Scarlett Johansson Has ‘Decided to Respectfully Withdraw’ From Trans Man’s Biopic

After some serious backlash, Scarlett Johansson will no longer star as transgender man Dante “Tex” Gill in the biopic Rub & Tug.

“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,” begins Johansson’s statement to Out Magazine. “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 realize it was insensitive. I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues.”

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