Last week it was announced that Michelle Rodgriguez was due to star in the film Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale, in which she’s due to play a hitman who a ‘rogue doctor’ turns into a hitwoman. There’s no doubt the bare bones plot sound sensationalist about the ‘gender-swap’ themes, which has raised the ire of GLAAD, which released a statment to THR expressing its displeasure.
GLAAD’s director of programs for transgender media, Nick Adams, said, “We haven’t read the script, but it’s disappointing to see filmmakers turning what is a life-saving medical procedure for transgender people into a sensationalistic plot device.
“We are at a crucial moment in the public’s understanding of transgender issues, and stories like these have the potential to undermine the progress we’ve worked so hard to achieve.”
As Rodriguez is bisexual and Weaver is a longstanding supporter or LGBT rights, you’d hope they’d only agree to be part of the movie if it dealt properly with the issues that it raises (and indeed there are echoes in the plot of Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In, so it may not be quite as sensationalistic as it sounds).
However with Hollywood’s track record on trans people, it certainly makes sense for GLAAD to issue a warning shot.