Lots of casting news has been released on the upcoming DC film ‘Bids of Prey’. It was recently revealed that Mary’s former co-star Chris Messina, who she worked with on the 2014 film Alex of Venice, has been cast as villain Victor Zsasz, who will be working with Black Mask in the movie. The character of Zsasz is known to carve his victim tally marks into his own flesh.
Black Mask is being played by Mary’s former ‘Fargo’ co-star Ewan McGregor.
Messina joins Margot Robbie who is reprising her role as Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad, alongside Mary Elizabeth Winstead who is taking on the role of Huntress/Helena Bertinelli while Jurnee Smollett-Bell will play Black Canary. Other casting news includes Steven Williams(The Chi), Derek Wilson, Dana Lee(Dr. Ken), Francois Chau(The Expanse, The Tick) andMatthew Willig (The Ballad of Buster Scruggs). All of those roles are being kept under wraps.
Actress Ali Wong has also joined the film and is playing an associate of Renee Montoya in Gotham law enforcement.
“Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)” will be released on Feb. 7, 2020, via Warner Bros.
November 12 • by Jessica • Comments are off for this post
Last week I had mentioned that Mary would be getting an ‘artist of distinction’ award from the Newport Beach Film Festival for her amazing career, and that event took place on Sunday afternoon as Mary and fellow honorees Colman Domingo, Topher Grace and Zazie Beetz attended the event. In the gallery, I added over 20+ photos of Mary there, and have included a few videos of Mary being interviewed on what movies influenced her, acting career advice, and spoke a little about Birds of Prey. Enjoy the new content!
November 06 • by Jessica • Comments are off for this post
Variety has announced that Mary will be receiving an Artist of Distinction Award at this year’s Newport Beach Film Festival taking place on November 11 along with her former The Beauty Inside co-star Topher Grace and Fear the Walking Dead‘s Colman Domingo.
Over the past 20 years, Winstead has been portraying complex women in projects on TV (“Fargo”) and film, both studio (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”) and indie (“Smashed”). This year, she took on one of her most challenging roles as a troubled standup comedian in “All About Nina,” the feature film debut from writer-director Eva Vives. “When I read it, it was absolutely the most intimidating role I’d ever read. It was an easy yes for me obviously, because the role was so incredible,” Winstead says. Only later did the fear sink in. “The closer we got to shooting it, the more scared I started to become.”
Up next, Winstead will be seen in Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man” and “The Parts You Lose.” And she’s just landed the coveted role of Helena Bertinelli / Huntress in “Birds of Prey,” the Harley Quinn spinoff with Margot Robbie. But she’ll never abandon the indie world. “I love it,” she says of the fast pace, noting “All About Nina” was shot in 21 days. “It’s difficult for sure but in terms of the energy, the frenetic, intense energy, it’s easier to get that on a short shoot.”
Congrats to Mary on this fantastic recognition in her career! I’m very happy for her! She deserves this. 🙂
November 01 • by Jessica • Comments are off for this post
In further casting news for Birds of Prey, it has been announced that Mary’s Fargo co-star Ewan McGregor has joined the DC film as the villain Black Mask. He will join Margot Robbie who is reprising her role of Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad along with Jurnee Smollett-Bell who is playing Black Canary. Rosie Perez is playing Renee Montoya.
Black Mask is a Gotham City mob boss aka Roman Sionis who leads the False Face Society gang. In the comics, he killed his wealthy parents in order to take control of their corporation, but he was a terrible businessman and lost everything. He blames others for his shortcomings with Bruce Wayne being one of his targets.
In a recent interview this past week, director Cathy Yan confirmed that Birds of Prey will be rated R. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on February 7, 2020.
Nice to see that Nikki Swango and Ray Stussy will be reunited again! 😛
October 25 • by Jessica • Comments are off for this post
I have added brand new HQ photos of Mary attending last night’s Los Angeles premiere of the new horror film ‘Suspiria‘ which stars Dakota Johnson. After walking the carpet, she left the event with her friend Blake Lee, which I’ve also added photos of into the gallery.
October 18 • by Jessica • Comments are off for this post
Last night in Los Angeles, Mary attended the COS x Dia Art Foundation LA VIP Dinner at the Kayne Griffin Corcoran gallery where COS celebrated its ongoing partnership with the Dia Art Foundation. At the dinner, she met up with friends Kate Mara and Jaime King. I’ve added a few photos of her so just click on the thumbnails below to view them!
October 17 • by Jessica • Comments are off for this post
Earlier this week, Mary attended the 25th Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Celebration in Los Angeles. She has attended this event a couple of times over the years, so it’s always great to see her at this event and see what she ends up wearing! While there, she posed with actress Kate Beckinsale. Head to the gallery to view over 60+ images. Enjoy!
October 17 • by Jessica • Comments are off for this post
On Monday night, Mary’s episode of ‘Off Camera with Sam Jones’ aired on the Audience Network and I’ve added the photo shoot Mary did to the gallery. You can watch some of her clips below but if you want to watch the whole thing, you can do so on the Off Camera site. You can also listen to a podcast version of the show. She looks SO gorgeous in the photos. I love them!! During her interview, she revealed she almost quit acting in her 20s, how she chooses her roles, and how she viewed acting first as a kid and then as an adult.
October 12 • by Jessica • Comments are off for this post
Mary will be sitting down to appear on the interview show Off Camera With Sam Jones and her interview will air Monday night at 9pm ET/PT on The Audience Network, which is available on Direct TV and if you have ATT U-Verse. Be sure to check you listings to see if you can watch it! You can head to the gallery to see a stunning shot Sam took of Mary after her interview and watch a preview below!
October 04 • by Jessica • Comments are off for this post
Mary recently gave an interview to The Wrap while promoting her new film All About Nina and said that working with Will Smith on their new film GeminiMan was a real treat. The film, directed by Ang Lee, follows Winstead opposite Smith as an operative tasked with surveilling Smith’s character. The film follows an aging assassin (Smith) facing off against his own clone 25 years his junior, at the peak of his abilities.
“We started in February, so it was a long project, but it was really amazing,” Winstead said of filming. “It’s this big action movie, but with a heart. You know with Ang Lee directing you’re going to have some thoughtfulness behind it. Really it was a wonderful thing to be a part of. One of the reasons the movie is finally being made is that the technology is at a place where it’s possible to make it and to make it well,” Winstead said. “The technology is really kind of experimental in a lot of ways. I think Ang is really pushing the boundaries of filmmaking and the visuals and the experience of watching a movie. It’s hard for me to describe because I’m not the most tech savvy, but I think you’re going to be experiencing a completely new way of watching a movie and I’m really really excited to see the final film,” she added.
The film was a six month shoot and Mary says during that time, being around Will was amazing:
“He truly is just the most wonderful, wonderful person,” Winstead said. “He was just this shinning light. He’s just so lovely and warm and so respectful — just like thankful to be there, you know. You don’t really find that in people in his position… it was a really amazing thing to witness.”