Date: 5th July 2018
Scarlett Johannson is expected to star in film based on real-life massage parlour owner Dante 'Tex' Gill, who identified as a man
Scarlett Johansson has responded to online criticism after it was announced she would take the role of Dante "Tex" Gill in the forthcoming feature Rub & Tug.
This statement, which is reportedly from Scarlett Johansson herself, the actress cites the various critically acclaimed performances of transgender characters by cis actors. Given the precedent set in the past, Johansson seems to take umbrage with being singled out in regards to Rub & Tug.
In Scarlett Johansson's rebuttal to Bustle, she specifically mentions the Amazon series Transparent, as well as award winning movies Dallas Buyer's Club and Transamerica. All of these projects have been critical darlings, while also celebrating the performances of Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman respectively. On paper, it would seem like Johansson's upcoming role in Rub & Tug is no different.
Source: Press Release