Oscar-winners Nicole Kidman 42, and Gwyneth Paltrow 37, are set to play husband and wife in “The Danish Girl”, an upcoming film about the world’s first transsexual.
They will take on the roles of artists Gerda and Einar Wegener. Einar Wegener, who will be played by Kidman, was a male artist who underwent groundbreaking surgery to become a woman in 1931 after pretending to be a female model in a series of successful portraits painted by Gerda Wegener.
The film is based on the first novel by David Ebershoff. It is a fictionalised account of the life of Lili Elbe (Einar Wegener’s female alter ego), the first person to undergo sex reassignment surgery. Numerous awards and accolades have been given to the novel which has been translated in more than ten languages.The novel is being developed for the screen by producers Gail Mutrux (“Kinsey”) and Anne Harrison (“Two Family House”).
South African actress Charlize Theron had initially been pencilled in for the role of Gerda Wegener until being replaced by Paltrow.
Kidman most recently appeared in Baz Luhrmann’s romantic epic “Australia” last year and will next be seen in the musical “Nine”. Paltrow, who scooped an Academy Award for 1998′s “Shakespeare in Love”, was last seen in 2008 romantic drama “Two Lovers”.
To find out more about Einar and Gerda Wegener, as well as the elusive Lili Elbe, go here.