Filipino-American actress Ivory Aquino has been cast in the upcoming HBO Max movie “Batgirl” as Alysia Yeoh, the first transgender character to appear in a live-action DC film.
The Manila-born Aquino makes history as Yeoh, the best friend, and roommate of the film’s titular superhero Barbara Gordon played by Hollywood actress Leslie Grace.
Ivory Aquino of Filipino trans caregiver film “Lingua Franca“, excitedly took to Instagram to announce the news to her fans.
“Aah the bat’s out of the bag. THANK YOU for the outpouring of love from dear friends & beloved fans of #Batgirl and her #bff #AlysiaYeoh,” Ivory Aquino wrote on Instagram on January 26, 2022.
“And kudos to #DC #WarnerBrothers @hbomax for bringing onto the screens of the #DCuniverse a depiction of #trans folks that’s reflective of our existence in the world (or part of it at least!) and for recognizing how much fun we’re all gonna have with Alysia in the house,” Aquino added.
The Fil-Am actress will star alongside the cast of HBO Max’s “Batgirl” which includes actors JK Simmons, Brendan Fraser, Jacob Scipio, and Michael Keaton, who reprises his role as Batman.
Aquino is best known for her role as transgender activist Cecilia Chung in the docudrama miniseries “When We Rise.” She also portrayed Trixie in the award-winning film “Lingua Franca” by transgender Filipina filmmaker Isabel Sandoval.
“Batgirl” is slated for release on HBO Max in 2022.
Meanwhile, Marvel Studios’ new legal comedy series “She-Hulk” stars Filipino-American actress Ginger Gonzaga in the role of Walters’ best friend in the series.
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