Pixar has released a casting call looking for a young actor to voice a transgender teenage girl.
As reported by AV Club, the studio’s casting call was shared by Trans March on Twitter who stated that they had confirmed that the call-out is legitimate.
According to the image of the flyer, which has received nearly 30,000 likes, Pixar is “casting a youth voice-over role for an upcoming animated project”.
“The character, Jess, is a 14-year-old transgender girl,” it reads. “She’s compassionate, funny, and always has your back.”
The animation studio is searching for actors between 12 and 17 years old who are “enthusiastic, outgoing, funny, and energetic”.
It also asks that applicants “feel comfortable acting in front of a microphone” and that they “can authentically portray a 14-year-old transgender girl”.
The flyer encourages the legal guardians of any interested applicants to contact email@example.com.
There is no information provided on which forthcoming Pixar film the casting call is for.
According to The Disnisider, some fans have speculated that the character may feature in Turning Red – a 2022 coming-of-age film that was officially announced during last December’s Investor Day.
The studio recently featured its first LGBTQ+ supporting character in the 2020 film Onward. Lena Waithe voiced the character of Officer Specter, a cyclops cop in the adventure animation.
Last summer, Out, a nine-minute animated film that was part of Pixar’s SparkShorts program, featured the studio’s first gay main character.
Out follows Greg’s journey as he gets ready to move to an unnamed city with his boyfriend Manuel.