The Art of Self Defense to Begin Filming Later this Month

Update: Mary is NOT going to be in the film anymore. She was not announced in the cast list, but is currently filming another project which will hopefully be announced soon.

Well, here’s some exciting news! According to Project Casting, it’s been revealed that Riley’s next film, The Art of Self Defense, will be filming from September 11-October 13 in Louisville, Kentucky with Jesse Eisenberg joining the cast! Additionally, according to Casting 360, Imogen Poots is rumored to be part of the film.

Last year while Mary was still on BrainDead, she had revealed in an interview that the movie was very much in the karate world and that while she played the antagonist in Faults, it’ll be the opposite this time around.

The project between Riley and Mary was first announced in May of 2016.

You can find more info about being an extra in the film by visiting the casting links provided above.

Mary Talks ‘BrainDead’ in New Interviews

Several new interviews with Mary have been released discussing her new show BrainDead, premiering tonight on CBS. As always, click on each of the provided links to read the full interviews. The first one is with Parade Magazine:

Looking at your recent projects, you have BrainDead, Cloverfield Lane and The Returned. There seems to be this horror theme. Is there an appeal to these projects for you, or is it that they’re just the best roles out there for women right now?

I think it’s a bit of both. I always tend to come back to them, partly, because as a viewer, I’m very drawn to those stories. I always have been since I was a kid. I’ve always been a fan of the darker side of things when it comes to movies and TV. So I just love that genre.

But I also think that in terms of female protagonists, there are a lot of great roles within that genre of women really saving the day, getting to be the strong ones, and getting to be the ones leading the charge. I really like that. I like playing these characters, who when things crumble around them, they’re still standing at the end.

The second one comes from Esquire:

ESQ: This is a departure from your other TV work. Why did you want to do it?

Mary Elizabeth Winstead: I think that’s the main reason. I’d come off of doing a couple shows where it was very dramatic and a lot of emotion and a lot of crying—just very serious stuff everyday. I was really ready to just have fun and to show that side of myself. I enjoy being silly and being more than just that emotional side. When the script came, it was hard to say no to because it checked off every box of what I was looking to do at that moment.

Laurel notices something’s up almost immediately. Do you think that’s because she’s an outsider?

I think so. I think she also has this innate sense about her wherein she wants to get to the truth. That’s why she went off and tried to be a documentary filmmaker. She wants to surround herself with what she believes to be truthful and authentic things in her life. And when she gets to DC, it’s clear something is off and the truth is being hidden in some way. She has this need to scratch at the surface in some way. She wants to be good at her job and she wants to learn why it’s impossible to get things done in Washington.

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Mary to Star in New Karate Film

Earlier this month, Mary and her husband Riley stopped by Nitehawk Cinema in NYC for a special screening of their cult-deprogramming film FAULTS. In the Q&A, the two discussed audiences fascination with cults, the kind of research they did to produce the film (lots of news stories on lady sociopaths), and how being married affects their working relationship.

If you watched the video or attended the event, you already know that Mary and Riley will be re-teaming on his next film entitled The Art of Self-Defense. No other details have been given at this time, but I’ll surely post them as new information comes out.

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And in case you haven’t seen the Q&A, you can watch it below:

 

Q&A: FAULTS w/ writer/director Riley Stearn & actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead from Nitehawk Cinema on Vimeo.