New Cast Members Join Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Netflix’s ‘Kate’

Casting for Mary’s upcoming Netflix film ‘KATE’ has been completed and Variety has learned that Tadanobu Asano, Michiel Huisman, Jun Kunimura, Miyavi Lee Ishihara and newcomer Miku Martineau have all joined the cast alongside Woody Harrelson.

The movie follows the story of a female assassin, 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. In the process, she forms an unexpected bond with the daughter of one of her past victims.

The movie will be 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.

The film is being directed by “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” helmer Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and will begin production this fall.

Harrelson will play the operative’s mentor, a man who may have conflicting intentions.

Woody Harrelson Joins Mary in Netflix Film ‘Kate’

Just as the headline states, actor Woody Harrelson has joined Mary in her upcoming Netflix film Kate. The plot for the film is as follows:

After she’s irreversibly poisoned, a ruthless criminal operative (Winstead) has less than 24 hours to exact revenge on her enemies and in the process forms an unexpected bond with the daughter of one of her past victims.

Harrelson will play the operative’s mentor, a man who may have conflicting intentions.

Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (The Huntsman: Winter’s War) and written by Umair Aleem, the movie will also be produced by Bryan Unkeless (I, Tonya, Bright, Birds of Prey), Kelly McCormick (Deadpool 2, Hobbs & Shaw) and Patrick Newall (Dhaka, The Old Man And The Gun). Executive producers are David Leitch (John Wick) and Scott Morgan.

A fall shoot is expected to begin in Asia later this year with rumored locations being in Japan and Thailand.

Back in May, it was reported that Netflix was looking for an Asian actress to take on the role of Ani, a Yakuza Princess who is a spoiled brat that is deeply connected to the criminal underworld of the Yakuza in Tokyo, Japan. After being poisoned, Kate kidnaps Ani for leverage to infiltrate the Japanese Yakuza and track down her murderer.

‘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.

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!