Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hooper Reteaming for 'Danish Girl'

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Actor  Eddie Redmayne and director Tom Hooper, who worked together on Les Miserables, are teaming up again on The Danish Girl.

The drama is based on the 2001 novel by David Ebershoff, which itself is based on the life of Danish painter Einar Wegener, who became the first man to undergo a sex-change operation.

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The novel focused on a love story between Wegener (who later changed his name to Lili Elbe) and his wife, Gerda Gottlieb, also a painter.  

Lucinda Coxon wrote the script.

"The Danish Girl is an extraordinary love story and a story about finding your true self," Hooper tells THR. "I first read Lucinda's script when I was making The King's Speech and I was so moved by this true story. I have wanted to make the film ever since."    

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The project has been the target of several attempts at adaptation, and has seen Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow  and Rachel Weisz circled at various times for the two parts. 

Lasse Hallstrom, Tomas Alfredson, Neil LaBute and Anand Tucker are directors previously associated with the project. 

Working Title was behind Hooper's acclaimed big-screen take on Miserables, which grossed $441 million worldwide.