I wonder if Kate Winslet is going through a mid-life crisis. I’m just saying. While she still is doing amazing work like “The Dressmaker” and still going after roles like Joanna Hoffman in the expected Oscar-film “Steve Jobs”, she has been in movies lately, or more specifically in roles lately, that I never would have imagined seeing her in 5 years ago.
Besides recently playing the villain Jeanine Matthews in the first two installments of “The Divergent Series”, based off the “Divergent” trilogy of novels written by author Veronica Roth, we are now about to see her as, wait for it, a Russian-Israeli mafia moll in the upcoming 2016 American crime-drama heist film “Triple 9”.
The synopsis is as follows:
The film follows a group of criminals and corrupt cops who find themselves in serious trouble. The Russian mafia is blackmailing them, and the only way to deal with them is to perform what is believed to be an extremely challenging heist. Impossible as it may seem, however, they eventually hatch a plan: on one side of town, half of the crew will plan the murder of a rookie cop named Chris Allen (Played by Casey Affleck), and while the rest of the force is distracted by a 999 call (“officer down”), the other half of the corrupt cops will pull off the job.
As you can guess, Winslet plays the character blackmailing them, a character by the name of Irene. One can argue the cast is quite diverse, bringing together film actors such as Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Clifton Collins, Jr., Teresa Palmer and Gal Gadot with popular TV actors Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, and Michael K. Williams. We’ll have to see how well they mix next year.
The film has an interesting release date history. Originally set to be released September 11, 2015, but it was pushed back all the way to March 2016 before finally hitting a set release date of February 16, 2016.