Ewan McGregor (Christopher Robin, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith) has been tapped to play the crime lord Roman Sionis, aka Black Mask, in the Birds of Prey film, according to our friends at theWrap.
Black Mask is the criminal alias of Roman Sionis, who murdered his wealthy, status-obsessed parents to take control of the family corporation, then lost everything when he proved to be a terrible businessman. Seeking revenge on the people he blamed for his own failures — particularly Bruce Wayne and Wayne Enterprises — he returns, hidden behind an ebony black mask, at the head of a gang called the False Face Society.
“Birds of Prey” will be produced by Kroll & Co Entertainment’s Sue Kroll and Bryan Unkeless, as well as Margot Robbie who is set to reprise her role as Harley Quinn.
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Cathy Yan is set to direct. Yan is best known for writing and directing her feature debut Dead Pigs, which took home the World Cinema Dramatic Award For Ensemble Acting at Sundance earlier this year. Yan would be the third female filmmaker to join the DC universe with this film. She will also be the first Asian woman to direct a DC film.
As TheWrap first reported, Christina Hodson wrote the Birds of Prey spinoff for Warner Bros. and DC Film.
Directed by Cathy Yan, Birds of Prey stars Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell.
After splitting up with The Joker, Harley Quinn and three other female superheroes – Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya – come together to save the life of a little girl (Cassandra Cain) from an evil crime lord.
Birds of Prey is set to be released on February 7th, 2020.