Scarlett Johansson Has Stepped Down From Controversial Transgender Role

Do you think this is the right decision?

Scarlett Johansson has announced her decision to step down from playing the role of a transgender man following huge backlash from the LGBT community.

The star was set to play the role of 1970s  crime lord Dante “Tex” Gill, who was born Jean Gill, in the Rupert Sanders directed Rub & Tug.

The controversy came as LGBT people called for an actual transgender person to take on the role, and saw no reason as to why the Avengers actress needed to portray the character.

Despite initially stating that she didn’t see why she shouldn’t take on the role, and that many non trans actors had played similar roles over the years ( ie Felicity Huffman in TransAmerica) the 33-year-old has now announced that she will not be taking part in the film.

“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,” Johansson said in a statement to

“I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement, 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.”

“I am thankful that this casting debate… has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film,” she added

There is no word yet as to who will replace Scarlett, but many are calling for the inclusion of a trans actor in the project.

Who do you think would be a good fit got the role?