Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow to Play...Lovers?

Oh you read that correctly – two of our generation's most beautiful, seductive and charming actresses are now set to appear opposite one another on the big screen as a pretty unique pair of lovers. Both ladies will star in a film called The Danish Girl, which is based on David Eberschoff's novel and will be directed by Tomas Alfredson, who wowed audiences last year with his vampire flick Let the Right One In.

In The Danish Girl, Paltrow (who just signed on, replacing Charlize Theron after the actress ditched the project for unspecified reasons) will play Greta, a portrait painter in 1920s Denmark who, in need of a model, asked her husband Elnar (Kidman) to dress up in women's clothes. Elnar liked "being" a woman so much that he began living as one named Lili, who Greta would introduce as her sister. Lili would eventually become the world's first post-operative transsexual after undergoing a procedure that was extremely dangerous at the time. Eventually Greta gave up on her marriage once she saw that the man she married no longer existed.

Now, Kidman is set to play both Elnar and Lili, which is the one fact that definitely turns the most heads because it's hard to picture how Nicole Kidman is going to play a convincing man going through the process of becoming a woman. If she somehow pulls it off, I can't imagine how she wouldn't be nominated for an Oscar – which is something Kidman, who's hit a bit of a dry patch careerwise, could certainly use to help boost her back into the mainstream.

What do you think about Nicole Kidman and Gwyneth Paltrow playing a husband and wife? Do you think Kidman will be able to pull it off?

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