(EDGE) Matt Bomer has found his latest project.
The "Suits" star will play a transgender worker in the upcoming film "Anything," based on Timothy McNeil's play of the same name, Variety reports.
"Anything" also stars John Carroll Lynch, a suicidal man who is distraught over the death of his wife and moves to Mississippi to L.A. to be near his sister, played by Maura Tierney. He then starts a friendship with Bomer's character and the duo "must reconcile their vastly different backgrounds as they fill the void in each other's lives," Variety writes.
Rounding out the "Anything" cast is Micah Hauptman, Margot Bingham and Melora Hardin. McNeil is also directing the movie, which is being produced by Mark Ruffalo.
Some cis male actors have been hit with heat for playing trans characters. Jared Leto played a trans woman in "Dallas Buyers Club," which earned him an Oscar win. But while his performance was lauded, many took issue with the win. Time magazine called his portrayal a "transgender 'mammy.'" Eddie Redmayne was hit with similar backlash for starring in "The Danish Girl," playing Lili Elbe, a trans woman in the 1920s. Nevertheless, Redmayne was nominated for his role at the Academy Awards earlier this year but did not win.
In 2015, the Advocate published a piece about "transface" being an issue in Hollywood. Read that here.
Some Twitter users have already called out Bomer for his new role.
Matt Bomer who is playing a trans woman, is blocking trans actresses who want to talk to him.— Thirty Helens (@30_Helens) August 30, 2016
Good look, bro. Good look.
Congratulations to Matt Bomer on his role as a trans woman, it takes courage to attempt something that’s literally impossible for you to do.— Avery Edison (@aedison) August 29, 2016
matt bomer walks into a bar, uses a pick-up line on bette midler & this joke has no end just as casting cis ppl playing trans ppl has no end— Patience be. (@patienceinbee) August 30, 2016
Trans actress and star of Netflix's "Sense8" Jamie Clayton tweeted about Bomer's casting news as well.
She later posted a screen shot that shows Bomer apparently blocked her on Twitter.