Pixar is seeking a young actor to voice a new transgender character reports Yahoo entertainment.
One year ago, Pixar introduced its first LGBTQ+ character — voiced by openly gay writer and actor Lena Waithe — in the Oscar-nominated feature Onward. Now, the animation studio is looking to break another barrier. A casting notice first posted by the official Twitter account for the annual San Francisco Trans March earlier this week reveals that Pixar is seeking a transgender performer to provide the voice of a transgender girl in an upcoming animated project.
Sorry folks, we should have been more specific with how we know this is real. We talked to the casting director and they sent us this flyer. They're reaching out to other orgs as well, but we got the sense we're the first to post about it.
— Trans March (@transmarch) April 20, 2021
In a follow-up tweet, SF Trans March said that they had confirmed the authenticity of the casting notice with the project’s casting director. “We talked to the casting director and they sent us this flyer,” the group’s statement reads. “They’re reaching out to other orgs as well, but we got the sense we’re the first to post about it.”
Although the casting notice doesn’t provide any details about the plot of the project, or whether it will be a full-length feature or a short film, it does offer a compelling sketch of this pioneering Pixar character. Jess is described as a 14-year-old transgender girl who is “compassionate, funny and always has your back.” The notice goes on to say that Pixar is looking for an actress between 12 and 17 years old who is “enthusiastic, outgoing, funny and energetic” and “can authentically portray a 14-year-old transgender girl.”