Pixar is looking to cast a trans character in its next animated film, according to reports by Trans March.
The Emeryville-based studio is apparently reaching out to various organisations with flyers, which provides details of the role and the new character [via SFGate]:
According to the flyer, the role is for a 14-year-old transgender girl named Jess. The role will require actors to be enthusiastic, outgoing, funny and energetic while being aged between 12-17 years old. The casting information also describes Jess as “compassionate, funny, and always has your back”. While the flyer doesn’t detail whether Jess is Pixar’s next main protagonist, it could be possible that she might play a prominent role in the studio’s next outing.
What’s Been Said?
While Pixar itself hasn’t officially confirmed its search for a trans actor, Trans March claims that they were contacted by a Pixar casting director. This was clarified in a tweet following the shared flyer:
“Sorry folks, we should have been more specific with how we know this is real. We talked to the casting director and they sent us this flyer. They’re reaching out to other orgs as well, but we got the sense we’re the first to post about it.”
Recently, Pixar has upped its game when it comes to telling diverse stories. The Disney+ short “Out” features the studio’s first openly gay protagonist and his struggles coming out to his parents. There’s also the likes of Loop, which tells the story of an autistic teen on a canoe outing.
Hopefully, we’ll hear more about Pixar’s new transgender character soon. The studio has several projects in the works, including the coming of age drama “Turning Red”. Since Turning Red features a 13-year-old protagonist named Mei Lee, there’s a chance that Jess could also play a prominent role in the film.
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