Scarlett Johansson Set to Play a Trans Man in Upcoming Crime Biopic

Scarlett Johansson attends the 87th Annual Academy Awards in Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center. Photo by Donato Sardella/Penske Media/REX/Shutterstock (6052640aw)

Scarlett Johansson has landed the role of a trans man in new crime biopic Rub & Tug.

The movie is being directed by Rupert Sands, who previously directed Ghost In The Shell, which Johansson also starred in.

Her character is called Dante “Tex” Gill, who is based on a real-life owner of a massage parlor/prostitution business in Pittsburgh back in the 70s/80s. Gill’s birth name was Louis Jean Gill, but they later changed it and instead identified as a man.

The illegal business had ties with the mafia and Gill was sentenced to prison for seven years for tax invasion – ergo you can expect a lot of crime.

Johanson is currently filming for Taika Waititi’s WWII satire Jojo Rabbit. She is also scheduled for filming for the second part of Avengers: Infinity War and a Black Widow movie is potentially in the works.

Filming for Rub & Tug is scheduled to begin in February at the start of next year. A release date has not yet been confirmed.