The Crow remake casts Birdman actress as its lead villain

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May 21, 2015, 1:47 PM EDT (Updated)

Looks like the upcoming The Crow remake is about to pull a gender switch on the big bad villain by casting an actress in the role of a traditionally male character.

Deadline reports that Relativity Studios is currently in talks with British actress Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion, Birdman) to play the role of Top Dollar. The role was originally played by Michael Wincott in the 1994 cult movie.

In the James O’Barr’s graphic novel (and the movie), Top Dollar was a really bad guy who was the leader of a crime syndicate responsible for the murders of Eric Draven (Jack Huston, Boardwalk Empire) and the love of his life, Shelly Webster (Jessica Brown Findlay, Downton Abbey). Draven comes back from the dead — thanks to a crow — and goes on a murderous rampage in order to avenge his girlfriend’s death.

The Crow reboot — which will be closer to O’Barr’s original tale than the movie that starred the late Brandon Lee as a vengeful Eric Draven — is being helmed by Corin Hardy and is being produced by Edward R. Pressman, who also produced the original 1994 movie. O’ Barr serves as a consultant for the upcoming fantasy flick.

One of the most famous gender swaps of recent memory was the role of Starbuck in Ron D. Moore's Battlestar Galactica, who went from male to female, with Katee Sackhoff stepping into the original Dirk Benedict role. What do you guys think about The Crow movie changing the gender of its main villain? Do you see Andrea Riseborough in the role of Top Dollar? The movie is set to be released in 2016.

(via Deadline)