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Scarlett Johansson responds to backlash for being cast as trans man

04 July 2018

Having led Rupert Sanders' sci-fi adaptation "Ghost in the Shell", Scarlett Johansson is teaming up with the director again for this next project.

Scarlett Johansson is facing a backlash after it was announced that she will play a transgender man in her next movie role. According to The Hollywood Reporter, an obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Gill "wanted to be known as 'Mr". "Gill", and "may even have undergone the initial states of a sex change..."

People are not being shy about calling out Johansson for playing a trans man since this can be considered her second offense when it comes to appropriating - in this case its not cultural, it's gender identity.

"Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman's reps for comment", she reportedly told the outlet.

Needless to say, that didn't solve the problem...

After news broke that the actress is slated to play a transgender character in the film "Rub & Tug", critics immediately flocked to Twitter to express their disapproval of Johannson's new role.

Ghost in the Shell stars Scarlett Johansson as Major.

With production meant to begin in February 2019, "Rub & Tug" would be Sanders' third feature, following "Snow White and the Huntsman" and "Ghost in the Shell".

The news that yet another cisgender actor was set to take on a trans role was greeted with anger and disappointment by many - and Johansson appeared to pour fuel on the fire with her response.

Though some defended her choice to take on the controversial role.

Scarlett's casting in the role received instant backlash from a number of social media users, but in a statement issued via her representative to Bustle on Wednesday, she dismissed any criticism.

And some people see this as a continuation of the 33-year-old taking roles that she shouldn't.

Metro.co.uk has contacted Scarlett's rep for comment.

Scarlett Johansson responds to backlash for being cast as trans man