Rub & Tug movie

Scarlett Johansson is re-teaming with the director of Ghost in the Shell for the true story Rub & Tug. Johansson will play a real-life figure who took on the mafia, all while running a series of illicit massage parlors.

Deadline has the scoop on the story, saying Rub & Tug is being sold as “an American Hustle-like true story in which Rupert Sanders will direct Scarlett Johansson in the fact-based story of a woman who flourished in a male-dominated business of massage parlors and prostitution by essentially taking on the physical identity of a man,” adding:

“Gill was a larger-than-life character who took on the mob and became the crime kingpin of 1970s Pittsburgh through [their] empire of illicit massage parlors and an anabolic steroids ring that helped fuel the Pittsburgh Steelers’ NFL dynasty, all the while…leaning on [their] allies in the gay community to help grow [an] empire. However, it is [Gill]’s fiery romance with…girlfriend Cynthia that truly defines…and forms the emotional core of the story.

Update: When we originally reported this story, we stated simply that Gill was a “crossdresser.” This information was based off of info gleamed from several trades reporting on the story. However, as an article at Screen Crush indicates, Gill actually “lived as a transmasculine person.” We regret and apologize for not reporting this story correctly.

Rub & Tug is expected to start production in February 2019.

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