Alexandre Desplat is officially set to reunite with Tom Hooper on the upcoming drama The Danish Girl. The film stars Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Whishaw and Amber Heard. The movie is inspired by the lives of artists Einar and Gerda Wegener, 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. Hooper is also producing the Working Title Films production with Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner (Atonement, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Love Actually), Gail Mutrux (Kinsey, Donnie Brasco) for Pretty Pictures and Anne Harrison (Two Family House) for Harrison Productions. Lucinda Coxon wrote the screenplay based on the novel of the same name by David Ebershoff. Desplat has previously collaborated with Hooper (Les Miserables) on 2010’s The King’s Speech, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. The Danish Girl will be released in New York and Los Angeles on November 27, 2015 by Focus Features before expanding nationwide over the following weeks.
Desplat also has the drama The Light Between Oceans coming up. The film is written and directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines) and stars Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz. The movie is based on the M.L. Stedman novel of the same title and takes place on a remote Australian island in the years following World War I, where a lighthouse keeper and his wife are faced with a moral dilemma when a boat washes ashore with a dead man and a 2-month-old infant. David Heyman (Harry Potter series, Gravity, Paddington) and Jeffrey Clifford (Up in the Air) are producing the project. The DreamWorks production is expected to premiere later this year.
As previously reported, the composer also scored the drama Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter, which will be released on October 23, 2015 by Focus Features. Desplat also composed the music for Mateo Garrone’s Tale of Tales and the French drama Don’t Tell Me the Boy Was Mad, which just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Also coming up for the composer is Gareth Edward’s Star Wars spin-off Rogue One.