Born in Denmark in 1882 as Einar Wegener, Elbe underwent one of the first sex reassignment surgery operations after living as a woman for a number of years. The film will co-star Matthias Schoenaerts, Alicia Vikander and Amber Heard.
Redmayne won the 2010 Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in Red. Among his stage roles since then, he played the title role in a U.K production of Richard II.
Here is the newly released trailer for the film: