Michelle Rodriguez has defended playing a transgender person in the film (Re)Assignment because she is bisexual.

Rodriguez stars in the upcoming crime thriller, which is also known by the title ‘Tomboy, a Revenger’s Tale’, which got its first airing at  Toronto International Film Festival this week.

The film stars Rodriguez as a killer who is kidnapped and “unwillingly turned into a woman” by a surgeon.

However, its sensationalistic plot has not gone down well with the trans community, who hit out at Rodriguez and dismissed the film as exploitation.

But speaking to Reuters, she said: “What is transgender? Is it a psychological thing or is it an operation, and does the LGBTQ community own the operation? Do they have a branding right over a sex change?

“Are they mad that somebody decided to take their branded transgender operation and use it on heterosexual people?

“It’s a B-movie noir genre comic book take on something.

“I’m bisexual. I do guys. I do girls. You can’t really argue with me because I’m you.

“So if I do a movie, I’d never do a movie with the intention of offending anybody in the LGBT community because I’m a part of it.”

Director Walter Hill insisted other films have dealt with similar plots in the past.

He said: “I don’t know why this one stirred up such interest in a way that those didn’t except that I think the transgender situation has been more in the headlines the last couple of years.

“I don’t know. I’m a storyteller, it’s a crime story, it’s a noir vision, it’s comic book in a way and quite a few women have said to me that after seeing the movie, they feel empowered by it.”