Scarlett Johansson Will No Longer Play Transgender Man In Upcoming Movie

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Scarlett Johansson will no longer play a transgender man in the upcoming movie “Rub & Tug,” she announced in an interview on Friday.

“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,” she said in an interview with Out.

“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 realized it was insensitive,” Johansson continued.

She added, “While I would have loved the opportunity to bring Dante’s story and transition to life, I understand why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person, and I am thankful that this casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film.”

The announcement of Johansson’s casting in this role was under a lot of scrutiny over the last week-and-a-half. Those who were upset by it suggested that a transgender male actor should play the role instead of a female actress. (RELATED: Scarlett Johansson Under Fire For Plans To Play Trans Man In Upcoming Movie)