Halle Berry will not appear as a transgender character in an upcoming film.
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In the film, the Oscar-winner was set to star as a female that transitioned to male. The news of her departure comes after the actress faced large amounts of backlash for misgendering the character multiple times during an Instagram live interview on Friday.
During the chat Berry said:
“Who this woman was is so interesting to me, and that will probably be my next project.”
The ‘Monster Ball’ star then issued an apology on Monday (July 6), and announced that she had pulled out from the role.
The apology reads:
“Over the weekend I had the opportunity to discuss my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man, and I’d like to apologize for those remarks. As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories. I am grateful for the guidance and critical conversation over the past few days and will continue to listen, educate and learn from this mistake. I vow to be an ally in using my voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera.”
Berry is not the first actress to have faced controversy over playing a transgender character. Scarlett Johansson faced similar backlash in 2018, which caused her to exit her role in ‘Rub and Tug.’