Does a character’s gender define them? The sheer number of characters that have been gender swapped in television and film suggest that it’s certainly not the most important thing. Some characters will go through changes in the development stage, others are a new take on a pre-existing character as part of a new story.
All of these castings are important. Read on to see the 10 gender swaps dubbed the biggest and why.
10. Freddie Lounds in Hannibal
Bryan Fuller’s prequel series based on everyone’s favorite psycho, Hannibal Lecter, introduces us to some very influential characters before The Silence of the Lambs begins. Fuller was tasked with the fun job of casting characters that fans knew and loved. One of those characters was tabloid journalist Freddie Lounds, played by Stephen Lang in Michael Mann’s Manhunter, and Philip Seymour Hoffman in Brett Ratner’s Red Dragon.
Feeling that the cast was a bit of a sausage fest, Fuller swapped Lounds’ gender, casting the brilliant Lara Jean Chorostecki in a role that portrayed Lounds as a cunning opportunist and less of a desperate creep (at least outwardly) than the previous incarnations.