VARIETY – After testing multiple actresses to join Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn in “Birds of Prey,” Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are closer to assembling its team of female superheroes.
Sources tell Variety that Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Jurnee Smollett-Bell have been tapped to join Robbie in the comic-book spinoff, with Winstead playing Huntress and Smollett-Bell portraying Black Canary.
Robbie is reprising her role as Quinn, which she first unveiled in 2016’s “Suicide Squad,” and is also on board to produce with Sue Kroll and Bryan Unkeless.
There are several versions of Huntress, aka Helena Bertinelli, throughout DC Comics. The “Birds of Prey” iteration is a former mafia princess who was devastated at a young age when her family was killed in a mob hit, turning her into a vigilante and eventually leading her to join the Birds of Prey team. Black Canary, aka Dinah Lance, is a good-natured and idealistic streetfighter in the comics.
In the film, the team will fight a Gotham crime lord who has yet to be unveiled.
Cathy Yan is directing the pic, which is set to be released on Feb. 7, 2020.
Winstead’s star has been on the rise since her leading role in the Bad Robot movie “10 Cloverfield Lane.” She recently earned some of the best reviews of her career in the FX series “Fargo.” Winstead just wrapped “Gemini Man,” opposite Will Smith, and also has “The Parts You Lose.” She is repped by WME.
Recently, Mary attended the All About Nina premiere and after party during the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater in New York City (April 22).
Public Appearances > Appearances from 2018 > April 22: “All About Nina” Premiere – After Party – 2018 Tribeca Film Festival
Exciting news! Mary is set to star opposite Will Smith in Gemini Man.
Ang Lee is directing the unique action thriller
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Mary Elizabeth Winstead has nabbed the female lead in Gemini Man, the Will Smith action thriller that Ang Lee is directing.
Skydance and Paramount are behind the project, which is eyeing a February start.
The film sees Smith playing two opposing roles: one of Henry, an aging assassin who wants to get out of the business, and that of his ultimate opponent, a clone who is 25 years younger and at the peak of his abilities that has been tasked to kill him.
Winstead, who beat out Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany for the role, will play an operative who works for the same company as Henry and has been ordered to surveil him. However, she soon teams up with him.
Clive Owen is currently in talks to play one of the villains of the movie, the head of the cloning program.
Jerry Bruckheimer is producing along with Skydance’s David Ellison and Dana Goldberg. Don Murphy is executive producing.
Winstead, whose last movie turn was in the hit 10 Cloverfield Lane, is coming off a co-starring run in season three of FX’s acclaimed Fargo. She is repped by WME.
On Thursday, Mary attended the 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California (January 11).
Public Appearances > Appearances from 2018 > January 11: 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards – Inside
Exciting news! Mary will co-star opposite Aaron Paul in the thriller, The Parts You Lose. A (mini) Smashed reunion!
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who starred on the most recent third season of FX’s Fargo, will co-star opposite Aaron Paul and newcomer Danny Murphy in thriller The Parts You Lose, which started production today in Canada. Written by Darren Lemke, the pic has Halt and Catch Fire co-creator Christopher Cantwell attached to direct.
It’s about the unlikely friendship formed between a young deaf boy, Wesley, and a fugitive criminal who takes refuge in an abandoned barn on the family’s rural North Dakota farm. Winstead will play Wesley’s mother Gail.
Mark Johnson, who won the Oscar for the 1988 Barry Levinson-directed film, Rain Man, is producing under his Gran Via banner with Tom Williams and Paul. The H Collective is fully financing the project.
Winstead, who recently wrapped production on Eva Vives’ All About Nina opposite Common, is repped by WME.