Johansson accepting the role led to backlash over a cis individual playing a transgender character, a topic which has been in the news frequently over the past few years.
Rub & Tug is based on the life of 1970's Pittsburgh crime kingpin Jean Marie Gill, a woman who masqueraded as a man in order to run a massage parlor and prostitution business.
It adds: "She may even have undergone the initial stages of a sex change that made her appear masculine".
However, Johansson's casting in the role has been perceived by some online as trans actors being passed over for a role they are more suited to than their cisgender colleagues.
Needless to say, that didn't solve the problem... In 2017, Sanders directed Johansson in Ghost in the Shell, an adaptation of the Japanese manga by the same name, which sparked accusations of whitewashing after Johansson, a white woman, played Motoko Kusanagi, a Japanese character.
Members of the LGBTQ community and their allies saw the casting as insensitive because they preferred that a transgender role be played by a transgender actor. Cast actors WHO ARE TRANS as NON TRANS CHARACTERS.
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Johansson is fresh from her turn in the devastating Avengers Infinity War and was one of the last men or women left standing after The Snap.
Scarlett's casting in the role received instant backlash from a number of social media users, but in a statement issued via her representative to Bustle on Wednesday, she dismissed any criticism.
Scarlett Johansson is once again under fire for taking a controversial role.
"Diversity is important in Hollywood", she continued, "and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive".
Rupert Sanders is attached to direct the film - he previously worked together with Johansson on Ghost in the Shell - and if the finished article is as wild as the plot, we'll be very happy.
Metro.co.uk has contacted Scarlett's rep for comment.