With Star Wars Celebration 2023 now officially over, a new interview with Mary and the cast of Ahsoka has come out. In a brand new podcast for Entertainment Weekly, Mary details how she feels playing the character of Hera Syndulla, the Twi’lek resistance leader turned general.
“Having a character who’s already existed and has such a rich history on something like Rebels, as an actor, it’s incredible,” Winstead told Dagobah Dispatch. “Because sometimes we’re tasked with creating our own backstories or trying to flesh out a character that doesn’t really have that much on the page. And so to play a character that has season after season of storylines and complex histories with everyone in their life and relationships and experiences was really something I’ve never experienced quite like that.”
It was a resource Winstead took advantage of throughout filming on Ahsoka. “To have Rebels to refer to, and to have [Rebels and Ahsoka creator Dave Filoni] to speak to about it every day on set, was a real luxury for sure.”
Mary also continued to elaborate on her character by describing her as someone who “is incredibly strong but complicated person. She is very maternal, but also she’s this leader of this crew. And as we see, she continues and becomes a general. And so she’s leading quite a lot of people and she’s become something of a legend in her own right.”
Winstead is also careful to point out how that military leadership and expertise are just one facet of the character. “She’s also very soft and warm, and people come to her for advice and solace and comfort,” Winstead explains. “Seeing those things combined is very unusual, and something that I really wanted to play on screen, because that’s such a aspirational thing, I think, as a woman — or just a person — to be able to be all of those things in one.”
However, that doesn’t mean Hera doesn’t have any flaws or is not subject to the occasional mistake, says the woman playing her: “She’s certainly not perfect, but she does have all of those qualities that make her somebody that you can really look up to in a way. And I like to try to be that on film. I don’t know that I quite live up to it in reality, but it’s someone to try and try and reach for.”
You can listen to Mary and Rosario Dawson as well as Natasha Liu Bordizzo talk about the show and see a clip by using the link above. The podcast can be heard here and begins around the :58 min mark.
Ahsoka will begin streaming on Disney+ this August.
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In a bit of sad news, Mary has had to drop out of the sci-fi thriller ‘Ursa Major‘ which was getting ready to begin filming this fall. According to Deadline, Mary had to leave the film project due to scheduling conflicts. Mary was first attached to the movie opposite Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘ star Xochitl Gomez way back in August 2022. Taking Mary’s spot as the female lead will now be Jessica Biel.
Ursa Major was set on an earth-like planet, where a mother and daughter fight for survival while hiding from a group of relentless hunters. With the added threat of an imminent and deadly storm, Natalie — now a teenager — begins questioning her mother, Charlie, about who they really are, how they got here, and what they need to do to survive.
How do you guys feel about the news? Feel free to sound off in the comments.
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I have added some new photos of Mary during her time at the Star Wars Celebration expo this past weekend courtesy of hair stylist David Wadlow. In the pics, you can see Mary goofing around with a lightsaber, posing with her co-stars Rosario Dawson & Natashia Liu Bordizzo and a lovely gift she signed for David that Ewan also signed. Be sure to head to the gallery to view them all!
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After posting the first round of interviews Mary and the cast did for ‘Ahsoka’ over the weekend, a new interview has been released via Black Girl Nerds. You can watch the entire video below, Mary’s questions coming in around the 18:08 mark.
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Below is a brand new photo shoot Mary did while attending the Star Wars Celebration 2023 event and I have added the HQ photos into the gallery. The photos come via Rachell Smith for EW. While Mary was at the expo, she also had some fun with a colorful lightsaber!
This officially marks first photoshoot in three years after taking some time off! She also posed with her costars during the second day of the panel which you can view here.
Now that the Star Wars Celebration event has wrapped in London, I will begin posting some interviews Mary did while she was there promoting the show with the cast & crew. The first interview comes from one she did yesterday (4/8) with Rosario Dawson & Natasha Liu Bordizzo talking about how they feel joining the Star Wars universe and learning about their characters:
In another interview, Mary talks more about how happy she feels joining the Star Wars franchise and what a joy it is to work on the character and with the cast and crew who all love Star Wars:
Mary also spoke with ET Canda about how she feels joining the Star Wars franchise (around the 2:35 mark):
And in another interview with Screen Rant, Mary was asked if her husband Ewan McGregor any advice joining the series and if she’d love her character to team up with Obi-Wan:
I don’t know that he gave me any advice necessarily, other than to just enjoy it. He just told me about what a special experience it is to get to be part of something that means so much to so many people. And that already is proving true just today. And, yeah! I think if there was any way to make the timelines match up in some way, I would be incredibly happy to do that.
Stay tuned for even more ‘Ahsoka’ interviews with Mary to be released soon!
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As the title reveals, Mary was in London for the second day in a row as she attended day 2 of the Star Wars Celebration Expo celebrating the upcoming premiere of Ahsoka. While there, she was joined by her co-stars Rosario Dawson and Natasha Liu Bordizzo as well as Jon Favreau, Diana Lee Inosanto, Ivanna Sakhno and Dave Filoni. During the event it was revealed that several different directors will direct episodes including Dave Filoni, who wrote all the episodes.
Head to the gallery to view all the photos, and stay tuned for even more content!
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Today was an incredible day for Star Wars fans! During day 1 of the Star Wars Celebration Event held in London, one of the new shows that was announced was Ahsoka! During the panel, Mary’s role was revealed as Hera Syndulla, the captain/pilot of the freight ship the Ghost, and owner of the astromech droid known as Chopper.
Mary was joined on stage by her co-stars Rosario Dawson who will be returning in the lead role and Natasha Bordizzo who will play Sabine Wren. While on stage, the cast showed off the first trailer for the series, which will be premiering on Disney+ some time in August. You can watch the full trailer below as well as seeing some HQ pics of Mary with the cast in the gallery. Additionally, video of Mary’s character reveal was shown to the audience:
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In some amazing news & well…something I feel like we’ve all known about for a little while now, it has been announced that the entire cast of Edgar Wright’s 2010 film Scott Pilgrim VS the World will all be reprising their roles from the movie for an upcoming Netflix anime series. Michael Cera will of course be back to voice Scott Pilgrim, Mary will be back voicing our favorite manic pixie dream girl Ramona Flowers and included will be Satya Bhabha as Matthew Patel, Kieran Culkin as Wallace Wells, Chris Evans as Lucas Lee, Anna Kendrick as Stacey Pilgrim, Brie Larson as Envy Adams, Alison Pill as Kim Pine, Aubrey Plaza as Julie Powers, Brandon Routh as Todd Ingram, Jason Schwartzman as Gideon Graves, Johnny Simmons as Young Neil, Mark Webber Stephen Still, Mae Whitman as Roxie and Ellen Wong as Knives Chau.
Bryan Lee O’Malley, who created the graphic novels in 2004, will be executive producing along with Edgar Wright and BenDavid Grabinski. Science SARU will serve as the animation studio with executive producer Eunyoung Choi and director Abel Gongora.
You can see a teaser video below and continue reading to see what Edgar Wright had to say about the announcement.
This is not a drill! This is happening!
After much musing over the years about there being potential for an anime adaptation of ‘Scott Pilgrim’, I’m thrilled to say one is IMMINENT, with the whole cast back together and… you are going to lose your minds. pic.twitter.com/LyB7EIlcUD
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A brand new set of actors and actresses have been added to the cast of A Gentleman in Moscow. Deadline reports that several people have joined the series including Leah Harvey, Johnny Harris, Paul Ready, Alexa Goodall, John Heffernan, Lyès Salem, Fehinti Balogun, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Dee Ahluwalia and Anastasia Hille have joined Ewan McGregor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the ensemble drama that eOne is making in association with Paramount.
Based on Amor Towles’ internationally bestselling novel of the same name, Ewan McGregor will star in the series as Count Alexander Rostov, a Russian aristocrat who’s forced to make a life for himself in a hotel after being banished there by a Soviet tribunal.
Mary joined the cast last month and will play Anna Urbanova, described as “a glamorous, independent and self-made film actress, at the height of her fame. She uses her wit and beauty to dazzle Count Alexander Rostov. She’s an enigmatic character who keeps her cards very close to her chest. Reluctant to reveal her true self, Anna plays a role off-screen as well as on. The Count and Anna’s sizzling chemistry is clear from the moment they meet in the Metropol Hotel where he has been banished by a Soviet trial, but will this be true love, or just the latest in a long line of roles Anna is playing?”