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New movie "Tomboy" [Now known as 2016's "(Re) Assignment"]
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From: guest (Dakhan) , 31 months, post #1

According to THR, production company The Solution has taken to TIFF to shop a project called Tomboy to interested buyers. The film reportedly centers on an elite hitman who gets gender-reassigned into a woman against his will by a shady surgeon known only as �The Doctor.� After the surgery, the now-hitwoman sets out for revenge alongside a nurse named Johnnie.

Sigourney Weaver and Slumdog Millionaire star Frieda Pinto have been in negotiations to play The Doctor and the nurse, respectively, but the project is reportedly still looking for a female lead to play what sounds very much like a gender-reassigned version of Liam Neeson�s character in 2008�s Taken.

From: cj , 31 months, post #2
Sounds a little like the series "Hit & Miss" --

In-so-far-as having a transgender hitwoman, anyhow. Though that may be as far as the similarities run.

Either way, thanks for the alert.

From: guest (Jayzie) , 31 months, post #3
Good find. Hopefully this one makes it to the movies

From: guest (KJ) , 31 months, post #4
Hope it does the transformation through some type of medical means where the new woman is an actual female, more petite female body, able to get pregnant, etc.

From: guest (Guestimation) , 31 months, post #5

It could go one of three ways, I think:

1.) The original male version of the character could be cast to have a short/slight male body frame (but has really deadly hitman skills, regardless), so a reasonable match for a normal/pretty actress.

2.) The movie could go mildly sci-fi, with a new type of sex-change procedure (throwing some jargon about gene replacement or something), so the male hitman gets shrunk to a degree, and gets feminized more and faster than is possible in real life. The fact that Sijourney Weaver is likely cast as the doctor who performs the procedure, rather than an actor of lower profile, might lend some credence to that possibility.

3.) It could ostensibly be a "real-life" sex-change operation, but the filmmakers take a lot of creative license and fudge things, so the female version is still shorter/slighter than could actually be achieved in reality, but they ignore that and just try and get the audience to accept it. Nothing drastic, like having a six-foot male become a five-foot-two female, but they could probably use willing suspension of audience belief to have the female version be a couple of inches shorter.

We have part of a clue, though. The news story says they were looking to cast UK actress Andrea Riseborough for the role of the transformed hitman, though scheduling conflicts with the actress caused that plan to fall through. According to IMDB, Riseborough is five-foot-five-and-a-half in height, and very traditionally pretty/feminine, so unless they dramatically recast the part, we're not looking at the transformed hitman to be some kind of amazon.

Here's some Google Images of Riseborough, so we can see what they're probably basically looking for, in the physical look of the female part:

From: guest (KJ) , 31 months, post #6
A bit more

From: guest (KJ) , 31 months, post #7
And one more

From: cj , 30 months, post #8
Another thread about the movie:

From: cj , 30 months, post #9
Looks like it has an IMDB page now --

From: guest , 30 months, post #10
I can see this film being not in the slightest bit controversial in any way whatsoever.

From: guest (rush) , 30 months, post #11
The problem with sex change surgery is it's not really a woman. I wish they would inject a little bit of supernatural and make it a magical transformation. Until the y chromosome is removed a man she be.

From: guest , 30 months, post #12
When the AV Club ran an article on it, they titled it:

"Sigourney Weaver to make Michelle Rodriguez into a woman in Tomboy."

I was guessing some sort of "My Fair Lady" sort of thing. Boy was I wrong.

My guess is that it starts of as some sort of imprisonment and humiliation plan by some villain which goes horribly wrong for them when the lead character escapes and at the end, for whatever reason the lead decides to stay the way the are at the end.

From: cj , 30 months, post #13
rush -- then it would be a completely different story. And perhaps a bit too far-fetched for the audience to get into for an otherwise serious show.

But I get your message. I'd love to see something where a magically TF'd or swapped guy, now gal, has to deal with life and adapt until he/she can resolve whatever and then return??? But watching the character grow and learn would be neat. I'd could really get into that story, learning with him as he deals with life as a woman.

Perhaps we'll see lots of that in this one.

From: guest , 30 months, post #14
Well, isn't that basically the Portuguese Lalola (substitute extremely Weird Science for magic).

I know it's not the most popular thing around here but it's certainly IMO had the most realistic reactions and course of actions from any man finding themselves in that position out of all 13 of them. Also, who wants to see yet another retread of the Argentinian version anyway? I actually liked that a few different countries tried to mix it up a bit.

From: guest , 30 months, post #15
Isn't that the name of a movie that starred Chris Farley?

From: Holly Dunn , 30 months, post #16
People will believe a surgical penis removal and simple breast implant transformation than the suspension of disbelief for a magical transformation. A magical transformation would be ridiculous (sic.) Even if onscreen the two snips makes a beautiful woman.

From: cj , 30 months, post #17
"Isn't that the name of a movie that starred Chris Farley?"

You're thinking of "Tommy Boy" --

From: cj , 30 months, post #18
Hard to say what people will believe these days. But what would the story be about if the hitman was suddenly Ka-girl'd? I mean, all he'd have to do is find a way to have the spell reversed... there would hardly be any anguish or perceived need for vengeance. It would certainly make for a fairly different story.

Now, take a normal everyday guy and surgically (and irreversibly) alter him to appear female to everyone else, and you have something that most guys (and gals) could relate to. Anger, confusion, and a need to deliver some payback. Force him to have to interact with the world in a manner different than he previously had to, and you have the makings for an interesting story.

If only the cosmetic surgery was as good as Hollywood would lead us to believe, we could all appear to the world as a perfect version of ourselves.

From: guest , 30 months, post #19
I'm going to guess our lead protagonist is trapped for a long time and hence there's time to do all that. I'm guessing that it's going to be like The Skin I Live In plus some Face/Off where there's at least a bit of technological contribution from stuff we don't actually have in the real world, so presumably either a bit of sci-fi or at least skipping some intermediate detail like The Skin I Live In. Presumably it would also make sense to have two different actors like that film as well.

From: cj , 30 months, post #20
I'm interested to see them do the story and the transformation / surgery well.

I guess we'll have to wait and see.

I just hope that I don't come to wish that they'd just used magic. :-)

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