Mary Elizabeth Winstead Calls 10 Cloverfield Lane “An Intimate Experience”


Cloverfield didn’t have many characters — but 10 Cloverfield Lane will have even fewer, with only three key players making up the entire cast. The IMDB page includes two more, but it doesn’t sound like they’ll be playing a huge role — with names like “Neighbor” and “State Trooper,” that’s to be expected, but Cloverfield was always a twisty one, so maybe they’re the dark horse protagonists.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who plays one of the film’s core trio alongside John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr., told EW a few scant details about what’s to come:

We were making this movie in this little bubble where nobody else knew what we were doing, and there’s really only three actors in the whole thing, so it kind of felt like this really intimate experience …

It’s so much about just the actors interacting with each other and that tension that builds, just all wondering if they are who they say the are, if they’re telling the truth or not, and really wondering what’s outside.

Of course, Winstead and company knew all of the twists ahead of time; J.J. Abrams may be a master of secrets when it comes to the rest of the world, but he did let his actors see the entire script ahead of time, says Winstead:

We always have the script. We know where it’s all leading to. As production went on there were rewrites, as there usually are, but nothing that was major. It was always something that I knew we weren’t going to be able to talk about until people saw the movie.

10 Cloverfield Lane comes out on March 11th, which seems delightfully soon. By all accounts, this movie won’t be filmed in the same shaky-handheld style as the first go-around, so it might be an easier trip. Are you planning to check it out?

(via Polygon)

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