Winchester: Helen Mirren turns to horror for latest hit role
On a bright Los Angeles morning a few days after the Golden Globes, Helen Mirren – dressed impeccably in black while discussing her latest film, the haunted-house tale Winchester – arrived at an unexpected concern: the fate of all those poor Stormtroopers in the “Star Wars” movies.
“I saw [The Force Awakens] and I thought they made a terrible mistake because they took the Stormtrooper’s hat off,” the Oscar-winning star of “The Queen” and British national treasure says, feigning shock.
“There was this lovely young actor [John Boyega] – which means one of the Stormtroopers is a human being. And if he’s a human, they’re all human. And you have been indiscriminately killing Stormtroopers for the last [six] Star Wars movies without any consideration to their humanity!”
Themes of violence, death and how those in the world of the living come to terms with their role in it all run throughout the otherwise titillating frights of Winchester, a supernatural horror film based on the real widowed heir to the Winchester rifle fortune. The movie is directed by Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig, whose cult-favourite genre work includes Daybreakers and Predestination.