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Michelle Rodriguez to star in gender-swapping revenge

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Fast & Furious and Avatar alum Michelle Rodriguez has joined Sigourney Weaver in the gender-swapping thriller Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale. Written and directed by Walter Hill (from a story by Denis Hamill), the film centers on an expert assassin who is double-crossed and transformed into a woman (Rodriguez) by a rogue surgeon (Weaver), and then sets out for vengeance. Shooting starts next month in Vancouver, Canada.


In the action thriller, Tomboy, A Revenger’s Tale  starring Michelle Rodriguez, a professional assassin undergoes gender-reassignment surgery against his will and is converted into a woman, who goes on to see vengeance on the surgeon who did the procedure.


The script is getting mixed responses and the GLAAD organization has expressed how they feel about the film’s plot.  “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,” GLAAD’s director of programs for transgender media, Nick Adams, told the Hollywood Reporter.


What do you think?  Do you feel it’s a crucial time in the media for LGBT issues to push a film that is using gender-reassignment in their film?  Does it matter if it’s used in a positive matter and used for an LGBT character and not in a plot twist?  Do you agree with 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,” Adams said.


Share your thoughts!  Thank you, Nick Adams from GLAAD for shining a light on what others may feel is a simple plot twist, but to us in the LGBT community, it’s a key factor in life.  Thank you to the Cast and Crew who continue to shine the light on LGBT issues in Film and TV.


Katie - July 2013

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