updated 11/10/2008 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 11/10/2008 AT 10:05 AM ET
Kidman will star in and produce The Danish Girl, based on a 2000 best-selling novel about real-life Danish artists – and husband and wife – Einar and Greta Wegener, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
In the 1920s, the male Einar (to be played by Kidman) posed as a woman for his painter wife Greta (to be played by Theron).
The finished portraits became all the rage in Copenhagen, which prompted Greta to encourage Einar to dress as a woman.
By 1931, however, the husband took his role another step and underwent a landmark sex-change operation that had repercussions not only in their home but also around the world.
The independently produced film is now in pre-production, says the trade paper. In the meantime, a biopic is also in the works with Kidman set to play the late British singer Dusty Springfield (“The Windmills of Your Mind”), who enjoyed affairs with both men and women.
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