Warner Bros and DC Films recently announced that they have roped in 10 Cloverfield Lane fame Mary Elizabeth Winstead for the role of Helena Bertinelli/Huntress for their upcoming female-led Birds of Prey movie. And it seems the actress is already starting to prepare for the role.
In an interview with The Wrap, while promoting her latest film, All About Nina, Winstead revealed that she is soon going to start training herself for the role of Huntress which also includes learning how to shoot a bow and arrow.
“I’m going to start training, and I’ll be learning how to shoot a bow and arrow, too — which is new for me,” Winstead said.
The Frago actress is not completely new to comic book adaptations. She has played Ramona Flowers in Edgar Wright’s 2010 film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. However, Winstead confessed that she is not a big comic book reader. Her interest in Huntress grew after Birds of Prey director Cathy Yan explained the backstory of the character to her.
“I can’t say that I was a huge comic book reader,” Winstead told TheWrap. “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.
The actress didn’t reveal much detail about her role except that she is very excited as well as emotional to play a superhero character on the big screen.
“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.
Winstead joins Margot Robbie who is reprising her role of Harley Quinn and Jurnee Smollett-Bell playing Black Canary in Birds of Prey movie.
“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,” the 10 Cloverfield Lane actress added. “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.”
Birds of Prey is currently scheduled to release on February 7, 2020.
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