Aussie star Margot Robbie will be reprising her role as Harley Quinn and will be producing the film, which will also star Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Huntress and Black Canary respectively. And now you can add McGregor to the expanding cast list.
As per The Wrap, McGregor is now in final negotiations to play Black Mask aka Roman Sionis, a villain who, in the comics, is one of Batman’s most enduring enemies. The character, who first appeared on the page in 1985, is often depicted as a brutal and ruthless crime lord with a thing for masks and torture.
Roman grew up with wealthy parents reluctantly associating with Thomas and Martha Wayne due to their social status, forcing him to befriend their son, future Batman, Bruce. Roman’s resentment of high society grew, and when his parents failed to approve his love of a working class girl, he killed them and burned down the family mansion, inheriting their fortune and company in the process. When his personal life crumbles following a business error, Bruce offers a bailout on the condition that the Wayne company appoints their directors. Suffice it to say, Roman sets off on path to become the crime lord Black Mask.
Centering around a group of female characters, both heroes and villains, Birds of Prey will be coming to the screen with an R rating (US classification). Director Cathy Yen (Dead Pigs) confirmed the film’s classification while on stage at the U.S.-China Entertainment Summit.
Talking to reporters about the screenplay written by Christina Hodson (Bumblebee), Yan said: “I could not put the script down, it had so much dark humor to it which a lot of my work does, and there are themes of female empowerment which are so strong and relateable.”
Birds of Prey, also starring Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, a character that has had quite the evolution from her start as a Gotham City detective, is scheduled to open in US cinemas on 7 February 2020.
McGregor was recently seen in Disney’s Christoper Robin and will soon be seen in The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep, where he’ll be playing an older Danny Torrance.