Action movies aren't typically known for being the most progressive films in cinema, but Walter Hill's latest thriller could very well set the whole of Hollywood back a few decades, if the backlash created by The Assignment is anything to go by.
Initially known as both (Re)Assignment and Tomboy: A Revenger’s Tale, Michelle Rodriguez's star vehicle follows the story of Frank Kitchen, a hitman who seeks revenge after a woman known only as 'The Doctor' forces him to undergo sex reassignment surgery against his consent.
Watch the first controversial trailer for Reassignment below and tell us what you think in the comments section below:
While previous films such as The Warriors and 48 Hours didn't exactly scream emotional sensitivity from director Walter Hill, it's still mind-boggling to think that someone would release a film like this in 2017.
Understandably, the trans community have consistently expressed outrage about the project ever since it was first announced, arguing that gender reassignment surgery should never be touted as a cheap ploy for entertainment. Nonetheless, the studio have still gone ahead with the release of an official trailer for #TheAssignment, and the internet did not react kindly.
This isn't the first time that Rodriguez has been called out for transphobia, after she recently questioned whether a (cisgender) Olympic runner should have competed in a 'transsexual' category, due to her higher testosterone levels.
Michelle has since defended her right to star in The Assignment, telling TMZ that:
"I'm bisexual. I would never in my life do anything to hurt the LGBT community."
While everyone is entitled to speak their mind, it does seem rather problematic that a bisexual cis woman feels that her sexuality can be used to justify what many have deemed an exploitative depiction of gender reassignment surgery and the trans community as a whole.
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While there's no official release date confirmed yet for The Assignment, we're sure that all eyes will be on Michelle Rodriguez and co-star #SigourneyWeaver when the film hits cinemas sometime later this year. Folks, get ready for a shit storm.
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(Sources — TMZ)