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Laverne Cox’s Promising Young Woman character dubbed by male actor

Laverne Cox’s character was dubbed by a male voice actor (Picture: AP)

Universal Pictures has apologised after Laverne Cox’s character in Promising Young Woman was dubbed by a male actor in the Italian version of the film.

Laverne, a transgender woman, plays Gail alongside Carey Mulligan’s Cassandra in the Emerald Fennell-directed revenge thriller.

However, a clip recently posted by Universal Pictures Italy is reported to have had voice actor Roberto Pedicini dubbing her character in a deep tone.

Italian actress Vittoria Schisano, who is also a trans woman, dubbed it a ‘straight-up act of violence’, and branded the decision ‘insulting’ when speaking to The Guardian.

A spokesperson for Universal Pictures International told the publication in a statement: ‘We are deeply grateful to Laverne and the transgender community for opening our eyes to a bias that neither we nor many in our industry had recognised.

‘While there was no malicious intent behind this mistake, we are working diligently to fix it. We have begun redubbing Ms Cox’s voice with female actors in our international territories and are pushing back release dates to ensure the correct version is available.

Nominated for 6 BAFTAs and 5 Academy Awards?? including Best Picture, Emerald Fennell???s incredible debut Promising Young Woman will join the Sky Original film line-up in a partnering with Focus Features and Universal Pictures International to bring the acclaimed film to UK audiences exclusively on Sky Cinema from 16 April. From ground-breaking Academy Award?? nominated writer/director/producer Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve), Promising Young Woman is a bold new vision that has ignited a debate starring Academy Award?? Nominee Carey Mulligan as ???Cassie???; a wickedly smart but singularly focused woman, who in order to overcome events from her past lives a double life by night. Following an unexpected encounter, Cassie is given the chance to right the wrongs of the past. Joining Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go) are Bo Burnham (The Big Sick), Alison Brie (Glow), Connie Britton (Nashville), Adam Brody (Shazam!), Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blonde), Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black), Max Greenfield (New Girl), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), Chris Lowell (The Help), Sam Richardson (Veep), Molly Shannon (Never Been Kissed) and Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption). Producers include Margot Robbie (I, Tonya), Tom Ackerley (I, Tonya), Josey McNamara (Dreamland), Ben Browning (Passengers), Ashley Fox (The Courier), Emerald Fennell (Killing Eve). Written and directed by Emerald Fennell. The highly-anticipated film makes its UK debut following acclaimed wins at the Critics??? Choice Awards and Writers Guild of America for Mulligan???s masterful performance and Fennell???s screenplay, respectfully. With cinemas currently closed in the UK, this exciting partnership will grant access to all in the UK to watch the top box office hit which is among Oscar Best Picture contenders in the US.

Universal has since apologised (Picture: Focus Features)

‘We are sorry for the pain caused but are thankful that we can address the situation on this film and prevent similar mistakes from happening again on future projects.’

Promising Young Woman follows Carey’s character as she’s traumatised by an event in her past, and seeks revenge on those who cross her path.

The Crown star Emerald won an Oscar for best original screenplay, while the film also cleaned up at the Baftas and the Critics’ Choice Awards.

Laverne has also seen huge success in recent years, winning many fans for her role as Sophia Burset in Orange is the New Black.

She went on to appear in the 2019 remake of Charlie’s Angels, as well as TV shows Dear White People and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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