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Ewan McGregor Dons The Black Mask Against The Birds Of Prey

While he’s delighted us as the ever noble Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, the enchanting Lumiere in Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast and more recently the quiet, sedate, nostalgia-inducing Christopher Robin, Ewan McGregor (Jane Got a Gun, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) is set to charm us in ways infinitely more nefarious as he takes to the silver screen as the sadistic mobster Black Mask.

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One of the bat’s many antagonists, Black Mask’s character history functions very much like a mirror to Batman’s, an inverted parallel where he inherits his family’s wealth — and cold, ruthless nature — after brutally murdering his own parents.

If he’s to be an antagonist in DC’s upcoming Birds of Prey film, then he’ll be pitted against the iconic Harlequin — with the infinitely charismatic Margot Robbie (Suicide Squad, I, Tonya) reprising her role — Huntress — played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane) — and Jurnee Smollett-Bell’s (True Blood, Underground) Black Canary. He’s also likely to run afoul with the honourable Detective Renee Montoya — Rosie Perez (Pitch Perfect 2) — and a currently yet-to-be-cast half-Asian Cassandra Cain, AKA Batgirl.

Birds of Prey will hit theatres on February 7, 2020; and fans who want something grittier will be happy to know that Director Cathy Yan has confirmed a definite R-rating.

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