The first trailer has surfaced for Anything, the upcoming film that sees out actor Matt Bomer playing a transgender sex worker who becomes involved with a small-town widower in Los Angeles.
When the film was announced last year, trans groups criticized the film for presenting yet another depiction of a trans woman as a prostitute, as well as the casting of a cis actor in the role.
Tim McNeil directs the film, an adaptation of his play, with Bomer playing Freda and John Carroll Lynch playing Mississippi widower Early Landry. (Lynch was Bomer’s co-star on American Horror Story). Maura Tierney plays Early’s overprotective sister, with Micah Hauptman, Margot Bingham, and Melora Hardin rounding out the cast.
McNeil is making his directorial debut with Anything, which was shot by Moonlight’s Oscar-nominated cinematographer James Laxton. Mark Ruffalo, Bomer’s The Normal Heart co-star, is executive producing.
Hollywood is still grappling with trans representation—both in subject matter and casting. Earlier this year, Michelle Rodriguez was criticized for starring in Reassignment, an action flick where she played an assassin forced to undergo gender confirmation surgery.
Anything premieres June 17 in Los Angeles.