Scarlett Johansson responds to backlash after landing transgender role in new film

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Gill was assigned female at birth, but later assumed the identity of a man - Dante "Tex" Gill - and operated a massage parlour and prostitution business in Pittsburgh in the 1970s and 80s.

New Regency has won an auction for "Rub & Tug", an "American Hustle"-like movie starring Scarlett Johansson and directed by Rupert Sanders, sources confirmed to Variety".

Movie reviewer Valerie Complex responded, "First the Japanese, and now Scarlett Johansson is taking on the trans community with her new film Rub and Tug".

But while other actors who have faced a backlash over similar casting decisions have stepped away from the role (white actor Ed Skrein left the Hellboy reboot after being cast in a Japanese/American role), Johansson appears to have little remorse.

- Steven Canals (@StevenCanals) July 3, 2018Scarlett Johansson received considerable backlash for Ghost in the Shell, when she played a whitewashed Asian character.

Natasha Romanov looks like a pussycat compared to this latest role and the fact that it is based on an actual real person just makes the whole insane story even more outrageous.

Since coming to the world's attention in Lost in Translation, Johansson has established herself as one of the most versatile actresses in Hollywood and the Bafta-winning star will be moving into the world of the mafia in her next film.

However some people say they don't understand the controversy around the news - arguing that an actor's job is to take on roles that are different to who they are in real life.

"I'm disappointed at her lack of awareness".

Felicity Huffman was nominated for an Oscar after playing a transgender woman in 2005's "Transamerica", Jared Leto won a best supporting actor Oscar for playing a trans woman in "Dallas Buyers Club", and Jeffrey Tambor won two Emmys for his role as a transgender woman in the TV series "Transparent".

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