There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the upcoming release of The Danish Girl starring Eddie Redmayne as the first person to undergo male to female reassignment surgery. Based on a true story, Gerda Wegener painted her husband Einar as a woman. The painting became popular so he dressed as a woman named Lili. As Einar starts to identify as Lili, she and Gerda must navigate their marriage while Lili becomes a groundbreaker for the transgender community.
Last year at the 2015 Academy Awards, Redmayne won Best Actor for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. His transformation into the disabled physicist got him the top award beating out Michael Keaton (Birdman), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), and Bradley Cooper (American Sniper).
Redmayne seemed to have good luck with the transformation role the first time so perhaps this will lead to his next gold statuette. Only a select few have won back to back Oscars. Tom Hanks and Spencer Tracy are the only men who have won Best Actor two years in a row.
But some people, especially those in the LGBTQ community are upset that a transgender actor wasn't chosen to play a role that is so important to their history. Some might choose to comment on how Hollywood allows no room for those that do not fit the traditional mold that has been in place for so long. Others might comment on how Redmayne is a phenomenal actor that can pull off this kind of role and do it well so that it is already getting him attention for award season. It is a toss up to decide which should be done and the debate will probably never reach an end. But during production, Redmayne received guidance from Lana Wachowski, the transgender writer/producer/director whom he met on the set of Jupiter Ascending. She, along with her brother, are the minds behind The Matrix trilogy among many other blockbusters.
The Danish Girl has already drawn praise at both the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. It is set to open in theaters November 27. Only time will tell how the general public will respond to the film and who the other contenders will be in the race for Best Actor. However it seems to be that The Danish Girl is sure to be a hit and Redmayne will definitely give the other actors a run for their money.