Scarlett Johansson has exited an upcoming film project after backlash over her casting as a transgender man.
She was set to play Dante “Tex” Gill in "Rub & Tug". The film is a biopic of Gill, the late proprietor of a massage parlor and prostitution business in Pittsburgh.
After taking the role, ScarJo was immediately slammed with a bunch of criticism from the transgender community; they thought the casting was insensitive. Most felt the role should’ve been given to a real-life trans actor, plus her public identification as a woman would inevitably undercut the movie’s characterization of "Tex" as a man.
Scarlett said: “While I would have loved the opportunity to bring Dante’s story and transition to life, I understand why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person, and I am thankful thatthis casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film.”