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Scarlett Johansson Drops Out of 'Rub & Tug' Amid Criticism for Trans Role - Read Her Statement

Scarlett Johansson will no longer be appearing in the upcoming Rub & Tug following criticism for taking on the role of a transgender man.

The 33-year-old actress confirmed her decision in a statement, following an initially defensive response from her rep, to Out on Friday (July 13).

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“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. 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,” she said.

“I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues. According to GLAAD, LGBTQ+ characters dropped 40% in 2017 from the previous year, with no representation of trans characters in any major studio release. While I would have loved the opportunity to bring Dante’s story and transition to life, I understand why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person, and I am thankful that this casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film. I believe that all artists should be considered equally and fairly. My production company, These Pictures, actively pursues projects that both entertain and push boundaries. We look forward to working with every community to bring these most poignant and important stories to audiences worldwide.”

Scarlett Johansson Faces Backlash for Upcoming Role as Transgender Man & Releases a Response

Scarlett Johansson has signed on to play a transgender man in the upcoming movie Rub & Tug and people are not happy with the casting choice.

The 33-year-old actress will play “Jean Marie Gill, a person assigned female at birth who succeeded in Pittsburgh’s 1970s and 1980s massage parlor and prostitution business by assuming the identity of a man, Dante ‘Tex’ Gill,” according to THR.

The movie will be directed by Rupert Sanders, who she worked with on Ghost in the Shell, another movie that faced casting controversy.

People on social media are calling out Scarlett and the filmmakers for casting a cisgender woman to play the role instead of a trans man.

Bustle reached out to Scarlett‘s rep for a comment and received the following response: “Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman‘s reps for comment.”

Tambor, Leto, and Huffman all played transgender characters and received awards and acclaim for their work.

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Scarlett Johansson's 'Intimate Dinner' with Colin Jost Got Interrupted in a Big Way!

SNL‘s Colin Jost got a big surprise during his birthday dinner with girlfriend Scarlett Johansson.

The 36-year-old Weekend Update anchor was pranked by his SNL co-anchor Michael Che during the evening out.

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Michael posted a screen grab of his text messages with Colin, which showed a photo of Colin from his dinner, wearing a balloon hat while sitting next Scarlett.

Michael wrote, “I sent a party clown to Colin’s very intimate birthday dinner,” on the Instagram Story. LOL!

Check it out below…

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Scarlett Johansson Slams 'Demeaning' Report She Auditioned to Date Tom Cruise

Scarlett Johansson is denying a claim made by a former scientologist that she auditioned to date Tom Cruise after his split from Nicole Kidman back in 2001.

During his interview on Megyn Kelly Today, the 55-year-old actor’s former Scientology security team member Brendan Tighe claimed that he came across a list of women who auditioned to be in a relationship with Tom – one of which was the 33-year-old Avengers actress.

Scarlett responded to the claims, saying it was all untrue.

“The very idea of any person auditioning to be in a relationship is so demeaning,” Scarlett told THR. “I refuse for anyone to spread the idea that I lack the integrity to choose my own relationships. Only a man aka Brendan Tighe would come up with a crazy story like that.”

The Church of Scientology has also denied Brendan‘s claims as well.

Scarlett Johansson & Pete Yorn: 'Apart' EP Stream & Download - Listen Now!

Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn teamed up for a new EP called Apart, which you can listen to right here!

The 33-year-old Avengers actress and the 43-year-old singer-songwriter debuted their collaborative project on Friday (June 1).

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The EP is a follow-up to their 2009 debut as a duo, Break Up.

The collection includes a cover of “Worried” by The Echo Friendly, called “Bad Dreams.” The other four songs are all originals penned by Pete, as well as a remix of his 2016 song “Tomorrow,” which features Scarlett.

Along with the EP, the duo also released a Sophie Muller-directed video for “Bad Dreams.”

Listen to Apart below! You can also download the EP on iTunes.

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