Casting controversy

Here’s a first look at Matt Bomer playing a transgender sex worker in ‘Anything’

It’s a casting choice that’s met with considerable criticism: The upcoming drama Anything, directed by Timothy McNeil, will star Matt Bomer as a transgender sex worker.

According to Deadlinemany members of the transgender community have questioned the casting of a cis-male actor for the role. Executive producer Mark Ruffalo says he wanted Bomer for the part after a “profound experience” working with him on HBO’s production of The Normal Heart.

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The story involves a man named Early Landry (played by John Carroll Lynch) who moves to Los Angeles after his wife passes away to live with his overly protective sister (Maura Tierney). He eventually flees in Hollywood to get away from her.

There, he quickly gets smitten with his neighbor, Freda (Bomer), and they slowly begin to carve out a remarkable new relationship — but  first, they must confront their complicated pasts before embarking on a future together.

You can watch a scene from the film below: