Warner Bros. confirmed the rumor today that Ewan McGregor will be the latest villain to menace Gotham City in the Suicide Squad spin-off Birds of Prey. McGregor will be playing Black Mask—a relatively new Batman villain whose alter-ego, Roman Sionis, is a major crime lord in the city. McGregor will be menacing Margot Robbies Harley Quinn, Jurnee Smollett-Bells Black Canary, Rosie Perezs Renee Montoya, Mary Elizabeth Winsteads Huntress, and an as-yet un-cast Batgirl a.k.a. Cassandra Cain. This marks a reunion of sorts for Fargo co-stars and rumored real-life couple McGregor and Winstead.
This isnt McGregors first foray into either the land of villainy or franchise filmmaking. The Trainspotting star trotted out his best Alec Guinness impression way back in 1999 to play Obi-Wan Kenobi for the Star Wars prequels. Rumor has it he may slip back into the Jedi robes again for Stephen Daldrys Kenobi spin-off movie. (If indeed that film is still happening.) Hes been cozily ensconced over at Disney studios appearing in both Beauty and the Beast and Christopher Robin but this new Suicide Squad spin-off will prove much harder fare.
Should director Cathy Yans pack of heroes win the day, then we can expect McGregor to be on the receiving end of some punishing female-driven anger. Hes no stranger to that either having taken a beating from M.M.A. fighter Gina Carano in Steven Soderberghs Haywire (starting at 4:08).
Its quite another thing, one imagines, being on the other side of blows delivered by someone reported to be your fairly new girlfriend. But McGregor can perhaps count himself lucky, then, that Winsteads character Huntress usually prefers arrows over punches.
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