This is all around very exciting news, and I for one, am suuuuuuuper excited about this! It was just announced via THR that the director of the John Wick films Chad Stahelski, has been brought on board by Warner Bros. to oversee second unit photography for Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn).
Though Cathy Yan is directing the film, reshoots are rumored to begin next month, and Stahelski will then be brought in, taking an uncredited role and tackling and designing new action scenes for the movie.
Hitting theaters on February 7, 2020, Birds of Prey follows the story of Margot Robbie’s character Harley Quinn from the Suicide Squad films gathering up other female heroes such as Black Canary (Jurnee Bell) and the Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) to take on a crime lord by the name of Black Mask (Ewan McGregor).
In other news, The Parts You Lose will be playing at the Fin Atlantic International Film Festival on September 19 at 2pm in Halifax, NS! You can purchase tickets for that event HERE.
February 21 by JessicaComments are off for this post
Just as the title reads, today (February 21), Mary was spotted on the set of Birds of Prey in Los Angeles filming a scene as her character Huntress. In it, it seems that her character is following Margot Robbie’s character Harley Quinn and actress Ella Jay Basco who plays Cassandra Cain. Head to the gallery to check out the new photos!
February 18 by JessicaComments are off for this post
Two new actresses have been added to the long list of the Birds of Prey cast. First up is actress Charlene Amoia. Amoia, who played Wendy the Waitress in CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, will play Maria Bertinelli, the mother of Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s vigilante the Huntress/Helena Bertinelli and the wife of mafia syndicate gangster Franco Bertinelli.
And according to the imdb cast list, Ella Mika will be playing a ‘young Helena Berinelli’ in the film.
Additionally, it is being rumored that if Birds of Prey does well at the box office, we could potentially see a spinoff of Mary’s character the Huntress.
According to sources close to We Got This Covered, Warner Bros. is developing solo movies for Huntress, Black Canary and Cassandra Cain that could be going into production if Birds of Prey proves a big enough hit at the box office. Additionally, it’s said that Rosie Perez’s character Renee Montoya could be getting the same treatment, too, though this possibility is deemed less likely.
This is very exciting news! Can’t wait to see the first trailer for the movie.
Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) will hit theaters on February 7, 2020.
February 09 by JessicaComments are off for this post
The first photos of Mary on set of Birds of Prey have finally arrived! Mary was spotted Friday night filming a scene as her character Helena Bertinelli/Huntress and was there with her stunt double Hayley Wright. Head to the gallery to check out the huge update featuring 70 behind the scene photos! A gigantic thanks to twitter user bopupdates for the help.
Birds of Prey will hit theaters on February 7, 2020 and is directed by Cathy Yan.
January 28 by JessicaComments are off for this post
A production teaser featuring the cast of Birds of Prey has been released and you can watch it below. I’ve also added HQ caps of Mary as her character Huntress from the 20 second clip into the gallery as well. The film will be released into theaters on February 7, 2020.
The synopsis for the film is as follows: After splitting up with The Joker, Harley Quinn and three other female superheroes – Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya – come together to save the life of a little girl (Cassandra Cain) from an evil crime lord.
Margot Robbie reprises her role as Harley along with Jurnee Smollett-Bell in the role of Dinah Lance/Black Canary, Ewan McGregor as Black Mask, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya and Chris Medina as Victor Zsasz.
December 14 by JessicaComments are off for this post
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 JessicaComments 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 01 by JessicaComments 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! 😛
September 28 by JessicaComments are off for this post
Mary is having a busy couple of days as she’s been hot on the trail promoting her new film All About Nina which is in select theaters today in New York and Los Angeles! First up is an interview with Collider where Mary talked about All About Nina and working on her upcoming film Gemini Man opposite Will Smith, which hits theaters October 4, 2019:
What most excited you about playing this character?
WINSTEAD: Probably everything about who she is. She felt really different from me. Every time you play a character, you get a little something from them, so I feel like I’ve got a little bit of her in me now. I felt like I wanted to know what it would be like to be her, and to bring that to life. Also, once I met with Eva and learned that the character’s backstory is based largely on her own personal backstory, it felt like a really important thing to get to be a part of. I’m telling Eva’s story, speaking her truth, and being a part of something bigger than just the comedy that it looks like on the surface.
Along with everything else you have to do in this movie, you also have to do impersonations. How did you decide who you would do impersonations for? Were there a bunch of different ones that you tried?
WINSTEAD: We tried a bunch of them. Some of them were scripted, so we tried those. And then, I came up with some that I thought I might be more suited to do. I’ve never done impressions before, in my life. Everybody probably has certain people that they’re more suited to doing an impression of because of the tone of their voice or a look in their face, or something. I knew I could sing, so I thought that was a good place to start. I knew that my voice could go towards Cher, Shakira, Céline Dion, Britney Spears, or Christina Aguilera. Björk made it into the movie. She’s one that I always do around the house, so I figured that I could throw that in. And then, Werner Herzog came out of the fact that, whenever I hear him, he sounds very similar to my Björk impression. So, I came forth with my ideas of who I thought I could impersonate, and Jamie Loftus, who was our comedy consultant, helped us a lot with all of the comedy stuff. We would get together and come up with how we could use the impersonations.
You also have Gemini Man coming out, which sounds like it uses some crazy high tech stuff. What was that experience like and what most surprised you about the approach to all of that?
WINSTEAD: It was an incredibly amazing and totally unique experience. We worked on it for nearly six months. I just wrapped it not too long ago, and it was amazing. It was so incredible to get to work with Ang Lee on something that’s this big action movie, but also this experimental drama, all wrapped together. The technology feels very experimental, in a way. Ang is really pushing the envelope of that and what it can do, and he’s also experimenting with what you can get away with, under the umbrella of an action movie, what you can talk about, and how sensitive you can be. It was really great to get to explore all of those things with him, and with Will [Smith], as well, who is just one of the most wonderful people you could ever be working beside, for months at a time. He’s so positive and uplifting for everybody, in a really amazing way that I was really blown away by.
What kind of character are you playing in that?
WINSTEAD: I play an operative with the DIA, who’s been hired to watch Will Smith’s character. He is a sniper for the government who’s retired, and I don’t really know why exactly I’ve been hired to spy on him and keep an eye on him. He starts to catch on to the fact that he’s being watched, and once we realized that there’s no real reason for it, we start to realize that maybe there’s something nefarious happening within our government and within our own people. And so, I team up with him to fight back against them, and we go on the run together, from our own government, who are trying to hunt him down for reasons that we don’t understand. And then, we come to find that he’s been cloned and he’s basically being hunted down by a younger clone of himself. All of these questions emerge about our government, about ourselves, about society, and about all of these things that come from it. It’s a complex plot, but I think it’s an exciting thriller/drama. I’m excited to see how it turns out.
September 27 by JessicaComments are off for this post
Now that Mary has landed the role of The Huntress in DC’s Birds of Prey opposite Margot Robbie, Mary is able to talk a little about playing the character of Helena Berinelli. Here is what she dished to The Wrap:
“I’m going to start training, and I’ll be learning how to shoot a bow and arrow, too — which is new for me.” She continued:
“I can’t say that I was a huge comic book reader. But when I met with Cathy Yan, who’s directing the film, and learned kind of the back story of the character, I was really interested,” added the actress. “It’s a really strong, kind of emotional place to start from for a superhero character. I won’t go into too much detail now, but I think it’s interesting and an opportunity to do something cool with this kind of character,” she said.
The film will be directed by Cathy Yan with a screenplay by Christina Hodson, who is also writing “Batgirl” and Winstead is happy to be on a set that will be more female driven: “It’s really exciting, and even the process of going through getting the role and everything was a very different experience than I’ve typically been through,” Winstead said. “Being with the other actresses and a female director and just the whole energy behind this is so unique, so I’m really happy about that.”
Mary also spoke with The Observer about how the film could change the superhero genre:
“I think it opens it up to a new perspective and artistic energy that I think is needed in that world,” she said. “That’s not to say that the films that have already come along aren’t good or valid or worthy in their own way. But I think more perspectives in every aspect are needed.” She continued… “I think the perspective is really interesting and different for a superhero film in that sense…And the idea of suiting up into a superhero suit and it being from the female gaze is really interesting.”