There’s been much fan furor over the decision to reboot “Ghostbusters” with an all-female cast, but a new web series called “Swapped” takes things even further by reimagining famous movie moments as they would have been had the protagonist been played by a woman instead of a man.
The woman behind the intriguing concept is comedian Dani Faith Leonard, and she explains the impetus behind the idea: “The way that women are represented in media might seem like a micro-problem, but movies have the power to influence the way we view the world,” she said in a statement accompanying the series’ premiere on Refinery29. “Women on have 31 per cent of all speaking roles and are more likely to be princesses or moms than to sit at a boardroom table. Representation on screen is a direct result of the lack of diversity behind the scenes.”
First on the agenda is “American Psycho”, with former “Matilda” star Mara Wilson playing the titular psycho, Paula Allen (the female equivalent of Paul Allen, played in the film by Jared Leto) in the infamous business card scene. Watch: