Elle Fanning Unrecognizable as Transgender Teenager in 'About Ray' Trailer

by Jackie Willis 11:26 AM PDT, August 07, 2015
Playing Elle Fanning Unrecognizable as Transgender Teenager in 'About Ray' Trailer

Elle Fanning is taking on a challenging new role as seen in the latest trailer for About Ray.

The 17-year-old actress portrays Ray, a teenager who transitions from female to male. The emotional trailer shows how his family must come to terms with the teen's decision.

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Susan Surandon portrays Ray's grandmother trying to understand her grandchild's gender transition. Naomi Watts plays Ray's single mother and supports her child. "There is no Ramona anymore, it’s just Ray," she says.

About Ray, which hits theaters on Sept. 18, has caused some controversy in the transgender community. Some are up upset that a non-transgender actor is portraying a transgender character.

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Fanning isn't the only actress this year to portray a transgender role. Karla Mosley shared with ET how she feels about portraying a transgender woman on the CBS daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful.

"This is just the next frontier," Mosley said. "It's the next community that deserves to be recognized and respected in our media."