Matt Bomer, John Carroll Lynch to Star in Transgender Drama ‘Anything’

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Matt Bomer and John Carroll Lynch are starring in the transgender drama “Anything,” with Timothy McNeil making his feature directorial debut.

The movie also stars Maura Tierney, Micah Hauptman, Margot Bingham, and Melora Hardin. Mark Ruffalo and Great Point Media’s Robert Halmi and Jim Reeve are executive producing.

“Anything” is based on McNeil’s play of the same name. Lynch plays a man who is suicidal over the death of his wife and moves from Mississippi to Los Angeles, where he can be under the watchful eye of his protective sister, played by Tierney. He then begins an intense friendship with Bomer’s character, a transgendered sex worker. The unlikely new couple must reconcile their vastly different backgrounds as they fill the void in each other’s lives.

“Anything” is being produced by Hauptman, Louise Runge, and Ofrit Peres. Bomer, Tony Lipp, and Scott Wexler also executive produce.

Great Point Media is the distributor. UTA Independent Film Group helped put the film together and is the U.S. sales agent.

“I’m very happy to be part of this daring project,” Ruffalo said. “Love is at the essence of great storytelling and transcends all discrimination and politicization.”

Ruffalo and McNeil have known each other since their studies with Stella Adler. Production on “Anything” recently wrapped in Los Angeles.

Bomer’s credits include “The Normal Heart” and “The Last Tycoon.” Lynch will be seen in “The Founder” and portrayed serial killer John Wayne Gacy in “American Horror Story.”

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  1. Wes says:

    Very encouraging to have a movie with diverse characters. So brave of Mark to go ahead with this project as well as committed actors to take on the roles.
    This will lead Hollywood to be open to back movies with a good story.

  2. donnie says:

    frankly… this sounds awful. a cis man playing a trans woman is a horrible idea that ultimately belittles trans women’s identities and damages people’s views of them. did you learn nothing from zoolander 2? this can only be done badly. trans women are not just men in makeup. trans actors should play trans characters.

  3. TADAMON says:

    Again, the Transgender community is making an important point. BUT Matt Bomer is being attacked with Homophobic, Violent and Vile language. Was this case for the hetero actors who have played such roles, or is that kind of hate reserved for gay men?

  4. According to a description of the original play the character in question is listed as a “transvestite” not transgender.

  5. Elle says:

    Really, Variety? It’s 2016. No mention of the BS casting decision to have a cisgender male play a transgender female? Get it together.

    And the previous commenters are correct. It’s “transgender”, not “transgendered”.

  6. Jummy says:

    I’m outraged that they’ve selected a man to masquerade as a man masquerading as a woman.

    How are they going to make a male actor believably evoke a transwoman on the big screen without loads of CGI?

  7. Monica says:

    It’s transgender. Not transgendered! Language is important.

  8. A says:

    The right word is transgender as in a transgender person, & not ‘transgendered’ person. It is not the case that something happened to a cis-gender person that made them a transgender person. Transgender people are born that way. They didn’t convert or change into a transgender person at some point in their life. Please correct this error in your publication.

  9. Finn says:

    Literally why not have a trans actor play a trans character??? What is WRONG with the world?? We aren’t a narrative for ya’ll to make money off of just because we’re the talk of the media right now. It’s horrifically degrading.

  10. Ruth says:

    Transgendered is not a word. It’s just Transgender. Noun not Verb.

    • Sj Speaks says:

      Thanks. It is an adjective

      • beau says:

        “The consensus now seems to be that transgender is better stylistically and grammatically,” DiEdoardo says. “In the same sense, I’m an Italian-American, not an Italianed-American.” The most common objection to the word, says Serano, is that the “ed” makes it sound like “something has been done to us,” as if they weren’t the same person all along. DiEdoardo illustrates this point, hilariously, with a faux voiceover: “One day John Jones was leading a normal, middle-class American life when suddenly he was zapped with a transgender ray!”

        Moving away from the “ed”—which sounds like a past-tense, completed verb that marks a distinct time before and a time after— helps move away from some common misconceptions about what it means to be transgender.”

  11. Transgender sex worker not transgendered sex worker…

    Also, sounds terrible. God forbid they have an actual trans actor in the role…

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