I, for one, have always been a big fan of movies with a female lead, be it Scarlett Johannson donning her costume for the formidable Black Widow in the MCU or be it J-Law being absolutely herself in any of her portrayals – Tiffany in ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, Joy Mangano in ‘Joy’ or Katniss Everdeen in ‘The Hunger Games’ or be it Meryl Streep who is often regarded as the epitome of performance arts of modern times, and who has always stood tall amongst all the actors in the otherwise male-dominated industry. While there are umpteen comparisons made on “which actor could possibly replace who” in movies nowadays, we often fail to look at the other side of the coin, which is, what if the male leads are replaced with female leads altogether?
While some naysayers may call it out as a disaster, it might still bring upon an unprecedented likeness for the otherwise stale movie roles, which is a good start. We bring to you a list of such movies and their leading roles which should’ve been offered to and played by a female actor instead, although, it didn’t happen and somehow we are forced to live with the “history” that’s been already created. Alas, we cannot change what’s out there in the open, but a lot is always left to our imagination. Protagonist or antagonist alike, some of such roles have forever been etched in our memories based on these so-called gender stereotypes. We’ve tried our best to think of an alternative to such stereotypes, and that’s about it.
And by the means of this list, we mean no disrespect or disregard to what have been unequivocally some of the greatest roles of the century. So, behold and brace yourself to make sure you don’t fall off your chair.
12. Sherlock Holmes in and as Sherlock Holmes (2009)
From industrial-era England to modern England, and from Robert Downey Jr. to Benedict Cumberbatch, we have cherished the role of Sherlock Holmes, the private investigator, as a male-dominated one. After the advent and popularity of the likes of Jessica Jones, there’s a strong need to rely on the female leads to portray such cherished super-spies; female personas are naturally wired to be spies and investigators. Questions, Sherlock?