Pop Goes The News — A movie scheduled to begin production in B.C. on Nov. 9 is being criticized as insensitive to transgender people.
Tomboy: A Revenger’s Tale, directed by Water Hill (Bullet to the Head), is about an assassin seeking revenge on the rogue surgeon who turned him into a woman.
Michelle Rodriguez has signed on to play the title character opposite Sigourney Weaver as the surgeon.
“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,” said GLAAD’s director of programs for transgender media, Nick Adams.
“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.”
Tomboy is scheduled to shoot in B.C. until Dec. 23.
Producers did not respond to THR inquiries.