Saturday, November 07, 2009

The Danish Girl - Update 1

The news are out and the new actress playing Nicole Kidman's wife is none other than Gwyneth Paltrow.

Here is the announcement that if you want to read it at the original site go here.

"Gwyneth Paltrow will join Nicole Kidman in “The Danish Girl,” an adaptation of the David Ebershoff novel that tells the story of a relationship between the first post-operative transsexual, Einar Wegener, and his wife Greta.

Thomas Alfredson (“Let the Right One In”) is directing a script by Lucinda Coxon. Gail Mutrux, Anne Harrison and Linda Reisman are producing, along with Kidman and Per Saari.

One afternoon in 1920s Copenhagen, Greta, a portrait painter, asked her husband to stand in for an absent female model. Slipping on a dress, stockings and woman’s shoes began a metamorphosis into Lili. When the photos became wildly popular, Greta encouraged her husband to do more, but a harmless game evolved into something deeper that threatens their marriage.

Kidman had already been attached to play Einar, and Paltrow will play Greta, who stood by her partner through the sex-change operation, finally letting go when she realized the man she married no longer exists."

I don't know about you readers, but I enjoy Paltrow in the screen. I'm curious to find how the two will look together, as I think they resemble each other.

--end of Update 1--

There are good news and bad news about the project.

The bad: Charlize Theron quit the project.

The Excellent News: Tomas Alfredson, who made Swedish vampire film Let The Right One In, will adapt David Ebershoff's novel for the big screen.

The film will be released by the end of 2010.

-end of update-

Since yesterday that I saw the news on TV I was speechless and today the news are spread allover the net so, why not include them also in this blog? Unfortunately serious and reliable resources are not carrying the news, so I have to use “unreliable” sources that sometimes publish more gossip than facts.

Anyway the news is that Nicole Kidman is co producing and starring in this film along with none other than Charlize Theron. The movie is based on the true story set in early last century of Danish artists Einar (Kidman) and Greta Wegener (Theron), that when Einar had a successful sex change surgery and became a woman (Lili Elbe) the king of Denmark annulled their marriage, as two women cannot be married. Yes Nicole Kidman plays a man that becomes a woman and he/she is married to Charlize Theron!!!

Then Einar in his female guise “Lili” often posed for his wife paints and illustrations and for me the best part is to learn that Gerda Wegener was a renowned painter and while living in Paris did illustrations for Vogue, La Vie Parisienne, and many other magazines; also among the books she illustrated we find none other than "Une Aventure d'Amour a Venice'' by Giacomo Casanova! But more interesting was to find that she has many lesbian erotic art watercolors that if you wish you can check some here. She’s recognized as one of the leading Art Deco artists of the early twentieth century.

The story of Einar/Lili is quite interesting and perhaps the best site I found to read about it is here that details his transformation in a very clinical way, as well as gives details of his/her life.

Well, all the above is about the real life story of both artists, but the movie is a fictional and novelized recount of their story based on the book "The Danish Girl" by David Ebershoff. So, with all the information I shared with you all I didn’t spoiled the movie as the book is described as dealing more with “the mysterious and ineffable nature of love”.

According to The Hollywood Reporter the movie is in pre-production and hopefully they'll film and release it very fast, as not only the casting is more than superb, but the story can be very interesting and absolutely a must be seen.

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