George Clooney has a solution to help fix the gender imbalance in Hollywood: rewrite more male roles for women.
The actor suggested as much during the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Our Brand Is Crisis, which he helped produce. Referencing how Sandra Bullock’s leading role was originally written for a man, he said, “There’s a lot more [roles] out there if people just started thinking.”
The film sees Bullock as political strategist “Calamity” Jane Bodine, who enlists with a foreign campaign. After reaching out to Clooney to express interest in the project, those involved decided to gender-swap the role.
“About two-and-a-half years ago I put out feelers saying, ‘I’m not reading anything I’m excited about,’ ” Bullock told EW of the film. “‘Are there any male roles out there that [the filmmakers] don’t mind switching to female?’ ”
Secret In Their Eyes followed a similar trajectory. Writer-director Billy Ray was looking for a leading man to headline the film when he heard Julia Roberts was in search of a new project. Though the rumors ended up being false, he sent the actress the script and she eventually signed on.
MMA fighter Ronda Rousey was also recently cast in the Road House remake playing Patrick Swayze’s role, while Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones lead the cast of Paul Feig’s upcoming Ghostbusters reboot.