Ewan McGregor cast as villain Black Mask in Margot Robbie's 'Birds of Prey'

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Looks like Margot Robbie's girl gang has a formidable foe

Just when you thought The Shining sequel was enough to fulfill your Ewan McGregor needs. Warner Bros has nabbed the 47-year-old actor to play the villain in Margot Robbie's Birds of Prey!

According to industry sources, McGregor will play Gotham City’s underground crime lord Roman Sionis a/k/a Black Mask. First introduced in Batman No. 386, Sionis is known as a master of torture and intimidation techniques whose personal vendettas against key Gotham figures including Bruce Wayne, ultimately led to the rise of Sionis' alter-ego Black Mask and his vigilante terrorist organization, the False Face Society.

Standing opposite Ewan McGregor will be Margot Robbie and her badass "girl gang" co-starring Friday Night Lights Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Gotham's world class street fighter - Dinah Lance a/k/a Black Canary, and 10 Cloverfield Lane's Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Gotham's fierce female vigilante - Helena Bertinelli a/k/a Huntress. Rosie Perez is on board to play Gotham City police detective Renee Montoya.

If you would've have told me a year ago I would be sitting here, counting down to a Todd Phillips directed Joker standalone and Cathy Yan's Birds of Prey, I would have called you f-n crazy. Yet here we are, closer than ever from seeing both projects hit the big screen.

Cathy Yan's Birds of Prey is scheduled for release on February 7, 2020.

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