Rachel Weisz has reportedly joined Nicole Kidman in the cast of the upcoming sex-change drama, The Danish Girl.
The Danish Girl is based on a novel of the same name by David Ebershoff, which was published back in 2000. Set in 1920s Copenhagen, it tells the story of Lili Elbe – the first person to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Artist Gerda Wegener asks her husband Einar Wegener to stand in for a female model, and when the paintings prove popular, she continues to use him as something of a muse. However, their marriage becomes strained when her husband begins to lament his life as a man, opting to become a woman – Lili Elbe – permanently. She thus becomes the first person to go under the knife in order to cross the gender divide.
Back in 2009, Let The Right One In director, Tomas Alfredson, was on board to make the film, which looked set to star Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman as Wegener and Elbe respectively. However, he was forced to drop out in order to direct Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, starring Colin Firth and Tom Hardy.
Theron also then announced her departure from the project, and was replaced by Gwyneth Paltrow. However, Paltrow was reported to have dropped the film after changes were made to filming locations.
Other actresses who have since been rumoured to be playing the part of Wegener include Uma Thurman and Marion Cotillard. Now, however, it seems that Weisz is attached to the role – whilst the transgendered lead will still be played by Kidman.
A new director has also been found in the form of Lasse Hallström – the man behind films such as Chocolat, Casanova and Dear John. The Swedish filmmaker is also currently finishing up on Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, starring Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor and Kristin Scott Thomas.
The Danish Girl is due to begin filming this summer – let’s hope this project doesn’t suffer any further hold-ups!