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Batgirl casts Ivory Aquino to play first trans character in DC film

Batgirl, set at HBO Max, also features actors Leslie Grace, J.K. Simmons, Brendan Fraser, Michael Keaton and Jacob Scipio.

By: PTI | Los Angeles |
January 25, 2022 5:05:02 pm
Ivory AquinoIvory Aquino in Lapsis. (Photo: msivoryaquino/Instagram)

When We Rise actor Ivory Aquino has been roped in to essay the role of Alysia Yeoh in upcoming DC Comic movie Batgirl. According to Deadline, Yeoh’s appearance will mark the first time a live-action film adaptation of a DC Comics title will feature an openly trans character.

The character, which first appeared in a 2011 issue of Batgirl written by Gail Simone and penciled by Ardian Sya, is the best friend of the titular superhero aka Barbara Gordon.

The film, set at HBO Max, also features actors Leslie Grace, J.K. Simmons, Brendan Fraser, Michael Keaton and Jacob Scipio.

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are directing the movie.

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Aquino, a transgender in real life, is best known for her performance in the Netflix series When They See Us and Tales of the City as well as ABC’s When We Rise.

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