Transgender Actors On Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Rub & Tug’ Casting: “You Can Continue To Play Us But We Can’t Play Y’all”

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Deadline—The backlash following Scarlett Johansson’s recent casting in New Regency’s mob drama Rub & Tug as a woman who identifies as man is not abating. Johansson was set last week to play the real live Dante “Tex” Gill in the pic to be directed by her Ghost in the Shell helmer Rupert Sanders. The plot centers on Gill, a crime kingpin in the 1970s who ran a string of Pittsburgh massage parlors and an anabolic steroids ring that helped fuel the Steelers' NFL dynasty. Gill was born…

Scarlett Johansson exits 'Rub & Tug' following transgender casting backlash. Scarlett Johansson has decided to exit the lead role of Rub & Tug, the film from director Rupert Sanders that would have seen the Avengers star playing trans man Dante “Tex” Gill. “In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project,” Johansson said in a statement Friday to Out magazine. “Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I’ve learned a lot from...