Date: 16th July 2018

Scarlett Johansson quits trans role after LGBT backlash.

Scarlett Johansson has dropped out of a role in which she was going to play a transgender man following a backlash from the LGBT community.

The Avengers star was set to play 1970s Pittsburgh crime boss Dante "Tex" Gill, who was born Jean Gill, in Rub & Tug.

But she was criticised by those who said the role should have gone to a transgender actor.

"I've learned a lot from the community since making my first statement," Johansson told Out magazine.

"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."

"I am thankful that this casting debate... has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film," she added.

Source: Press Release