Perhaps taking a cue from Marvel Studio’s cross gender casting of Tilda Swinton in the male role of The Ancient One in the upcoming Doctor Strange, Warner Brothers has cast singer Mariah Carey in the role of Commissioner Gordon in their animated The Lego Batman Movie.
Deadline is reporting that Carey is in negotiations with the studio to appear in The Lego Movie spinoff which is due in theaters February 10, 2017. She will star alongside Will Arnett (Batman), Ralph Fiennes (Alfred the Butler), Michael Cera (Robin), Rosario Dawson (Batgirl) and Zach Galifianakis (The Joker).
This is definitely out of the box casting, but why not? Perhaps director Chris McKay is planning on having Batman duet with Gordon on a new version of the song he sang in The Lego Movie?
Carey appears to be on a mission to rehab her acting career. When the pop singer turned to film, her first starring role, Glitter, was an unmitigated bomb and she has gone several years without an substantial acting roles until Lee Daniels cast her in his films Precious (2009) and The Butler (2013). Earlier this year, she was attached to an untitled, Christmas-themed project being developed by writers David Diamond and David Weissman and producer Jon Shestack.