Elle Fanning plays trans boy in trailer for new film

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A trailer has been released for the new film ‘About Ray’ in which Elle Fanning plays a trans teen.

The actress, who played Aurora in Maleficent, is playing teenage Ray who must track down their estranged father (Tate Donovan) to get legal consent to allow their transition.

The film depicts Fanning’s character living with her single mother Maggie, played by Naomi Watts, and lesbian grandmother, depicted by Susan Sarandon.

Originally called Three Generations – the trailer gave us a heart warming sneak peak at what the film has in store.

“I’m done with being the exception!” Fanning’s character exclaims.

“Prolonging this doesn’t keep me a girl any longer. It just keep me being who I already am”, they continue – demanding to be recognised as their true gender.

Back when the film was announced, there was some criticism from transgender rights advocates as they cast a cisgender actress for the role, instead of hiring a trans actor.

“About Ray” is set to release later this year.