Eddie Redmayne stars as transgender pioneer in ‘The Danish Girl’ trailer – watch

Oscar-winning actor plays one of the first known recipients of gender reassignment surgery

The first trailer for The Danish Girl starring Eddie Redmayne has been released.

Redmayne stars as Lili Elbe, a Danish artist who in 1930 became one of the first known recipients of gender reassignment surgery. The film is based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by David Ebershoff, published in 2000, which offered a fictionalised account of Elbe’s life.

Alicia Vikander co-stars as Gerda Wegener, who married Elbe before she underwent gender reassignment surgery, and the film’s supporting cast includes Ben Whishaw, Matthias Schoenaerts and Amber Heard.

Redmayne, who won this year’s Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything, is already considered a leading contender for next year’s Best Actor prize for his performance as the transgender pioneer.

Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) directs from a screenplay by Lucinda Coxon, whose previous credits include the BBC’s adaptation of The Crimson Petal And The White. The Danish Girl opens in select US theatres on November 27 before arriving in UK cinemas on New Year’s Day.