Laverne Cox Dubbed with Male Voice in Italian Called 'Act of Violence' by Italian Trans Actor

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday May 13, 2021
Originally published on May 12, 2021

Universal Pictures is saying sorry to trans actor Laverne Cox after using a male voice to dub her audio in the Italian version of of the Oscar-winning "Promising Young Woman."

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, there is now a push to delay the local release of the film until a female voice can be found.

"A promotional clip of the film posted by Universal Pictures Italy on May 6 featured Cox's character, Gail, talking to lead Cassie, played by Carey Mulligan, in a distinctively masculine voice," THR reports. "The 'Orange Is the New Black' star was dubbed into Italian by the deep tones of Italian voice-over actor Roberto Pedicini. Italian viewers took to social media in outrage, forcing the studio to change the audio."

The film was set to be released in cinemas on May 13 but has since been pushbacked while the studio works on the audio.

"The studio will also re-voice local versions of 'Promising Young Woman' in other territories, including Spain and Germany, where a male actor was originally used to sync Cox's performance," THR reports.

In a statement, the Universal Pictures said they were "thankful" they had the opportunity to address the misstep and for the transgender community "opening our eyes to a bias that neither we nor many in our industry had recognized."

However, Italian trans voice actor Vittoria Schisano isn't buying it as a mistake. She called it a "straight-up act of violence" in an interview with The Guardian. Having voiced Cox in Italian before, Schisano mentioned that we was not approached to do the work.