Scarlett Johansson Fires Back Against Criticism For Accepting Transgender Role

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Johansson will star in the film as massage parlor owner Dante "Tex" Gill, who was born as Lois Jean Gill but identified as a man.

The backlash comes little over a year ago after Johansson found herself embroiled in controversy over Ghost in the Shell, in which she plays a Japanese woman in a white female android body. Cast actors WHO ARE TRANS as NON TRANS CHARACTERS.

Members of the LGBTQ community and their allies saw the casting as insensitive because they preferred that a transgender role be played by a transgender actor. Instead of calming the fires, Johansson's statement basically dumped a gallon of gasoline on the flames, causing even more backlash. In that case, Johansson played a role that was Asian in the source material.

While some were negative, many others defended her choice to take it on.

"Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive", she said.

As well as 2019's "Marvel's Avengers" movie, she has a "Black Widow" film in development, plus Noah Baumbach's untitled November 2018 comedy and 1940s war drama "Jojo Rabbit" from the director of "Thor: Ragnarok".

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The three actors mentioned all received acclaim for their portrayal of transgender characters.

Furthermore, Johansson and Rub and Tug's director Rupert Sanders are not immune to such controversy.

Scarlett's response refers to cisgender actors who have taken on transgender roles, with Jeffrey playing a transgender woman in TV show Transparent, Felicity portraying a transgender woman in 2005 film Transamerica and Jared Leto taking on the part of Rayon in 2013's Dallas Buyers Club. The film will be a co-production between Joel Silver's Silver Pictures, Tobey Maguire's Material Pictures and Johansson's These Pictures production companies.

Sanders will direct from a screenplay by Gary Spinelli (American Made, Chaos Walking), with Johansson, Spinelli, Joel Silver, Tobey Maguire, Matthew Plouffe and Jonathan Lia producing.

Sky News has contacted Johansson's publicist for comment.

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