Iconic Female Roles That Were Originally Meant To Be Played By Men

Letā€™s look at women’s movie roles intended for men. Somewhere along the way in the development process, filmmakers have switched male roles to female, giving the world some of the most iconic screen characters of all time. Could you imagine Ripley in theĀ AlienĀ franchiseĀ as a man? How about Paula in theĀ The 40-Year-Old Virgin?

Sigourney Weaver has played three roles that were intended for men. Glenn Close insisted that her character inĀ The PaperĀ stay the same, including a fistfight with Michael Keatonā€™s character. Ron Mooreā€™s Starbuck, fromĀ Battlestar GalacticaĀ is still a cigar-smoking, sexual predator fighter pilot, sheā€™s just got ovaries.Ā Game of ThronesĀ chieftain, Karsi, showed us that Wildling leaders can be a woman or a man because it doesnā€™t matter when youā€™re facing off with white walkers.

Even back in 1940, director Howard Hawks made the bold choice of making a prominent character in the screen adaptation ofĀ The PaperĀ a female. Now, we canā€™t imagineĀ His Girl Fridaywithout Rosalind Russell as Hildy Johnson.

Helen Mirren and Dame Judi Dench have taken on roles previously played by men. Mirrenā€™s Hobson in the remake ofĀ ArthurĀ was just as deadpan and engaging as Sir John Gielgudā€™s. Denchā€™s has M spanned sevenĀ BondĀ films.

Women in film may face many challenges when it comes to pay, but hats off to the directors, writers, , and producers who create opportunities for women who are more qualified to play authority figures, villains, and tough characters rather than, say, a damsel in distress or run of the mill wife, girlfriend, or best friend.

What are your favorite male to female film roles? Upvote those you are most glad went to a female actress.

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