First-time feature director Timothy McNeil gives fans a taste of “Anything”.
The drama stars Matt Bomer as a transgender woman who falls in love with a straight man, played by John Carroll Lynch. The flick is executive-produced by “Avengers” and “Spotlight” star Mark Ruffalo.
Set to premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival this weekend, “Anything” explores Early Landry’s (Lynch) feelings for his new neighbour, Freda (Matt Bomer), following the death of his wife. The two develop a spark, but they must navigate the complex nature of their differences.
The scene in the new teaser was shot by “Moonlight” cinematographer and Oscar nominee James Laxton.
There was some controversy surrounding the movie when it was first announced, with critics questioning why a transgender actor had not been cast in Bomer’s place. Ruffalo responded to the backlash, telling the trans community “I hear you. It’s wrenching to you see you in this pain.”
He did, however, defend the casting decision: “In all honesty I suggested Matt for the role after the profound experience I had with him while making ‘The Normal Heart’.”
“Anything” premieres Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Los Angeles Film Festival.