Wendy Mitchell
September 15, 2009 AT 08:01 AM EDT

Tomas Alfredson, the director of critically acclaimed Swedish vampire story Let the Right One In, will now direct Nicole Kidman in The Danish Girl, Variety reports. Lucinda Coxon adapted the script from David Ebershoff’s novel about a Danish painter who, in 1931, became the first person to go through a sex-change operation to become a woman. Kidman plays the painter, but Charlize Theron, who had been attached to play the painter’s wife Gerda, has now left the project.

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