Variety is reporting out actor Matt Bomer has signed on to play a transgender woman in the upcoming film adaptation of Tim McNeil’s play, Anything.
Bomer will play Freda Von Rhenberg, an L.A. sex worker with a complicated relationship with Mississippi widower Early—played by John Carroll Lynch, his co-star on American Horror Story.
McNeil is making his directorial debut with the film, which also stars Maura Tierney, Micah Hauptman, Margot Bingham, and Melora Hardin. Mark Ruffalo, Bomer’s The Normal Heart co-star, will executive produce.
We can’t say this is a thrilling development: We’re barely done digesting the news about Reassignment, the action flick with Michelle Rodriguez as an assassin forced to undergo gender confirmation surgery.
Surely there are other stories to tell about the trans community that don’t involve sex work?
And while the role should always go to the best actor, the number of acclaimed trans actresses is growing too big to discount. Trace Lysette, Jamie Clayton, Candis Cayne, Michelle Hendley—we could go on.
That is, if it’s really about telling a compelling story.