The Danish Girl" is finally in production. The fictionalized account Lili Elbe's life features Eddie Redmanye in the title role and reunites him with his "Les Miserables" director Tom Hooper. The first image of this year's Best Actor winner as Elbe has now been revealed. Elbe is known as being one of the first people to have sexual reassignment surgery (or at least have it publicly revealed). The movie centers on her relationship with her wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander) and how her transition affected their lives. The project has been in the works for years with Tomas Alfredson and Lasse Hallström both attached to direct at one time and Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard and Charlize Theron all potentially on board to play Elbe. The film also features Amber Heard and »
- Gregory Ellwood
If niche movies are your forte, then you’re in for a treat with Alan Rickman’s second directorial effort, A Little Chaos. At a glance it’s a period piece about gardening. Delve a little deeper and it possesses all of the pre-requisites for a successful time-gone-by movie: a corseted Kate Winslet.
As feisty landscape designer, Sabine, Winslet is enlisted to craft a new garden for King Louis Xiv.s new palace at Versailles. At first she ruffles the feathers of the court’s pre-existing landscaper, André Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts), who demands she conjure up stuffy, pedestrian designs. Naturally their initial locked horns turn to locked lips as their workplace relationship evolves into a romantic entanglement.
- Gem Seddon
Alan Rickman directs and stars in A Little Chaos with Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Stanley Tucci and Jennifer Ehle. Rickman also co-wrote the story with Alison Deegan and Jeremy Brock. Winslet plays Madame Sabine De Barra, an unlikely candidate for landscape architect of the still‐to-be-completed Palace of Versailles. She has little time for the classical, ordered designs of the man who hires her, the famous architect Le Nôtre (Schoenaerts). However, as she works… »
Focus Features snapped up North American rights to actor-turned-director Alan Rickman's "A Little Chaos" at Tiff. This romantic drama stars Winslet as a steely landscape designer who breaks sexual and class barriers when she's chosen to build one of King Louis Xiv's gardens at the new Versailles. Sabine also finds herself entangled romantically with renowned landscape architect Andre Le Notre (Matthias Schoenaerts). Costarring Jennifer Ehle and Stanley Tucci, "Chaos" suffered middling reviews at Toronto but still looks intriguingly whimsical, and Winslet is always watchable. Financed by Lionsgate UK and penned by Alison Deegan, Jeremy Brock and Rickman, the period romance will have its stateside premiere on March 27, 2015. What this does reveal is that the new Focus under Peter Schlessel wants to stay in the business of releasing this sort of higher brow material. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Talcy of wig and heaving of bosom, A Little Chaos promises to dust our Aprils with a liberal helping of period splendour. Alan Rickman’s second directorial effort – the first was The Winter Guest back in 1997 – is set in and around the uncompleted Palace of Versailles during the reign of Louis Xiv. You can immerse yourself in all its detailing and courtly ways with this new trailer for the film. Lending her heavyweight thespian gifts is Kate Winslet as Madame Sabine De Barra. She’s in contention to become landscape architect of the new palace but finds herself butting heads with her employer, preeminent architect Le Nôtre (Matthias Schoenaerts), whose favour she risks shedding as she takes against his love of convention. Privet hedges are out, mate. It’s all about the manicured rose bush. “The film is about what it is to be a woman who cannot have a »
Based on Thomas Hardy’s 1874 novel of the same name, Far From The Madding Crown tells the story of Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) who becomes an independently wealthy woman after unexpectedly inheriting her uncle’s large farming estate. Piqued by the perceived slights from shepherd Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts) and wealthy farmer William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), the prideful and haughty Bathsheba decides to toy with their affections until she meets and becomes infatuated with the dashing soldier Sergeant Francis ‘Frank’ Troy (Tom Sturridge). Noticing Bathsheba’s interest in Troy, Oak attempts to discourage her affections as Boldwood becomes more increasingly aggressive towards his rival. Ignoring Oak’s advice, Bathsheba soon thereafter makes a number of decisions that sends them all »
- Sacha Hall
Sometimes ideas that are good on paper just don't work out in execution. Case in point: "Suite Française." A World War II drama/romance starring Michelle Williams and Matthias Schoenaerts sounds awesome, but the movie from director Saul Dibb ("The Duchess") quietly premiered for industry types at the American Film Market and is now being released internationally while it still awaits a stateside date from The Weinstein Company. Call it what you like, but it looks like the studio is feeling less hopeful about the film's prospects. A new dubbed, French trailer (via Michelle Williams Online) has arrived for the film, offering a glimpse at some new scenes along with UK TV spot. Co-starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Sam Riley, Ruth Wilson, Margot Robbie ("The Wolf of Wall Street"), Alexandra Maria Lara, Tom Schilling, Eileen Atkins, Lambert Wilson, and featuring a score by Alexandre »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Weinstein Company's World War II film The Imitation Game managed to pick up an Oscar for adapted screenplay at last night's ceremony. This year, they have Woman in Gold coming out in May, which has WW2 elements, and Suite Fran?aise coming out at some point later this year. My guess is they are going to vying for a late release, hoping to be apart of next year's award season. For those in the UK, the film opens on March 13th. I am not terribly excited to see yet another World War II-set film, but when a cast includes Michelle Williams, Kristin Scott Thomas, Matthias Schoenaerts, Margot Robbie, and Ruth Wilson, it is hard not to get my expectations high. The film is directed by Saul Dibb, whose last film was The Duchess. I know a lot of people thought it was just a rote costume drama, but I enjoyed it quite a lot, »
- Mike Shutt
Fox Searchlight folks have brought out their swim gear and might be getting ready for a Cannes Film Festival splash with Luca Guadagnino’s highly anticipated English language debut. Among our most anticipated foreign film productions (ranked #19) for the upcoming ’15 campaign, A Bigger Splash stars Ralph Fiennes, Matthias Schoenaerts, Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton (who reunites with the Italian filmmaker on their fourth project – it began with The Protagonists (1999), 35 min Tilda Swinton: The Love Factory (2002), and his career best item, 2009′s I Am Love. Fox Searchlight will surely look at a festival launchpad for this art-house item.
Gist: Written by David Kajganich and based on Jacques Deray’s La Piscine, this is about the lives of a high profile couple, a famous rock star and a filmmaker (Matthias Schoenaerts and Tilda Swinton), vacationing and recovering on the idyllic sun-drenched and remote Italian island of Pantelleria are disrupted by the unexpected »
- Eric Lavallee
Fox Searchlight's amazing run doesn't appear as though it will be ending anytime soon. The mini-major may be on the verge of going back-to-back with Best Picture winners if "Birdman" takes it on Sunday, after already ending 2014 with hits "The Grand Budapest Hotel" (also nine Oscar nominations), "Wild," "Belle" and "The Drop." Searchlight also left Sundance in January with two of the most buzzed-about titles, Grand Jury and Audience Award winner "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" and potential awards season player "Brooklyn." Today, the distributor announced they had acquired U.S. rights to Luca Guadagnino's "A Bigger Splash." Guadagnino is best known for 2009's critically acclaimed drama "I Am Love," and "Splash" reunites him with that film's star, Tilda Swinton. "Splash" also features a reunion of "Budapest" co-stars Swinton and Ralph Fiennes. Searchlight may have also jumped on securing only domestic rights for the thriller (not ideal »
- Gregory Ellwood
David Kajganich wrote the screenplay about tensions that arise on an Italian island when a vacationing rock star and his film-maker partner receive an unexpected visit from an old friend and his daughter.
Studiocanal fully financed the thriller, handles international sales and will distribute directly in France, the UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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