Ewan McGregor is in final negotiations to play the villain Black Mask in Warner Bros. Pictures‘ Birds of Prey, according to TheWrap. He joins a cast that includes Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya.
Black Mask is a Gotham City mob boss created by Doug Moench and Tom Mandrake. He first appeared in Batman #386 in August of 1985. The character is a brutally sadistic kingpin in Gotham City’s criminal underworld who has a fixation with masks.
Robbie, who is also producing, previously said Birds of Prey will be “different,” rated R, and made with a “much smaller budget.”
Cathy Yan will direct the Warner Bros. release from a script by Christina Hodson. Birds of Prey will be produced by Robbie, Kroll & Co Entertainment’s Sue Kroll, and Clubhouse Pictures’ Bryan Unkeless.
Warner Bros. and DC recently set a February 7, 2020 release date for the film.