Eddie Redmayne On Star Wars, Fantastic Beasts,Danish Girl – Ally Williams chats with the Best Actor Oscar Winner, about Hollywood Parties, Christmas plans, Harry Potter & more. THE DANISH GIRL is now playing in theatres nationwide.
THE DANISH GIRL, directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper and release by FOCUS FEATURES, is the remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Einar and Gerda Wegener (being portrayed, respectively, by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander), whose marriage and work are cast into the unknown when Einar begins a groundbreaking journey to become one of the world’s first transgender women, Lili Elbe. THE DANISH GIRL, starring Eddie Redmayne, has been adapted into a screenplay by BAFTA Award nominee Lucinda Coxon, based on the novel of the same name by David Ebershoff. The film’s cast also includes Matthias Schoenaerts (The Drop), Ben Whishaw (Skyfall), and Amber Heard (The Rum Diary).
For his portrayal of the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in Working Title Films and Focus Features’ The Theory of Everything, Eddie Redmayne received the Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, BAFTA Award, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. The movie, directed by James Marsh, was nominated for five additional Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress (Felicity Jones), among many other honors worldwide.
Mr. Redmayne was in 2012 nominated for BAFTA’s Rising Star Award for his continuing body of work. Subsequently, he shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with his fellow actors from The Danish Girl director Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The Working Title movie was nominated for eight Academy Awards including Best Picture, winning three; and won three Golden Globe Awards including Best Picture. For his performance as Marius, Mr. Redmayne was nominated for an Evening Standard British Film Award and an MTV Movie Award.
He has starred in several other films, including Simon Curtis’ My Week with Marilyn, starring as the “my” part of the story as Colin Clark opposite Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe; Tom Kalin’s Savage Grace, opposite Julianne Moore; Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth: The Golden Age, also for Working Title, opposite Cate Blanchett as Queen Elizabeth I; Gregory Read’s Like Minds, with Toni Collette and Tom Sturridge; Udayan Prasad’s The Yellow Handkerchief, opposite Kristen Stewart; Justin Chadwick’s The Other Boleyn Girl; Stephen Poliakoff’s Glorious 39; Timothy Linh Bui’s Powder Blue; Christopher Smith’s Black Death; Derick Martini’s Hick; Robert De Niro’s The Good Shepherd, as the son of the characters portrayed by Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie; and Andy and Lana Wachowski’s Jupiter Ascending.
The London native has also attracted attention on stage. For his Broadway debut starring as Ken opposite Alfred Molina as painter Mark Rothko in John Logan’s Red, directed by Michael Grandage, he won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play; the production won six Tonys overall, including Best Play. Mr. Redmayne also received a Theatre World Award and a Drama Desk Award nomination; for the production’s previous staging in London, at the Donmar Warehouse, he won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor.
His other U.K. stage work includes starring as Shakespeare’s Richard II, again directed by Michael Grandage at the Donmar Warehouse, for which he won the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award; in Christopher Shinn’sNow or Later, at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Dominic Cooke; and in Anthony Page’s Almeida Theatre staging of Edward Albee’s The Goat or Who is Sylvia? The latter production earned Mr. Redmayne the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award and the Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Newcomer.
His notable television credits include starring in the BBC miniseries Birdsong, directed by Philip Martin; Tess of the D’Urbervilles, directed by David Blair; and The Pillars of the Earth, directed by Sergio Mimica-Gezzan. His first miniseries appearance was in Elizabeth I, also his first project with The Danish Girl director Tom Hooper.
Mr. Redmayne is currently filming the eagerly awaited Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring as Newt Scamander for writer J.K. Rowling and director David Yates.