Scarlett Johansson has pulled out of the film Rub & Tug after her plans to painting a transgender man prompted a backlash.
In a press release to Out.com on Friday, Johansson says she’s withdrawing from the venture “in mild of current moral questions raised surrounding my casting.”
Final week, Johansson stated she would star as prostitution ring chief Dante “Tex” Gill, who was born Lois Jean Gill however recognized as a person.
When transgender actors and advocates questioned the casting, Johansson initially responded with a press release that criticism “could be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman’s reps.”
All are actors who gained acclaim for taking part in transgender characters.
“Our cultural understanding of transgender folks continues to advance, and I’ve realized lots from the neighborhood since making my first assertion about my casting and understand it was insensitive,” stated Johansson in her assertion, who added that she had “nice admiration and love for the trans neighborhood.”
“Whereas I might have beloved the chance to carry Dante’s story and transition to life, I perceive why many really feel he ought to be portrayed by a transgender particular person, and I’m grateful that this casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a bigger dialog about variety and illustration in film,” she stated.
Trans actress Jamie Clayton, who had been vocal about her opposition to the casting, praised Johansson on Twitter.
Cheers to studying & rising! I hope you’re nonetheless producing the film Scarlett. What an unimaginable alternative to place your phrases into motion even additional! YAS! Let’s get lunch and speak! <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/ScarlettJohansson?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#ScarlettJohansson</a> <a href=”https://t.co/rrLd6mDKDe”>https://t.co/rrLd6mDKDe</a>
Johansson beforehand got here below fireplace for taking part in an initially Asian character within the 2017 film Ghost within the Shell.