See The First Photo Of Eddie Redmayne Playing Transgender Pioneer Lili Elbe

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Eddie Redmayne poses in the press room with his award for Best Actor at the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Eddie Redmayne poses in the press room with his award for Best Actor at the 87th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 22, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)

A top commodity after taking home the Oscar for playing Stephen Hawking, Eddie Redmayne is prepping another transformative role. This time he'll portray Lili Elbe, the first person to undergo a successful gender confirmation procedure.

The transgender vanguard -- now the subject of "The Danish Girl," directed by Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech," "Les Misérables") -- was assigned male at birth and named Einar Wegener. After marrying an artist and often dressing as a woman, Elbe ventured to Germany in 1930 for five experimental surgeries over the course of two years.

Slated for a 2016 release, the movie will mark Redmayne's next live-action role after "The Theory of Everything" and "Jupiter Ascending." (He also signed on to voice Thomas the Tank Engine in a new feature.) "The Danish Girl" is based on David Ebershoff's 2000 novel, which fictionalizes Elbe's story. The movie has gestated since first being announced in 2009 with Nicole Kidman reportedly attached to the lead role. Several delays prompted Kidman to drop out, and a slew of other actresses (Charlize Theron, Rachel Weisz, Gwyneth Paltrow, Marion Cotillard) were rumored or reported to be in the running for the roles of Elbe as well as Wegener's wife.

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Um, Yes Please!
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His little smirk makes the entire ensemble that much better. He knows how good he looks.
Cold Weather Ain't Got Nothing On Him
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Proof that you can be stylish and warm at the same time.
He's Literally A Walking Ad Campaign
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We'd buy anything he's wearing.
All-Over Plaid?
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Eddie can rock it.
He Knows How To Make An Entrance
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And he looks darn good doing it.
That Stare Tho
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SLAY
So Sharp! So Dapper!
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Just look at his pocket square!
There's Nothing Quite Like A Well-Fitting Suit
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Especially when paired with a smile like Eddie's.
He Goes Bold
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And totally kills it.
And Look At How Well He Complements His Wife!
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The cutest.
Work That Bowtie!
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YES, all the yes!
We Can't Even
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How is it possible to be this attractive?
Perfection In A Suit
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Pretty much.
He Travels In Style
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Eddie! Take us with you!
His Suit May Be Grey But His Style Is Anything But
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Even when his shirt matches the backdrop, he looks good.
Anything But Basic In Blue
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THOSE EYES
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Staring straight into our souls.
He Wears Monochrome Oh-So-Well
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Grey on grey on grey.
More Proof:
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So good.
He Makes Getting Out of A Car Look Effortless
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Pure class.
Look At That Swagger
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And that smile!
He Can Totally Rock The Business Casual Look
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Like a boss.
A Wool Blazer Is Always A Good Choice
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And Eddie knows it.
We're Suckers For A Bowtie
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Especially when it's on Eddie.
OMG YES
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Actor of the year, right here.

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