Something controversial this way comes…
The Hollywood Reporter just announced that Michelle Rodriguez is set to take the lead role in a new action thriller, ‘Tomboy: A Revenger’s Tale.’
It will be directed by action veteran Walter Hill (’The Warriors,’ ‘48 Hours,’ and more recently ‘Bullet to the Head’) with Sigourney Weaver in a key supporting role - and the premise is an eyebrow-raiser to say the least.
Rodriguez will take the lead as a hitman - yes, you read that correctly - who is double-crossed and forcibly given gender reassignment surgery by Weaver’s surgeon. Yes, you read that correctly as well.
Having been made female, the now-hitwoman seeks bloody retribution against those responsible.
The ‘Fast and Furious’ actress replaces Frieda Pinto, who had initially been attached to the lead. Hill (below) has written the screenplay from a story by Dennis Hamill, whilst Said Ben Said and Michael Merkt produce.
Unsurprisingly, the film has already received heavy criticism, notably from GLAAD, whose transgender media director Nick Adams has voiced concerns:
“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.
“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.“
No one involved with the film has responded at this point.
Production on ‘Tomboy’ is set to commence in Vancouver from 9 November.
Picture Credit: Universal, WENN