13 Notable Male Roles Rewritten as Amazing Women

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High Fidelity is the best-selling novel by Nick Hornby that was adapted into the 2000 film starring John Cusack.

It is now being developed into a TV series with one major change: the lead role is being written for a woman.

Let's check out some of the other times that a woman stepped into a role originally created for a man.

1. Jennifer Goines (12 Monkeys)

Jennifer Goines (12 Monkeys)
Brad Pitt played Jeffrey Goines in the 1995 sci-fi film. When 12 Monkeys was adapted for TV, Jeffrey became Jennifer, giving us Emily Hampshire's show-stopping performance.

2. Kara "Starbuck" Thrace (Battlestar Galactica)

Kara "Starbuck" Thrace (Battlestar Galactica)
When Ronald D. Moore's re-imagining of Battlestar Galactica announced that Starbuck was going to be a woman, there were many skeptics. Katee Sackhoff ultimately landed the role and quickly won over viewers with her powerful portrayal.

3. Lenny (Legion)

Lenny (Legion)
Showrunner Noah Hawley first envisioned David's friend Lenny as a middle-aged man. Once he met Aubrey Plaza, Hawley rewrote the role so she could play it.

4. Jeri Hogarth (Marvel Netflix Universe)

Jeri Hogarth (Marvel Netflix Universe)
In adapting comic character Jeryn Hogarth for the Marvel/Netflix franchise, he became a she. Played by Carrie-Anne Moss, Jeri Hogarth is a fierce lawyer and the first lesbian character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

5. Joan Watson (Elementary)

Joan Watson (Elementary)
In this modern-day interpretation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary stories, Lucy Liu plays former surgeon Joan Watson, a consulting detective and Sherlock Holmes' sober companion.

6. The Doctor (Doctor Who)

The Doctor (Doctor Who)
While not a role that was ever explicitly written for a man, Jodie Whittaker is the first woman to step into the TARDIS as the Doctor. She made her debut in the 2017 Christmas special, and her first full season begins this fall.

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