Upcoming movie 3 Generations could do with catching a break. The movie- starring Elle Fanning as a transgender teen boy- was yanked just days from release in 2015 after an underwhelming reception at the Toronto Film Festival.
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, whose outfit The Weinstein Company reportedly paid $6 million for the rights to release the movie, is appealing over its R rating, having changed its title from About Ray.
The movie, which also stars Naomi Watts and Susan Sarandon has reportedly been re-edited by director Gaby Dellal following its lukewarm premiere.
Now 3 Generations is the recipient of a backlash against Fanning over “transface”, the practice of non-transgender actors playing trans characters. Social media keyboard warriors, doubtless possessing an imperfect understanding of how the movie business works, are still furious the role is not being played by a transgender actor:
Okay so about that Elle Fanning movie where she plays a transgender teen: why don’t they cast an actual transgender teen?
— lexi misses 2007 (@ThnksFrThBillie) April 9, 2017
no offence but i dont rlly trust ppl who like elle fanning especially when it comes to her portraying transgender characters
— faƨai (@yoongigami) March 19, 2017
If the movie flops, when it’s finally released in May, it won’t be primarily because Fanning is playing the lead role instead of a transgender actor. But it will be interesting to see if Hollywood prominent cisgender celebs continue to get cast in trans parts following the backlash against 3 Generations and The Danish Girl starring Eddie Redmayne.
Whatever the fate of the movie, this is free coverage that even Weinstein, a veteran master of publicity in the entertainment business, probably won’t appreciate.