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Many actors sought the lead role during a three-year casting process before Swank was cast.
Swank was chosen because her personality seemed similar to Teena's.
Most of the film's characters were based on real-life people; others were composites.
Filming occurred during October and November 1998 in the Dallas, Texas area.
Boys Don't Cry is a 1999 American biographical film directed by Kimberly Peirce and co-written by Peirce and Andy Bienen.
The film is a dramatization of the real-life story of Brandon Teena, an American trans man played in the film by Hilary Swank, who adopts a male identity and attempts to find himself and love in Nebraska but falls victim to a brutal crime perpetrated by two male acquaintances.
Boys Don't Cry, which dealt with controversial issues, When Brandon is discovered to be transgender by a former girlfriend's brother, he receives death threats.The film co-stars Chloë Sevigny as Teena's girlfriend.After reading about the case while in college, Peirce conducted extensive research for a screenplay, which she worked on for almost five years.Lana attempts to stop them, but the pair drive to Candace's remote house where they find Brandon, who has been hiding in a nearby shed.John shoots Brandon under the chin, killing him instantly.