Eddie Redmayne was offered the lead role in 'The Danish Girl' whilst still filming for 'Les Miserables'.
Tom Hooper, the director of the 2015 film, which stars Eddie as Lili Elbe, the first person to undergo full gender reassignment surgery, has revealed he passed the script over when they were filming poignant scenes for the 2012 musical movie.
He shared: "Eddie's very emotionally connected, which is exciting and it was on the barricades of 'Les Miserables' I handed him the script in a brown paper envelope and said, 'Please read this, I would love you to do it.'
"He came back the next morning and said, 'I am in love with this script like you were, let's do it.'"
And Tom admits it was a "risky" film to make but is glad there is now a "popular acceptance of trans stories".
Speaking at the premiere of the movie, he added: "At that time it was considered a hard film to make, maybe risky, a difficult film to finance.
"But to see how it has been embraced shows how far we have come as a culture, there's been a great shift in terms of the popular acceptance of trans stories and the interest in trans stories and that's fantastic."