Almost a month after debuting the first images from the film, Netflix has finally released the first teaser for its upcoming action-thriller Kate. The clip gives viewers their first look at Mary Elizabeth Winstead in action as a deadly assassin out for revenge. Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan from a script by Umair Aleem, the film is scheduled to be released on September 10, 2021.
Set in Tokyo, Japan, Kate follows the story of a ruthless criminal operative (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) whose world is thrown into disarray when she realizes she’s been poisoned and has less than 24 hours to live. With no time to waste, she goes on the hunt for those responsible for her impending death. But the along the way she forms an unexpected bond with the daughter of one of her past victims, resulting in an unlikely team-up.
The 35-second teaser contains some deadly footage and is accompanied by a very cool poster that puts Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s Kate front and center of the neon-lit city setting. The snippet doesn’t give much insight into the film’s plot or central character. But it does leave you with the haunting words, “I’m Kate. And they’re gonna know I was here”.
The supporting cast includes Woody Harrelson as Kate’s handler, along with The Flight Attendant alum Michiel Huisman, Mortal Kombat’s Tadanobu Asano, Japanese legend Jun Kunimura, musician-turned-actor Miyavi Miku Martineau, and Kazuya Tanabe. The action film is produced by David Leitch and Kelly McCormick through their 87North banner, which handles the stunts after putting the John Wick franchise on the map.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead is no stranger to the action genre. She previously appeared in Live Free or Die Hard, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Gemini Man, and last year’s Birds of Prey. She was also praised by critics for her performance as an alcoholic struggling with sobriety in the 2012 Sundance drama Smashed. Winstead then went on to showcase her talents in other well-received independent films, including The Beauty Inside (2012), The Spectacular Now (2013), Faults (2014), Alex of Venice (2014), and Swiss Army Man (2016).
Mary Elizabeth Winstead has also expressed an interest in singing but never wanted to pursue it as a career saying it was just something she’s always loved. Interestingly, the cast of 2007’s Death Proof can vouch for her vocal skills as they were stunned by her acapella cover of The Shirelles’ hit Baby It’s You which she had to perform for the film.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s latest role as Kate will be her chance to cement her presence as a solo action star. And it will be very entertaining to watch her work opposite up-and-coming actress Miku Martineau, especially after the former’s turn as Huntress in Birds of Prey.
Netflix has a variety of big releases scheduled for later this year. Most of them will be showcased during the streaming service’s “Geeked Week” of programming, which includes the high-octane action thriller, Kate.