Eddie Redmayne is transgender artist Lili Elbe in official trailer for The Danish Girl

Several months since landing the Best Actor Oscar for his magnificent portrayal of Stephen Hawking, Eddie Redmayne is looking to follow in the footsteps of Tom Hanks by retaining his accolade at next year’s ceremony.

The Les Miserables and The Theory of Everything star is tackling an even riskier role in his next film as he undergoes a new look for the upcoming biopic drama The Danish Girl.

Cited as an early award contender, the film has premiered its official trailer online.

Directed by Oscar-winner Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Miserables) and set in the late 1920s, the film sees Redmayne play Einar Wegener, an artist who agreed to pose as a woman in a painting done by his wife Gerda. But after becoming comfortable in female clothing, he would become one of the first people to undergo a transgender operation which would allow him to become Lili. However his transformation would ultimately complicate his marriage to Gerda.

The powerful-looking film features a solid support cast including the busy Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E) as Gerda as well as Amber Heard (Pineapple Express, The Rum Diary), Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone, Suite Francaise) and Ben Whishaw (Skyfall, Paddington).

The Danish Girl will be released in the UK on New Year’s Day 2016.

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