Magazine article Screen International

Tom Hooper Reveals Why He Cast Eddie Redmayne in 'The Danish Girl'

Magazine article Screen International

Tom Hooper Reveals Why He Cast Eddie Redmayne in 'The Danish Girl'

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Eddie Redmayne's 'gender fluidity' helped convince director Tom Hooper to cast him as transgender pioneer Lili Elbe in upcoming drama The Danish Girl, the director has revealed to Screen.

In his first interview about the anticipated Venice-bound drama, produced by Working Title, Oscar-winner Hooper described why he cast Redmayne as 1920's artist and transgender woman Elbe, one of the first known recipients of sex reassignment surgery.

"Eddie was really the person I wanted to make the film with, and I was very passionate about that," the director said of his Les Miserables collaborator, who won this year's Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything.

"I was a great believer in him as an actor. I think also there's a certain gender fluidity that I sensed in him, that I found intriguing and it led me to think he might be a really interesting person to cast in this role."

"I felt that there was something in him that was drawn to the feminine," said Hooper. "That was something that I felt he might be interested to explore further."

The casting of Redmayne has generated intrigue but also controversy with some questioning why a trans actor wasn't cast in the role. …

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