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Ewan McGregor to Play Black Mask for ‘Birds of Prey’

DC nabs a McGregor

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Ewan McGregor is joining the DC Universe for the upcoming film “Birds of Prey”. The project, from Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment, is a spinoff of the film “Suicide Squad” and will expand the DC Cinematic world outside of Superman and Batman. In the film, Ewan McGregor will be taking on the role of Black Mask. The spinoff is thanks to Margot Robbie and her character Harley Quinn. While David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” got mixed-reactions from fans, Quinn was one of the more popular characters to come out of the project. Despite the negative reviews online, “Suicide Squad” made over $746M worldwide.

If you’re new to the villain Black Mask, he was once a friend of Bruce Wayne’s when they both were young. Mask’s family was wealthy, but as Bruce’s family were close and loving, Mask’s was cold and isolating. Mask is a Gotham City mobster, known also as Roman Sionis, and the leader of the False Face Society gang. Mask killed his parents, burning their house to the ground with them inside, and assumed their wealth and their business holdings. It wasn’t long before Mask squandered his parent’s wealth and ruined their businesses, and he holds many other people accountable for his downfall, most of all Bruce Wayne. Now with the mantle Black Mask, he wants revenge.

Ewan McGregor won’t be the only major name in the film, he will star alongside Margot Robbie who is once again playing the role of Harley Quinn. Joining them are Mary Elizabeth Winstead, taking on the role of Huntress, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary.

The film will be an R-rated DC installment, which is pretty rare. “Birds of Prey” is scheduled to hit theaters on February 7, 2020. In the DC world the next big release is “Aquaman,” scheduled to release on December 21st from Director James Wan. That film will feature Jason Momoa in the titular role, alongside Amber Heard and Nicole Kidman.

McGregor recently starred in the Disney film “Christopher Robin,” a film that opened at number-two back in August with a $24M debut. The film opened behind “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” and made over $193M worldwide for the studio.