Trans men parody old Scarlett Johansson roles in video

A group of trans men shared a video in which they pretend to audition for old Scarlett Johansson roles in order to draw attention to her being cast as a trans man in an upcoming film.

Johansson has received widespread pushback from activists who say trans actors should be hired to play trans characters, considering how few roles are typically available to them.

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In the video produced by INTO, performers Justin Chow, Scott Turner Schofield, D'Lo and Rocco Kayiatos audition for roles Johansson played in films such as “He’s Just Not That Into You,” “Her” and “Avengers.”

At the end of the video, a director off-screen offers Schofield the role of Samantha in “Her.”

“Wait, is this a female role?” Schofield asks.

“Yes, this is for a white female,” the director responds.

“Uh, sorry, I’m just having a lot of trouble because cis women are really marginalized in Hollywood, you know?” Schofield says, looking concerned. “I know there are people who have lived this experience who bring a lot of authenticity to it and I feel a little weird taking that from them.”

Schofield ultimately turns down the role.

The video’s caption reads “What if trans men got cast in the few roles that are made for trans men?”

Through a representative, Johansson responded to criticism of the role by implying she is being targeted because she’s a woman.

"Tell them that they can be directed to Jeffrey Tambor, Jared Leto, and Felicity Huffman's reps for comment,” Johansson’s representative told Bustle, referencing several cisgender actors who have played trans characters.

Johansson, a white woman, previously fielded similar criticisms when she played the lead role in the film “Ghost in the Shell," which was adapted from a Japanese anime.