9 actresses who stole the show in roles written for men

By Erica Cupido

Sandra Bullock absolutely loved playing the lead in the new political dramedy Our Brand Is Crisis, and it's no surprise. "Calamity" Jane Bodine is unapologetic, uber-talented and will do anything to see the candidate she’s working for win. Sandra's ambitious character faces off against onscreen rival Billy Bob Thornton in the film, which made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

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Sandra Bullock as “Calamity” Jane Bodine in Our Brand Is Crisis.

But if the script hadn’t caught the 51-year-old's attention, fans may have ended up heading to theatres to see George Clooney in the role. While in Toronto, Sandra explained that when she couldn’t find a part that excited her in Hollywood, she reached out to her pal – who is one of the film’s producers – to inquire about the possibility of switching the main character from a man to a woman. He agreed, and now it’s hard to imagine anyone other than Sandra at the centre of the film, which is inspired by true events and hits theatres on Oct. 30.

The Gravity star is not the first to take on a role that was originally intended for a man, and she won’t be the last either. Charlize Theron is reportedly in talks to replace Brad Pitt in the forthcoming adaptation of Mark Greaney’s novel The Gray Man, and heavy hitters like Angelina Jolie, Viola Davis and Julia Roberts have all stepped into shoes meant for the opposite sex. Whether they vied for the roles or behind-the-scenes swaps were at hand, we've rounded up the stars who have made their mark on characters intended for men – and we couldn’t imagine any of these memorable films any other way!

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