Only a few years ago, the news of Scarlett Johansson signing Rub and Tug, a film that would feature her as a transgender man would automatically assure her of great glory, ravishing reviews, and even a possible Oscar nomination. Along with that, the reports of backlash from the within the community or the trans-actors that could possibly portray the character would be highlighted but the chances of any actor actually reconsidering their decision would be very slim.
In Hollywood of yore, such reactions would be welcomed as they helped generate curiosity. Although most of this could happen now as well but for some reason, actors, today, seem to take a certain kind of backlash seriously enough to walk away from projects that could change the course of their careers.
Following adverse reaction from the trans community, Johansson announced her exit from Rub and Tugand even apologised for her “insensitive” initial statement about her casting, where her representative apparently said that those questioning her casting could ask “Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto and Felicity Huffman’s reps for comment,” highlighting how other cis-gender actors have played transgender roles.