Mary Elizabeth Winstead to 'Die Hard' Again & Get 'Smashed' in Fall
Though we heard that A Good Day to Die Hard was only bringing one of the two McClane offspring into the mix this time, it sounds like Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney (playing McClane's son) will have more of the family showing up. A man named Ted Cross has a very small role in a scene towards the end of the film and he recently updated his blog (via Bleeding Cool) and revealed that Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who played McClane's daughter in Live Free or Die Hard, is reprising her role. It's likely only a cameo, but if you want to see more of Winstead this fall, you will want to read about her Sundance selected drama Smashed below.
Director James Ponsoldt brought his film Smashed to Sundance in 2012, and my glowing review couldn't say enough nice things about the stunning performance from Mary Elizabeth Winstead. The film was picked up by Sony Pictures Classics in February, but we've been waiting to hear when it might finally hit theaters. Thankfully, Winstead herself tweeted today, "Update: Smashed will hit theaters October 12th!" The film follows an alcoholic couple who drink the night away far too often. But when Kate (Winstead) realizes just how drastically this is affecting her life and decides to sober up, it creates problems with her husband (Aaron Paul), and she struggles to stay on the wagon.
Of Winstead's performance I wrote, "Winstead is one of the most charming drunks to grace the big screen since Dudley Moore in Arthur, and it's her bewitching, fun-loving personality that makes her fall from grace that much more afflicting." The film also has great supporting turns from Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and Octavia Spencer. This is an indie that deserves some Oscar love when awards season rolls around. At the very least, the Independent Spirit Awards will be all over this one. Hopefully we'll have a trailer for Smashed soon so stay tuned.