Director of The Danish Girl Reveals Why Eddie Redmayne Was Chosen Over Trans Actor

The Danish Girl, which tells the store of transgender and intersex pioneer Lili Elbe, has received some criticism for casting Eddie Redmayne over a transgender actor.

Now, Tom Hooper, who is directing this but probably best known for Les Miserables, has discussed why he chose Eddie to play Lili.

When speaking to Screen Daily, he had this to say: “Eddie was really the person I wanted to make the film with, and I was very passionate about that. I think also there’s a certain gender fluidity that I sensed in him, that I found intriguing and it led me to think he might be a really interesting person to cast in this role. I felt that there was something in him that was drawn to the feminine. That was something that I felt he might be interested to explore further.”

“I think there’s a tremendous pool of talented trans actors out there, and I think there’s probably a journey to go on to make sure that talented trans actors have the same access to opportunities both in front of and behind the character as cisgendered actors. I hope we’re at the beginning of a revolution that will improve access for trans actors and trans filmmakers — but there’s a long way to go.”

If you haven’t seen it yet, you can watch the trailer for The Danish Girl below.