Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl will shoot in Denmark
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
- The Copenhagen Film Fund has landed its first large-scale international project: Tom Hooper will film in Copenhagen with Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander
Later this month, the production of Oscar-winning British director Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl [+see also:
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The Danish Girl reunites Hooper and Redmayne, the latter having received this year’s Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his performance in UK director James Marsh’s The Theory Of Everything [+see also:
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Redmayne stars as Danish artist Einar Mogens Wegener, who became one of the world’s first transgender women, Lili Elbe, after sex reassignment surgery in Germany in 1930. She died the following year, shortly after her fifth operation, which aimed to give her a uterus transplant so that she could become a mother. The film follows her marriage to and life with artist Gerda Wegener, whom she met at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen – Gerda Wegener used Elbe as a model for her female portraits.
“The Danish Girl is an amazing film project, and we are very happy that the movie is now being shot partly in inner Copenhagen, where Wegener actually lived,” said Thomas Gammeltoft, managing director of the Copenhagen Film Fund. The Working Title (UK) production is staged by Gail Mutrux (Pretty Pictures), Anne Harrison (Harrison Productions), Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Hooper himself.
Adapted by British scriptwriter Lucinda Coxon from US author David Ebershoff’s novel, the film will be released in the US on 27 November by Focus Features; Universal Pictures International handles international distribution.