New York Times Interviews Mary About ‘Dying City’

Now that the Off-Broadway play Dying City is taking place, Mary was recently interviewed by The New York Times about what made her want to finally get into the theater world, her work in Gemini Man, and how she enjoyed playing the role of Nikki Swango in FX’s Fargo. Below are some highlights but click the link above to read it in full. I’ve also added her photo shoot outtake into the gallery.

 

 

What made you change your mind about doing a play?

I did this PBS show called “Mercy Street” with a cast of theater actors. I came at it with an inferiority complex but they really encouraged me to try. At that point I thought I could do the Williamstown Theater Festival or something, dip my toes in. Then the script [for “Dying City”] came when I had been doing “Gemini Man” and “Birds of Prey,” back-to-back, wall-to-wall action movies — which was really fun, but I was starting to crave something intimate and personal. I thought, “That’s it, that’s what I have to do. I need something new to challenge myself.” It was sort of a no-brainer so I auditioned. I think they were already interested in me but I didn’t realize it and I was like, “Please, let me have this part!” [laughs].

In “Fargo,” Nikki struts around as if she were always in control. Was it as fun to play her as it looks?

I loved [the role] but I was like, “Me? Really? This is what you want me to play?” I was a little bit perplexed because I was expecting some sort of Minnesota-nice character. I guess I was surprised that I would be playing someone so brash and tough and sexy and ballsy — all of those things I never attributed to myself. Usually there tends to be some sort of sweetness in what I’m offered, or bookishness. But I love it when I’m offered something in the opposite direction.

“Gemini Man” is a big action thriller. Did you get to hang from a helicopter? That seems to happen a lot in this type of film.

No, but I do a lot of running around and I get to fight some people. I had to train in jiu jitsu, do a little tactical gun training — there’s some shootouts. “Birds of Prey” was the next level up. In “Gemini Man” I’m a D.I.A. [Defense Intelligence Agency] agent who’s been hired to keep an eye on Will Smith, but in “Birds of Prey” I play this assassin who’s been trained since childhood. It’s all women and genuinely funny and weird. It feels from the ’90s, in the best way.

Dying City takes place at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theater, with opening set for June 3 and will run until June 30. (Previews are currently taking place).

You can purchase tickets here and if you’re 30 years old and under, can purchase tickets for $30. More info for that is on the ticket site. There is also a great Memorial Day deal going on where you can get two tickets for the price of $40 using the code DCSM40.

‘Dying City’ Production Stills

Previews for the Off-Broadway play Dying City have already begun and four new stills with Mary have been released. You can view them all by heading to the gallery or clicking the pics below.

 

 

Here is the plot synopsis:

Written and directed by Christopher Shinn, Dying City stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Colin Woodell.

Christopher Shinn’s intimate and compassionate play, Dying City, is set in a sparse Manhattan apartment, where a young widow receives an unexpected visit from the twin brother of her deceased husband. Dying City explores the human fallout of global events, including the Iraq War and the terrorist attacks of 9/11, through the interwoven stories of three unforgettable characters in this 2008 Pulitzer finalist.

Dying City takes place atSecond Stage’s Tony Kiser Theater, with opening set for June 3 and will run until June 30.

You can purchase tickets here and if you’re 30 years old and under, can purchase tickets for $30. More info for that is on the ticket site. There is also a great Memorial Day deal going on where you can get two tickets for the price of $40 using the code DCSM40.

 

‘Kate’ to Begin Filming This Fall in Tokyo

After it was previously announced late last month that Mary would be playing a deadly assassin in a new Netflix film, it’s now been revealed that filming will begin on September 19 in Japan with additional scenes to possibly be shot in Thailand. More plot details have also been released:

Ani, a Yakuza Princess, is a spoiled brat that is deeply connected to the criminal underworld of the Yakuza in Tokyo, Japan. She is both prone to profanity and seems much more mature than her age would suggest. After being poisoned, Kate kidnaps Ani for leverage to infiltrate the Japanese Yakuza and track down her murderer with less than 24 hours to live.

According to HN Entertainment, Netflix is looking to cast young Asian actresses in the lead role of Ani along with how the character factors into the plot opposite Winstead in the Toyko-set action flick.

Below is the casting breakdown for the role of Ani.

LEAD ROLE OF ANI

*12-15

*FEMALE

*ASIAN, SOUTHEAST ASIAN OR PACIFIC ISLANDER 

*SPEAKS BOTH JAPANESE & ENGLISH – FLUENCY NOT REQUIRED 

Ani, a Yakuza Princess, is a spoiled brat that is deeply connected to the criminal underworld of the Yakuza in Tokyo, Japan. She is both prone to profanity and seems much more mature than her age would suggest. After being poisoned, Kate kidnaps Ani for leverage to infiltrate the Japanese Yakuza and track down her murderer.

The film is also being produced by Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2 director David Leitch (John Wick). No release date for the movie has been announced.

‘Dying City’ Cast Meets the Press

Previews will soon begin for Mary’s off-Broadway play ‘Dying City‘ and Mary along with her co-star/scene partner Colin Woodell and director/playwright Christopher Shinn were in New York for a meet the press event. Mary also brought her dog Ambrosius and posed with him. Head to the gallery to see all the photos!

 

Previews begin May 14 at Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theater, with opening set for June 3 and will run until June 30.

You can purchase tickets here and if you’re 30 years old and under, can purchase tickets for $30. More info for that is on the ticket site.

The two-member company is made up of Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Colin Woodell. Dying City is set in a sparse Manhattan apartment, where a young widow receives an unexpected visit from the twin brother of her deceased husband. The work is described as exploring “the human fallout of global events, including the Iraq War and the terrorist attacks of 9/11, through the interwoven stories of three unforgettable characters.”

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Mary to Play An Assassin in New Netflix Film!

After just completing her work in Birds of Prey as Huntress, landing the female lead in the off Broadway play Dying City and with Gemini Man coming into theaters later this year in October, Mary is on a roll lately and on fire! Clearly she’s focusing on her work and it’s just been announced by Variety that she will star in the Netflix film Kate.

The film follows a female assassin (Winstead), who, after being poisoned and given less than 24 hours to live, must go on a manhunt through the streets of Tokyo to take vengeance on her murderer before she dies. Filming is expected to begin later this year.

Cedric Nicolas-Troyan will direct the film and it will produced by Bryan Unkeless — who most recently worked with Winstead on the Harley Quinn spinoff, “Birds of Prey” — “Hobbs & Shaw” and “Deadpool 2” producer Kelly McCormick, and Patrick Newall. “Hobbs & Shaw” director David Leitch is exec producing with Scott Morgan.

 

CONGRATS, MARY!! Can’t wait to see you kick ass once again!

Gemini Man Gets Trailer/Poster Release; New Set Photos!

I’m so excited to share a huge update with you guys–A brand new trailer has been released for Gemini Man, which will be hitting theaters on October 11! Along with a trailer, Paramount also released a poster featuring Will Smith and just yesterday, Mary, Will and Victor Hugo (Will’s stand in) were spotted on set in NYC filming reshoots. Head to the gallery to check out all of the new photos and see the trailer below:

Trailer Screencaps

Filming reshoots in NYC (4/22/2019)


Poster

Directed by Ang Lee, Gemini Man is an innovative action-thriller starring Will Smith as Henry Brogan, an elite assassin, who is suddenly targeted and pursued by a mysterious young operative that seemingly can predict his every move. Clive Owen and Benedict Wong also star in the film. This movie looks so good! Can’t wait to see it!

Christopher Shinn to Direct ‘Dying City’

Playwright and director Christopher Shinn will direct the upcoming revival of his play Dying City at Second Stage this spring. Shinn directed his own work in the past (including 2004’s Where Do We Live), replaces Lila Neugebauer (Waverly Gallery, Mary Page Marlowe)who was previously announced as the show’s director.

2ST’s Dying City will star Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Colin Woodell. Performances will begin May 14 ahead of a June 3 opening in the Tony Kiser Theater.

Set in a sparse Manhattan apartment, Dying City explores the human fallout of global events, including the Iraq War and 9/11. The play, a 2008 Pulitzer Prize finalist that was first seen at London’s Royal Court in 2006, is the story of a young widow who receives an unexpected visit from the twin brother of her deceased husband.

You can buy tickets here on the 2ST website or find discounts for tickets HERE. You can also purchase tickets in person at the Tony Kiser Theater located at 305 West 43rd Street New York, NY 10036.

New ‘Birds of Prey’ Set Photos

Mary was spotted on the set of Birds of Prey in Los Angeles yesterday (3/31). In the photos, you can see her wearing her Huntress costume while the rest is covered up. Birds of Prey will hit theaters on February 7, 2020 and will also star Margot Robbie and Journee Smollett-Bell. Be sure to head to the gallery to see all the HQ photos! She looks so great. You can tell she really bulked up for the role.

 

‘Dying City’ Tickets Now Available!

Tickets for Mary’s off-Broadway debut in Christopher Shinn’s Dying City play are now available! The theater is located at 305 West 43rd Street New York, NY 10036. (The Tony Kiser Theater). You can see the play for $30 if you’re under 30. There is also a BroadwayBox discount running. More info can be found on their site here.

You can also purchase tickets at the Second Stage website here.