Scarlett Johansson quits transgender role after backlash

Reuters Studio - July 13, 2018

Scarlett Johansson pulls out of playing a transgender role in "Rub & Tug" after a backlash from the LGBT community.

Rollo Ross reports.

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Scarlett Johansson quits transgender role after backlash

Scarlett Johansson has pulled out of a movie in which she was cast to play a transgender character following a backlash from the LGBT community.

"Rub & Tug" was due to star Johansson as the notorious real-life American crime kingpin Dante "Tex" Gill, who was born a woman but identified as a man.

This is the second time Johansson has found herself in the midst of casting controversy.

In 2017, she was criticized for starring in "Ghost in the Shell" in which her character was originally conceived as Japanese.

Rupert Sanders who directed "Ghost in the Shell" is also the filmmaker behind "Rub & Tug".

After the initial criticism, Johansson defended herself by listing other celebrities who had played transgender characters.

However, after leaving the role, Johansson released a statement to LGBTQ magazine "Out" which said "Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I've learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive."

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