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Nicole Kidman needs a wife

David Erbershoff‘s novel, The Danish Girl (2000), is being adapted to film.  The author’s first novel tells the story of Lilie Elbe, the world’s first trans woman.


Lilie was born Einar Mogens Wegener in Denmark in 1886 (according to Erbershoff’s book). He married Gerda Gottlieb and the two worked as artists.  It is believed Einar realized his affinity for women’s clothing when he dressed as a woman for Gerda’s portraits.  Gerda’s paintings became quite famous and so did Einer when it was revealed he had been the female model in her work.  From that point on Einer went to public functions in women’s dress and eventually became the man to have sex reassignment surgery in the world.


Nicole Kidman is set to play Einer/Lili and Charlize Theron was set to play Gerda but dropped out of the role for unknown reasons. Gwyneth Platrow briefly replaced her only to drop out of the role as well. No word on who replace her.

The film has also switched directors once.  It was being directed by Tomas Alfredson (Let The Right One In) but he has now been replaced by Lasse Hallstrom (My Life As a Dog) .

I say give Tilda Swinton both roles and be done with it.

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