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Scarlett Johansson slammed for trans man role in new film 'Rub and Tug'

And her response to the controversy has not been well received either...

Scarlett Johansson has come under fire from members of the LGBTQI community for signing on to play a transgender man in her new film, Rub & Tug.

The 33-year-old actress will tackle the role of Dante "Tex" Gill, who, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is "a woman [Jean Marie Gill] who succeeded in Pittsburgh's 1970s and 1980s massage parlor and prostitution business by assuming the identity of a man, Dante 'Tex' Gill."

Unsurprisingly, Twitter had some real feelings about the high-paid actress possibly taking the role away from someone who was actually transgender.

"We have to stop hiring non-trans actors to play trans characters," wrote commenter Steven Canals. "In my opinion, it's equally as traumatic & offensive as black-face. It also shows how lazy, unwoke, and complicit in transphobia you are."

Others also chimed in:

In a statement provided to Bustle, a representative for ScarJo released a comment from the actress, which referenced other cisgender actors who have taken on trans roles:

That response has not been taken well by some critics who say it underscores the actress' lack of understanding of the issue of trans people and the struggle for opportunities they face.

Rupert Sanders, who directed Johansson in Ghost In The Shell—a film which also received backlash on the grounds of whitewashing an Asian character—is set to direct the upcoming biopic.