At first of the month, it was introduced that Scarlett Johansson was forged in Rub & Tug, a biopic that follows the lifetime of Dante “Tex” Gill, a transgender man, and is being directed by Rupert Sanders. Johansson’s casting as Gill instantly drew criticism, as quite a few folks mentioned that the character ought to be performed by an precise transgender performer. Whereas Johansson originally defended her casting by citing different cisgender actors who’d performed transgender characters, like Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman, she introduced immediately that she’s exited Rub & Tug following the backlash. Her official assertion on the matter reads as follows:
You possibly can learn Scarlett Johansson’s full assertion at Out.com, the place she additionally talked about that she realized that her earlier assertion was “insensitive” and that she and her manufacturing firm, These Photos, are wanting ahead to bringing “these most poignant and necessary tales to audiences worldwide.” Johansson’s casting was criticized by varied trans actors on-line, together with Clear‘s Hint Lysette. Since asserting that she will not play Dante “Tex” Gill, GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis has issued a response, saying that Johansson’s announcement and the transgender people who spoke out concerning the casting “are sport changers for the way forward for transgender photographs in Hollywood.”
This is not the primary time Scarlett Johansson has drawn controversy for certainly one of her roles. Final 12 months, she performed The Main in Ghost in the Shell (which was additionally directed by Rupert Sanders), which was met with accusations of whitewashing because the character is Japanese within the unique manga. So far as Rub & Tug is worried, we have seen over the past a number of years extra requires range within the moviemaking trade, and the recently-debuted FX sequence Pose has drawn consideration for its casting of transgender actresses. If the folks behind Rub & Tug determine to forged a transgender actor to switch Johansson as Dante “Tex” Gill, then the film could possibly be significantly groundbreaking. Both means, do not anticipate the conversations about inclusion and illustration within the leisure trade to die down anytime quickly.