By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
HOLLYWOOD—Scream queen favorite Mary Elizabeth Winstead returns to television Monday, March 9, as a series regular in the new A&E supernatural drama series “The Returned,” based on the acclaimed French series “Les Revenants.” The hour-long series airs Mondays 10 p.m/9C.
In the 10-episode series event executive produced by “Lost” creator Carlton Cuse, Winstead plays Rowan, a young mother who is picking up the pieces of her life after her boyfriend’s sudden death some years ago. Engaged to another man, her life is thrown off balance again when her former boyfriend turns up alive and well, and not a day older than the last time she saw him, in their small town. He’s not the only one. Several other people long presumed dead begin to turn up alive and un-aged. Strange phenomenon and a string of murders come to pass as these former residents try to reestablish their lives.
Returning to the different pace of TV production is an adjustment for Winstead, who was a regular on the soap opera “Passions,” as a teenager at the turn of the century. Now 30, the North Carolina-born, Utah-raised actress has quite an extensive list of movie credits, including “Final Destination 3,” “Black Christmas,” the remake of “The Thing,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World,” and playing Bruce Willis’ daughter in two “Die Hard” films.
The brunette beauty branches into feature film producing with the recent release of the independent psychological thriller “Faults,” which was written and directed by her husband Riley Stearns, and in which she stars opposite Leland Orser (the “Taken” trilogy, the “Revolution” TV series) as Claire, a young woman who is believed to be under the influence of a cult. Orser’s character, Ansel, is hired by a couple who say she is their daughter and they are willing to pay him a lot of money to “deprogram” her. Most of the action takes place in a seedy motel, where Ansel has brought the girl in hopes of reuniting her with her parents. The two engage in a battle of wits over several days, and surprises unfold. “Faults” is rolling out in theaters and is available on VOD.
Dressed in jeans and black blouse with a white collar for an interview, Winstead reveals she is pleased and feels lucky that 2015 is turning out to be such a productive year for her. She spoke about “The Returned” and “Faults” as well as other projects in the works.