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10/30/2015 03:55 pm ET

Michelle Rodriguez's Upcoming Gender Reassignment Thriller Is Already Causing Controversy

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Michelle Rodriguez's upcoming film won't be in theaters until 2017, but it's already getting backlash. 

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news Wednesday that Rodriguez will star in "Tomboy," a thriller that centers around an assassin becoming victim to gender-reassignment surgery. 

A description for the film reads:

The script, written by Hill from a story by Denis Hamill, centers on an ace assassin who is double-crossed by gangsters and falls into the hands of rogue surgeon known as "The Doctor," who turns him into a woman. The hitman (now a hitwoman) sets out for revenge, aided by a nurse named Johnnie, who also has secrets.

GLAAD is not happy about the premise of the movie and says it could be a setback for the transgender community. 

"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," Nick Adams, GLAAD's Director of Programs for Transgender Media, said in a statement to The Huffington Post Friday. "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."

"Tomboy" is set to start filming Nov. 9 in Vancouver, according to Deadline.com. 

 

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