‘The Danish Girl’: Tom Hooper Addresses Eddie Redmayne’s Casting Backlash

     December 1, 2015


Back when director Tom Hooper first read and fell for Lucinda Coxon‘s script for The Danish Girl, it was considered a hard film to finance, but now it’s as timely as ever. The movie is based on the David Ebershoff book of the same name and covers what happens when married landscape painter Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) puts on a dress and poses for his wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander), who’s also an artist, and comes to the realization that Lili, not Einar, is her truest self.

A few weeks back I got the opportunity to sit down with Hooper to talk about his experience making the film. We discussed how the public perception of the topic affected the movie, what went through his mind when some took issue with Redmayne’s casting and about his collaboration with composer Alexandre Desplat. Check it all out in the video interview below and, in case you missed it, click here for my full chat with Redmayne.

The Danish Girl also stars Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch, Amber Heard and Matthias Schoenaerts. It’s playing in select theaters now and expands in December.


Here’s the official synopsis for The Danish Girl:

The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener (portrayed by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne [“The Theory of Everything”] and Alicia Vikander [“Ex Machina”]), directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech,” “Les Misérables”). Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.


Image via Focus Features


Image via Focus Features


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