A trailer for Michelle Rodriguez’s controversial gender reassignment action film is here
A trailer for the controversial film starring Michelle Rodriguez as a transgender assassin has arrived.
Michelle Rodriguez last year defended playing a transgender person in the film The 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 last year.
The film, which also features Sigourney Weaver, 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.
Check out the trailer below:
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.
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“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.”
But in 2015, a GLAAD spokesperson said of the film: “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.”
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.”