'10 Cloverfield Lane' Director: Elizabeth Winstead Is 'Such a Badass!'

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Elizabeth Winstead in “10 Cloverfield Lane”

’10 Cloverfield Lane’ Director Dan Trachtenberg Praises Star Elizabeth Winstead

Here’s one more reason to go see “10 Cloverfield Lane”: The mystery-suspense drama has a special secret weapon in its star Elizabeth Winstead.

“She is incredible and emotional and vulnerable, and she gives such a largely non-verbal performance,” the film’s director Dan Trachtenberg tells Made in Hollywood. “And yet we always feel like we know exactly what she’s thinking and feel like we’re feeling just what she’s feeling.”

Elizabeth Winstead Delivers Convincing Performance in ’10 Cloverfield Lane’

Continuing, “And it makes everything that’s happening less objective, less like we’re watching a movie, and really feel like we’re experiencing it. And that came through in her performance.”

Most importantly, Trachtenberg adds, “she’s such a badass!”

The J.J. Abrams-produced nail biter, which also stars John Goodman and John Gallagher, Jr., centers around Winstead’s character Michelle having a serious decision to make when she is faced with the unknown once she’s stuck in a cellar with strangers after a terrible accident.

Speaking to Collider in a previous interview, Winstead said she plays a woman kidnapped by Goodman’s character. “He tells me that, basically, the world is over outside because there’s been a nuclear fall-out… you don’t know who’s telling the truth or who to believe. There’s a lot of, who’s manipulating who, and all of that.”

In a statement to Collider, “10 Cloverfield Lane” producer Abrams revealed that the film is “blood relative” and not a true sequel to his “Cloverfield.” While helming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Abrams managed to keep secret that he was producing a follow-up to the hit 2008 film.

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