Rachel Weisz is the latest name tentatively attached to Lasse Hallstrom’s sex-change-drama “The Danish Girl” reports The Playlist.
Based on the non-fiction novel by David Ebershoff, Weisz would play Greta Wegener, a portrait painter in 1920s Copenhagen who asked her husband Einar to stand in for an absent female model.
Slipping on a dress, stockings and woman’s shoes began a metamorphosis into Lili. When the photos became wildly popular, Greta encouraged her husband to do more.
The harmless game evolved into something deeper – the landmark 1931 first sex-change operation that shocked the world and threatened their marriage. Greta finally let go when she realized the man she married no longer exists.
While Nicole Kidman has been attached to play Einar/Lili for almost two years, the film has seen numerous other people come and go. Charlize Theron was previously attached to play Greta while Tomas Alfredsson (“Let The Right One In”) was set to direct, both dropped out.
Hallstrom came onboard to direct while Gwyneth Paltrow jumped in to play Greta. A few months later she exited the project. Marion Cotillard has also been rumored for the role.
The project is still sorting out financing while Hallstrom is busy finishing up “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” and prepping to shoot “The Hypnotist” later this year.