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Ewan McGregor signs on as Black Mask for Birds of Prey movie

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Jan 22, 2021, 1:50 PM EST (Updated)

Fan favorite Ewan McGregor is about to join the DC film universe as a long-awaited screen villain.

Deadline reports that the Scottish actor has been confirmed to take the role of Black Mask, the primary villain of the upcoming movie Birds of Prey.

McGregor is best known to sci-fi fans for his portrayal of the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, but has starred in a variety of films and TV shows, starting with his breakout role in Trainspotting (1996) and including both genre-related and non-genre efforts like Shallow Grave, Moulin Rouge!, The Island, Big Fish, Angels and Demons, Jack the Giant Slayer, Beauty and the Beast, and, more recently, the third season of TV's Fargo.

He is currently filming The Haunting of Hill House director Mike Flanagan's adaptation of the Stephen King novel Doctor Sleep, in which he will play the adult version of Danny Torrance, the young boy from King's classic tale The Shining.

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Black Mask has been one of Gotham City's most ruthless crime lords since 1985, when he made his debut in the pages of Batman #386. Born to wealthy parents who did not care much for him, Roman Sionis inherited their business empire when he murdered them but squandered it to become a master criminal and head of the False Face Society gang, wearing a mask carved out of the ebony wood of his father's coffin.

Black Mask remains one of Gotham's most powerful crime bosses in the comics to this day, and has surfaced in animated and live-action Batman-related TV productions (like Batman: The Animated Series, Batman: Under the Red Hood and, in a different version, on Gotham), but Birds of Prey will mark the character's feature film debut.

McGregor joins Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Black Canary), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Huntress), and Rosie Perez (Renee Montoya) in the film, which is slated to begin production in January under the direction of Cathy Yan, for a Feb. 7, 2020, release date.

What are your thoughts on McGregor putting on the famous Black Mask?