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In what appears to be one of those late-career transformational roles, Nicole Kidman has signed up to play a controversial role of Einar Wegener, a male artist who underwent a painful “chopping-off” surgery to become a woman back in 1931, The Hollywood Reporter said. It was also reported that Charlize Theron is expected to play Wegener’s spouse in the film. Naturally, this sets the stage for a classic, star-powered Bastardly Scissoring Scene between Nicole Kidman & Charlize Theron, so look for this to be one of the film’s main selling points—assuming the film’s marketing/creative team is thinking along kinky, yet highly lucrative, lines.
The flick is also produced by Nicole Kidman, so she’s putting a lot on the line on this project. We have a feeling this will be one of those films which will either go straight into the box-office dumpster or possibly reward the actresses w/ Oscars.
The movie is based on an award-winning book by David Ebershoff. Here’s more info:
The Danish Girl is the name of the first novel by David Ebershoff. It is a fictionalized account of the life of Lili Elbe, the first person to undergo sex reassignment surgery. It won the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Lambda Literary Award. It was also a finalist for the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award and an American Library Association Award and was a New York Times Notable Book. [Wiki]