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Mary Elizabeth Winstead talks emotions and archery for her role as Huntress in Birds of Prey

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Sep 27, 2018

Move over, Katniss Everdeen, there's a new archer in genre land. Mary Elizabeth Winstead (10 Cloverfield Lane, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) has spoken publicly for the first time about playing Huntress in Warner Bros.’ upcoming Birds of Prey film — the next major DC Extended Universe team-up — and it sounds as though she’s hoping to hit the bullseye with her performance.

"I'm going to start training [for the movie], and I'll be learning how to shoot a bow and arrow, too — which is new for me," Winstead told The Wrap in an interview published Thursday. In various incarnations of the comic character, Huntress is often seen with her trademark crossbow, and it seems as though this will be her weapon of choice in the film.

However, it's not all arrows and action, as Winstead revealed that she’ll be giving an "emotional" spin on the character. "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 explained.

The movie, which is set for release in 2020, also features Jurnee Smollett-Bell playing Black Canary and Margot Robbie reprising her role as Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad. The full cast hasn't been completely rounded out yet, as we're still waiting to find out who will be cast as Renee Montoya, a Gotham City homicide detective. It's also not yet certain if we'll see Barbara Gordon (aka Oracle, aka Batgirl) written into the film's story.

Directed by Cathy Yan (Dead Pigs) and written by Christina Hodson (who is also tapped to write Batgirl), the project promises to be another strong female entry in the superhero genre following WB's success with Wonder Woman, and Winstead sounds thrilled to be a part of it: "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."

The O.G. Birds of Prey crew first arrived in the DC Comic world in 1996 and since then have seen some team members come and go, but started off as a partnership between Black Canary and Barbara Gordon.

Are you getting excited for Birds of Prey? Let us know in the comments below.


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