While there’s more visibility for transgender people than ever before, not all the coverage has been 100% positive or dealt properly with the issues it raises. As a result there are a few people who are likely to greet the news that bisexual star Michelle Rodriguez is set to star in Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale with a bit of trepidation.
THR reports that the films ‘centers on an ace assassin who is double-crossed by gangsters and falls into the hands of rogue surgeon known as “The Doctor,” who turns him into a woman. The hitman (now a hitwoman) sets out for revenge, aided by a nurse named Johnnie, who also has secrets.’
Rodriguez is set to play the central assassin, a role previously linked to Freida Pinto, while Sigourney Weaver will be the surgeon.
Although some will worry it will belittle trans people, hopefully it will treat the issues well (you’d hope Rodriguez and Weaver wouldn’t be involved if it didn’t) and expand responsible transgender stories into more mainstream territory.
Walter Hill will write and direct.