Tony Shalhoub, Anthony LaPaglia Join Gender-Reassignment Thriller 'Tomboy'

Caitlin Gerard has also boarded the action movie, in which Michelle Rodriguez is playing a hitman turned into a hitwoman.
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Tony Shalhoub and Anthony LaPaglia are joining the cast of Tomboy, A Revenger's Tale, the gender-swapping action movie to be directed by Walter Hill. Caitlin Gerard, who co-starred in the TV series American Crime, has also boarded the production.

Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver are starring in the project, which is getting ready to roll before cameras in Vancouver next week and for which the Solution Entertainment Group is handling international sales at the American Film Market.

The script, written by Hill from a story by Denis Hamill, centers on an ace assassin (Rodriguez) who is double-crossed by gangsters and falls into the hands of rogue surgeon (Weaver) known as "The Doctor," who turns him into a woman. The hitman (now a hitwoman) sets out for revenge, aided by a nurse named Johnnie, who also has secrets.

Shalhoub will play a Californian psychiatrist who specializes in unusual cases while LaPaglia is a man named "Honest John," a criminal who operates under the guise of a small business with many different entrepreneurial investments. Gerard will play Johnnie the nurse.

Said Ben Said (Maps to the Stars) and Michel Merkt of SBS are producing. ICM Partners is representing North American rights.

Shalhoub and LaPaglia previously worked together when they both starred in Broadway’s comedy Lend Me a Tenor in 2009.

Shalhoub, best known for his award-winning work as the obsessive compulsive detective on Monk, did a stint on Nurse Jackie and voiced Splinter in the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies.

LaPaglia, best known for Without a Trace, has been focusing on indies such as the Australian movie A Month of Sundays and the British movie The Eichmann Show.   

The pair are repped by ICM Partners. Gerard is repped by Gersh and Management 360.