Although this does conflict with previous reports, a new rumor suggests that Warner Bros. and director Cathy Yan are looking to cast a biracial actress to portray Black Canary in the Birds of Prey movie.
Previous reports have indicated that Warner Bros. and Cathy Yan were looking at the likes of Lady Gaga, Vanessa Kirby and Blake Lively for the role of Black Canary in Birds of Prey, but now a new rumor suggests that the studio has decided on a different approach.
According to Heroic Hollywood, a mixed-race actress is now being sought to play Canary in an effort to add some diversity to the team. Apparently, the ideal candidate would play “a world-weary Black Canary who has the ability to sing.” If accurate, this would explain why Lady Gaga was offered the role.
Though the character is typically depicted as being white in the comics, Juliana Harkavy – who is mixed-race – played an incarnation of the DC heroine on The CW’s Arrow.
Birds of Prey is currently scheduled to begin shooting early next year so hopefully we’ll get some official casting news soon. In the meantime, let us know what you make of this latest rumor in the comments.