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Nicole Kidman to Play Transsexual Married to Charlize Theron

Wow, this is intriguing: Nicole Kidman is set to play "the world's first post-op transsexual" in The Danish Girl, which will be based on the true story of Danish artists Einar and Greta Wegener. The Hollywood Reporter has details:

Their marriage took a sharp left turn after Einar (Kidman) stood in for an female model that Greta ([Charlize] Theron) was set to paint.

When their portraits become wildly popular in 1920s Copenhagen, Greta encouraged her husband to adopt the female guise. What began as a harmless game led Einar to a metamorphosis and landmark 1931 operation that shocked the world and threatened their love.

Kidman has often struck me as a thoughtful actress, and someone who is interested in stories of metamorphosis in general. I have faith in her ability to carry this film, though I'll be very curious to find out what Theron does with her role. I haven't been this fascinated by a film project in a long time. And, of course, this is exactly the type of transformative story that the Academy eats up with a spoon. Curiously, the director attached to the project is Anand Tucker, who has a relatively short filmography (Hilary and Jackie and Shopgirl being his only two directorial projects of note so far).

What do you make of all this?


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