WINSTEAD Speaks About Training & Emotional Starting Place for Her HUNTRESS Character in BIRDS OF PREY

Helena Bertinelli
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Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
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Mary Elizabeth Winstead is talking for the first time about her role as Huntress in Warner Bros.'s Birds of Prey - and the first thing on her might is the fight training.

"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 told TheWrap.

Winstead will be playing the Helena Bertinelli version of the Huntress, created by Joey Cavalieri and Joe Staton in 1989. In that comic book version, Bertinelli is the daughter of a mafia boss who becomes a vigilante after her entire family is killed in a mob hit. For a brief time, she also operated as Batgirl.

Winstead admits that she isn't a "huge comic book reader" herself, but is relying on the backstory of the character provided to her by director Cathy Yan.

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"It’s a really strong, kind of emotional place to start from for a superhero character," Winstead said. "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."

Being part of a female-led superhero movie - both in-front of the camera as well as behind the camera - is something Winstead is "really happy about."

"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,” Winstead said. “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 scheduled to be released in theaters February 7, 2020.

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