Tom Hooper-Eddie Redmayne drama 'The Danish Girl' gets fall release

Oscar bait alert: Tom Hooper and Eddie Redmayne's transgender drama 'The Danish Girl' will open Nov. 27

Director Tom Hooper and actor Eddie Redmayne's drama "The Danish Girl" has pulled up a seat at the Thanksgiving table.

The film will open Nov. 27 over the holiday weekend, Focus Features and Working Title announced Wednesday, staking an early claim in next year's Oscar race.

Based on the novel by David Ebershoff and adapted for the screen by Lucinda Coxon, "The Danish Girl" tells the story of artists Einar and Gerda Wegener (Redmayne and Alicia Vikander), whose personal and professional lives were upended when Einar set out to become one of the world's first transgender women, Lili Elbe.

The cast also includes Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Whishaw and Amber Heard.

For Redmayne, "The Danish Girl" offers another opportunity for a physically transformative performance (see photo above), after his recent Oscar-winning turn as physicist Stephen Hawking, who has ALS, in "The Theory of Everything."

The film will also reunite him with Hooper, his director on "Les Miserables." Hooper is a fellow Oscar winner, claiming the directing prize for "The King's Speech" in 2011.

"The Danish Girl" will first open in New York and Los Angeles, presumably expanding in the following weeks.

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