Universal Apologizes for Dubbing Laverne Cox in ‘Promising Young Woman’ with Male Actor

Universal Pictures has issued an apology (via Entertainment Weekly) for dubbing Laverne Cox’s dialogue in the Italian release of “Promising Young Woman” with a male actor.

The Guardian first reported on the controversy May 12, noting the actor Roberto Pedicini was featured as the voice of Cox’s character.

Trans actor Vittoria Schisano told the publication that using a male actor to dub Cox was “insulting,” adding, “I’d feel bullied if I were [Cox].”“We are deeply grateful to Laverne and the transgender community for opening our eyes to a bias that neither we nor many in our industry had recognized,” Universal said in a statement.

“While there was no malicious intent behind this mistake, we are working diligently to fix it.

We have begun re-dubbing Ms.

Cox’s voice with female actors in our international territories and are pushing back release dates to ensure the correct version is available.

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