A Star Wars alum is making his way into the DCEU. According to Umberto Gonzalez at The Wrap, Ewan McGregor is joining the cast of Birds of Prey as the villain, Black Mask.
McGregor will join the cast which already includes Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and Rosie Perez. His filmography includes Star Wars, Trainspotting, and a stint on the Fargo TV series, where he met his girlfriend and co-star, Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
Black Mask made his first comic appearance in 1985 as a minor mob boss. The character rose to prominence following his role in the Batman: Arkham video games.
Birds of Prey will see Harley Quinn (Robbie) team up with Black Canary (Smollett-Bell), Huntress (Winstead), and Renne Montoya (Perez). The plot will center around the group attempting to rescue Cassandra Cain from the main antagonist of the film, Black Mask (Mcgregor).
Cathy Yan, best known for her film Dead Pigs, is set to direct the female-centric film. Robbie is also attached as a producer and has been heavily involved in the development of the film.
Robbie had this to say about the project:
“Actually, the ones that excite me most don’t have superpowers at all but they have, you know, pretty great backstories and all could kind of live in the world with Harley and create this cool dynamic. Because I don’t think girl groups… I mean all my girlfriends, we’re a huge girl gang and we’re not all the same person, everyone’s very different. I guess I was really trying to put that on screen — the way we exist in everyday life as a big girl gang. Why can’t we watch that in films more?”
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Birds of Prey hits theaters February 7, 2020