Eddie Redmayne plays transgender Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl

Eddie Redmayne has revealed that he finds Caitlyn Jenner to be a truly inspirational individual.

The handsome actor developed an interest in the former Olympic athlete's story after being cast as a transgender woman in upcoming film The Danish Girl. 

Fans will see Eddie play Lili Elbe in the movie, a successful artist who was one of the first known recipients of sexual reassignment surgery. 

'I was in New York when the Vanity Fair cover came out, and I was reading the New York Times and all of the op-ed pieces that were being written about it,' Eddie explained. 

'The dialogue was so rich and full, with everyone having opinions. Then I came back and saw the trailer for the film.'

It's clear that Eddie - who was propelled to global fame with his Oscar-winning portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory Of Everything - has a lot of respect for Caitlyn for undergoing her transformation in the public eye. 

'I absolutely salute her courage. Hers is a very specific story, and it’s one that shouldn’t stand for everybody’s. But it is amazing what she’s gone through and how she’s done it.'

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Although he's an undoubtedly an extremely talented actor, Eddie, 33, is happy to admit that taking on such a role was a daunting task. 

'I felt like, I’m being given this extraordinary experience of being able to play this woman, but with that comes this responsibility of not only educating myself but hopefully using that to educate [an audience].

'Gosh, it’s delicate. And complicated,' he told Out magazine. 

Speaking of his own education, Eddie added: 'My greatest ignorance when I started was that gender and sexuality were related.

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'And that’s one of the key things I want to hammer home to the world: You can be gay or straight, trans man or woman, and those two things are not necessarily aligned.'