Pixar put out a casting call for a voice actor to play its first-ever transgender character in an undisclosed upcoming project.
San Francisco-based trans rights organization Trans March first posted about the casting search on Twitter and shared Pixar’s official poster.
We have confirmed this is legit, so share away! pic.twitter.com/oKLFzyjXIL
— Trans March (@transmarch) April 20, 2021
“We talked to the casting director and they sent us this flyer,” Trans March wrote. “They’re reaching out to other orgs as well, but we got the sense we’re the first to post about it.”
The flyer provided a character description as well as specific requirements for those who would like to audition. “Pixar is casting a youth voice-over role for an upcoming animated project,” it says. “The character, Jess, is a 14-year-old transgender girl. She’s compassionate, funny, and always has your back. We’re looking for actresses 12 to 17 years old.”
The flyer lists a few additional qualities that the animated studio is looking for, including that candidates for the role must be “enthusiastic, outgoing, funny, and energetic” and that they “feel comfortable acting in front of a microphone.” Additionally, the callout is looking for an actress who can “authentically portray a 14-year-old transgender girl.”
Pixar has not yet announced the name of the project, however the company has several new films in development — Luca, set to be released in June, along with Turning Red and Lightyear, set to be released in 2022.
Watch the trailer for Luca, a story about two friends that are sea monsters from another world just below the water’s surface.