Remember Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Huntress in Birds of Prey and how impressive she looked while using her crossbow? Well, the actress is set to amp up her badassery in the upcoming Netflix action thriller, Kate, whose recently released official trailer proves that no matter whether it’s an army of deadly aliens (10 Cloverfield Lane) or countless formidable opponents, Winstead can kick anyone’s ass!
Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and based on a script by Umair Aleem, Kate will see Mary Elizabeth Winstead playing the titular character who is a ruthless assassin. The film will see her carrying out her latest assignment- killing the kingpin of the dangerous criminal organization, Yakuza- in Tokyo. But she ends up botching her assignment as she starts experiencing alarming physical symptoms and discovers that somehow, she has been unknowingly dosed with a potent poison that has no antidote and will kill her in less than 24 hours.
In the trailer above, we see Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s character coming to the realization and meeting up with her handler, played by Woody Harrelson. She is dead set on tracking down the person responsible for poisoning her and befriends a young Japanese girl, played by newcomer Miku Martineau, the daughter of one of her past victims. She can help Kate in her self-appointed mission. Kate obviously suspects the Yakuza leader she was tasked to kill and even as her body slowly gives up, she makes a beeline for him, executing anyone and everyone in her way. As Martineau’s character says, Kate is a “total killer babe” who takes “no s*** from no dudes” and is more than a match for 20 armed mobsters who will be “outnumbered” against her. So, yeah, Kate will be making no compromises when it comes to serving exceptionally kickass action scenes.
And if any of you just wrote off the killer action sequences in the trailer as something performed by a stunt double, the director of the film had shared with Entertainment Weekly earlier this year that many of the stunts have been performed by Mary Elizabeth Winstead herself. Nicolas-Troyan had revealed that of all the stunts Winstead performed, the hardest one was where she and Miyavi’s character are inside an apartment. The risk of any one of them getting physically harmed was high as they had to perform the stunts in close quarters. He was nervous that something bad could happen but of course, both actors completed the scene with utmost finesse.
Even though the trailer of Kate rarely provides any moments of levity or emotion, Mary Elizabeth Winstead had shared that while the film is a “brutal assassin story,” it is also “heartfelt.” The actress was last seen in Birds of Prey as Helena Bertinelli a.k.a. the Huntress and has been lauded as a scene-stealer with her captivating performance. Keeping in mind that her resume is bursting with a long list of different acclaimed roles, we can safely expect the same from Kate.
Apart from Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Miku Martineau, and Woody Harrelson, Kate will also star Tadanobu Asano, Miyavi, and Michiel Huisman Jun Kunimura. The film, produced by Bryan Unkeless, Kelly McCormick, and Patrick Newall, is set to release on Netflix as well as in select theaters on September 10, 2021.