Academy Award® nominated actor Josh Brolin has earned his place as one of Hollywood’s top leading men with standout roles in No Country For Old Men, W., Milk, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and True Grit.
Brolin will next be seen starring in Jason Reitman’s critically acclaimed, Labor Day, opposite Kate Winslet. He recently completed production on Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson‘s adaptation of the Thomas Pynchon detective novel of the same name, and the Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller-directed Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For. Next up, he is set to begin production on Everest opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, based on the 1996disastrous real-life attempt to climb the peak.
In 2008, Brolin was nominated for an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and received awards from the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Board of Review for his portrayal of Dan White in Gus Van Sant's acclaimed film Milk. He starred in the Coen Brothers’ True Grit, which was nominated for 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture; Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps opposite Shia LaBeouf and Michael Douglas; and Woody Allen’s You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, opposite Anthony Hopkins and Naomi Watts. He received rave reviews for his portrayal of George W. Bush in Oliver Stone's biopic, W. Prior to that, Brolin earned a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of an ensemble for his work in Joel and Ethan Coen's No Country for Old Men, which also won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. Additionally, Brolin starred in Ridley Scott's blockbuster American Gangster and was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of this ensemble.
Other film credits include: Gangster Squad, Men in Black 3, Planet Terror, part of the critically acclaimed Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez double feature, Grindhouse; In the Valley of Elah for director Paul Haggis; John Stockwell's, Into the Blue; Victor Nunez's Coastlines; Paul Verhoeven's blockbuster hit, Hollow Man; Scott Silver's Mod Squad; Ole Bornedal's psychological thriller Nightwatch; Best Laid Plans opposite Reese Witherspoon, produced by Mike Newell; All the Rage; and Guillermo Del Toro's science-fiction thriller, Mimic. Brolin also received recognition from critics and audiences in David O. Russell's Flirting with Disaster, portraying a bisexual federal agent, alongside an outstanding ensemble cast led by Ben Stiller. Brolin made his feature film debut starring in the action-comedy classic Goonies, directed by Richard Donner for producer Steven Spielberg.
In television, Brolin made his mark as a series regular in the popular ABC series The Young Riders, as well as Private Eye for NBC and Winnetka Road for CBS. Brolin also received critical praise in the TNT's epic miniseries Into the West, opposite Beau Bridges, Gary Busey and Jessica Capshaw. In addition, Brolin starred in the title role of NBC's acclaimed political drama, Mr. Sterling
As a producer, Brolin joined Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Anthony Arnove, and Howard Zinn, in a documentary entitled The People Speak, based on Zinn’s influential 1980 book A People’s History of the United States. The feature, which aired on the History Channel in 2009, looked at America’s struggles with war, class, race, and women’s rights, and featured readings by Viggo Mortensen, Sean Penn, and David Strathairn, among others. Brolin made his directing debut in 2008 with a short entitled X, which he also wrote and produced. It premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival before screening at such festivals as South by Southwest and the AFI Dallas Film Festival.
Elizabeth OLSEN (Marie Sebastian)
Elizabeth Olsen is a vivacious and engaging young actress who recently graduated from New York University's prestigious Tisch School of the Arts.
She is an actress that continues to challenge herself, and her audiences, with a range of roles that have afforded her the opportunity to work with some of Hollywood’s most influential filmmakers and actors. She has garnered attention for a string of breakout dramatic roles in the last three years, including her award-winning turn as an escaping cult member in Martha Marcy May Marlene.
Olsen recently wrapped production on the Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures reboot of Godzilla, starring opposite Aaron-Taylor Johnson and Bryan Cranston, and the film is scheduled to be released on May 16, 2014. This fall, Olsen will kick-off Classic Stage Company’s 2013-2014 season as the lead role, Juliet, in the Off-Broadway play, Romeo and Juliet, opposite Julian Cihi. Later this year, Olsen will also appear in the film Therese, opposite Jessica Lange and Oscar Issacs. Therese is set in the lower echelons of 1860s Paris and centers on Therese Raquin, a sexually repressed beautiful young woman, who is trapped into a loveless marriage to her sickly cousin, Camille, by her domineering aunt, Madame Raquin. After she meets her husband's alluring friend, Laurent, she embarks on an illicit affair that leads to tragic consequences.
This past year, Olsen starred in Very Good Girls, opposite Dakota Fanning, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The Naomi Foner-directed film is about two New York City girls that make a pact to lose their virginity during their first summer out of high school. Additionally, Olsen had two previous films premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival: Liberal Arts opposite Josh Radnor, John Magaro, Zac Efron and Richard Jenkins; and Red Lights opposite Robert De Niro, Cillian Murphy and Sigourney Weaver. In spring of 2012 Olsen starred in the independent film Silent House, from Open Road Films. The film is the re-imagining of the successful Uruguayan psychological horror-thriller, La Casa Muda.
In 2011 Olsen received a Gotham Award, Critics Choice, and Independent Spirit Award nomination for Lead Actress for her performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene, from Fox Searchlight. Martha Marcy May Marlene was also selected in the Un Certain Regard as part of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
Olsen is also very familiar to the stage as she understudied both on the Off-Broadway play Dust and the Broadway play Impressionism while attending New York University. Other workshops include Bottom of the World, by Lucy Thurber (Atlantic Theatre Company), and The Living Newspaper (DRD Theatricals). Olsen has had formal training at Atlantic Acting School and Moscow Art Theatre School.
Sharlto COPLEY (Adrian / The Stranger)
Sharlto Copley is a South African actor, producer and director. Reuniting with director Neill Blomkamp, Copley returns to the big screen on March 1st, 2013, in Sony’s highly anticipated sci-fi Elysium, starring opposite Matt Damon and Jodie Foster. Copley made his on screen debut as Wikus van de Merwe in Blomkamp’s Oscar-nominated science fiction film District 9. He is best known for his role of “H.M. Murdock” in the 2010 adaptation of Fox’s The A-Team, for director Joe Carnahan.
Poised to have a breakout year, Sharlto also stars in several other films including Disney’s Maleficent, opposite Angelina Jolie, and the international sci-fi thriller Europa Report, alongside Michael Nyqvist and Daniel Wu. He also recently finished shooting in Hungary as the star of Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego’s thriller Open Grave.
Copley has produced and co-directed short films which have appeared at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as commercials and music videos.
Samuel L. JACKSON (Chaney)
Respectfully labeled as one of the hardest working actors in Hollywood, Jackson is an undisputed star as demonstrated in the fact that his films have grossed the most money in box office sales than any other actor in the history of filmmaking.
Jackson made an indelible mark on American cinema with his portrayal of Jules, the philosophizing hitman, in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. In addition to unanimous critical acclaim for his performance, he received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations as Best Supporting Actor, as well as a Best Supporting Actor award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
In 2014, he will star as Pat Novak in Jose Padilha’s RoboCop. The film, a remake of the 1987’s classic, also stars Joel Kinnaman, Abbie Cornish, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton. Jackson will also reprise his role as Nick Fury in both Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, set to release early 2014, and The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which will begin production early next year.
Jackson most recently co-stared in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained as ‘Stephen,’ alongside Christoph Waltz, Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio.
In 2012, Jackson also starred in The Avengers, which is part of his 9-picture deal with Marvel Studios. The highly anticipated film opened on May 4, 2012 to a record shattering $200 million opening weekend and has grossed $1.51 billion worldwide.
Jackson recently made his Broadway debut at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater in Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop, co-starring Angela Bassett and directed by Kenny Leon. The Mountaintop is set on the eve of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., whom Jackson portrays.
Jackson was seen in HBO’sThe Sunset Limited, an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s play. Tommy Lee Jones co-starred and directed the telefilm.
In September 2010, Jackson played P.K. Highsmith in Columbia Pictures’ The Other Guys. Additionally, Jackson co-starred in the indie drama, Mother and Child, directed by Rodrigo Garcia. He received an Image Award and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his work. Jackson was also seen in Marvel’s Iron Man 2 as Nick Fury, after making a surprise cameo appearance in Iron Man in 2008. He reprised the role in Captain America in the summer of 2011.
Jackson’s career began onstage upon his graduation from Morehouse College in Atlanta with a degree in dramatic arts. Among the plays were Home, A Soldier’s Play, Sally/Prince, and The District Line. He also originated roles in two of August Wilson’s plays at Yale Repertory Theatre. For the New York Shakespeare Festival, Jackson appeared in Mother Courage and Her Children, Spell #7, and The Mighty Gents.
In 2008, Jackson’s films included the Neil LaBute thriller, Lakeview Terrace, which premiered at the Deauville Film Festival, followed by the Dimension Studios comedy Soul Men, alongside the late Bernie Mac, and the Frank Miller action drama The Spirit, in which he portrayed the nemesis, Octopus. Also in 2008, Jackson starred in the Doug Liman directed sci-fi, action film, Jumper for 20th Century Fox.
In 2007, Jackson had a starring role in the acclaimed drama Resurrecting the Champ, and a co-starring role in the very successful horror film for the Weinstein Co., 1408, based on the Stephen King novel. Earlier that year, Jackson starred in the Craig Brewer film Black Snake Moan, and Irwin Winkler’s MGM war drama Home of the Brave.
In 2006, Jackson starred in the cult classic film Snakes on a Plane, directed by David Ellis. Jackson also starred opposite Julianne Moore in Revolution Studio’s Freedomland, directed by Joe Roth, based on the best-selling novel of the same name. He also appeared as Agent Derrick Vann in New Line’s The Man, opposite Eugene Levy.
In early 2005, Jackson topped the opening weekend box office charts with the success of the Paramount Pictures film, Coach Carter. Jackson portrayed real-life high school basketball coach, Ken Carter, a dedicated role model and advocate for students succeeding in the classroom as well as on the basketball court. Coach Carter was screened as the opening night film of the prestigious Palm Springs Film Festival. Jackson received the Career Achievement Award for Acting from the Festival.
Jackson also starred in the indie film opposite Juliette Binoche in the Sony Classics, In My Country, based on the best-selling novel, Country of My Skull, by South African writer, Antije Krog. Jackson portrayed an American reporter coping with the aftermath of apartheid as his newspaper assigns him to cover the Truth and Reconciliation Trials, established by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In My Country was directed by John Boorman and produced by Bob Chartoff and Mike Medavoy.
In 2005, Jackson reprised his role as Agent Augustus Gibbons in XXX: State of the Union, and as Mace Windu in Star Wars: Episode III – The Revenge of the Sith. To no one’s surprise, the film made an incredible impact at the box office, breaking numerous opening day records.
In 2004, Jackson “appeared” as the character Frozone in the Disney animated action-adventure film, The Incredibles, which was released to record box office results. The film was directed and written by Brad Bird and earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture, as well as two Academy Award nominations.
In 2003, Jackson starred in S.W.A.T for Columbia TriStar. Directed by Clark Johnson, the film is about an arrested drug kingpin who is transported by a Los Angeles Police Department S.W.A.T. team and led out of the city and into Federal custody. Plans go awry when the kingpin offers $100 million to anyone who can free him. Colin Farrell and Michelle Rodriguez are also in the film.
In 2002, Jackson starred with Ben Affleck in the box office and critical success, Paramount’s Changing Lanes. Jackson delivered an intense yet sympathetic performance of a father who was down on his luck, but intent on getting even with the man that wronged him. Also in 2002, Jackson starred and executive produced the Sony/Screen Gems film Formula 51, with Robert Carlyle; co-starred in the sci-fi thriller, XXX; and reprised his role as Mace Windu in the second installment of George Lucas’ Stars Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
In 2001, Jackson starred in Jersey Franchise/Universal’s Caveman’s Valentine. Directed by Kasi Lemmons, the film followed the story of a homeless man in New York City who discovered a murder. Jackson also served as an executive producer on the project, which was the most successful independent film of the year. This was Jackson’s second project with Kasi Lemmons, with the first being the applauded, Eve’s Bayou, which he also produced in 1997.
In 2000, Jackson co-starred opposite Bruce Willis in writer/director M. Night Shyamalan’s suspense drama, Unbreakable for Disney. Jackson’s character, Elijah Price, a highly suspicious and wheelchair-bound man with a far-fetched theory, holds the key to the film’s underlying question of, “Are You Unbreakable?”
Also in 2000, Jackson starred in John Singleton’s Shaft in the title role opposite Christian Bale and Vanessa Williams. Jackson also starred in Paramount’s courtroom drama Rules of Engagement where he played Col. Terry Childers, a military officer on trial for ordering his soldiers to open fire on civilians. Directed by William Friedkin, the film co-starred Tommy Lee Jones. Both Shaft and Rules of Engagement were screened at the 2000 Deauville Film Festival, where Jackson was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 1999, Jackson starred in Warner Bros. Deep Blue Sea for director Renny Harlin. Jackson also made a cameo appearance in George Lucas’ highly successful and popular Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace. In 1998, Jackson also starred in The Negotiator, and in Francois Girard’s The Red Violin.
In 1997, Jackson starred in Jackie Brown, his second film with director Quentin Tarantino. For the latter he received a Golden Globe nomination, and the Silver Bear Award for Best Actor in a Comedy at the Berlin Film Festival. Later that year he starred in 187.
Jackson starred opposite Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey and Kevin Spacey in Joel Schumacher’s 1996 film A Time to Kill, an adaptation of the famous John Grisham novel. For his performance Jackson received a Golden Globe nomination and an NAACP Image Award. He also starred opposite Bruce Willis in Die Hard with a Vengeance, the top-grossing movie internationally in 1995.
In 1991, Jackson made movie history with his portrayal of a crack addict in Spike Lee’s Jungle Fever when he was awarded the first and only Best Supporting Performance Award ever given by the judges at the Cannes Film Festival. He also won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor for that performance.
His other film credits include Twisted, Sphere, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Hard Eight, Kiss of Death, Losing Isaiah and Amos and Andrew. Additional film credits include: Ragtime, Sea of Love, Coming to America, Ray, Do the Right Thing, School Daze, Mo’ Better Blues, Goodfellas, Strictly Business, White Sands, Patriot Games, Jumpin’ at the Boneyard, Father and Sons, Juice, Fresh and True Romance.
On the small screen, Jackson served as Executive Producer for Spike TV’s animated series Afro Samurai, which premiered in 2007 and returned for a third season in January 2009. The series received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Animated Program from the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences. The first edition of the video game launched in February 2009 and a film version of Afro Samurai is in development with the Indomina Group, with Jackson as one of the producers.
On television, in addition to The Sunset Limited, Jackson starred in John Frankenheimer’s Emmy Award-winning Against the Wall for HBO. His performance earned him a Cable Ace nomination as Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries, as well as a Golden Globe nomination.
Michael IMPERIOLI (Chucky)
Michael Imperioli, acclaimed actor, writer and producer, has established a successful career in both television and film. He is currently filming the seventh season of the hit Showtime comedy, Californication. His other recent film credits include Vijay and I, with Danny Pudi and Patricia Arquette and the thriller The Call opposite Halle Berry and Abigail Breslin, sci-fi thriller The Scribbler, and horror film Foreclosure. On television, he recently starred as the elusive yet tough as nails Detective Louis Fitch on ABC’s police drama Detroit 1-8-7 and Ray Carling on the critically acclaimed drama series, Life on Mars.
Imperioli is best known for his role as Christopher Moltisanti on the acclaimed series The Sopranos, which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Emmy® Award, five Emmy nominations, as well as numerous Golden Globe and SAG nominations. In addition to his role as a cast member, Imperioli wrote five episodes of the show. He also had a star turn on the right side of the law as a detective in the acclaimed series Law & Order, and was the voice of Frankie in the DreamWorks Academy Award-nominated Shark Tale.
The Hungry Ghosts, a New York City-based feature which Imperioli wrote and directed, was released in 2009. In December 2009, he starred in Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones, based on the bestselling book, opposite Rachel Weiz and Mark Wahlberg.
Imperioli first came to the public's attention as Spider in Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas." In his more than 30 film roles, he has worked with such acclaimed directors as Spike Lee on Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, Clockers, Girl 6 and Summer of Sam; the Hughes Brothers on Dead Presidents, Nancy Savoca on Household Saints and Henry Jaglom on the soon to be released The M Word. Other credits include Campbell Scott's Hamlet, Peter Mattei's Love in the Time of Money, Gary Winnick's Sweet Nothing and the comedy My Baby's Daddy.
As a writer, Imperioli has done work for Dimension on King Suckerman and penned the screen adaptation of Mario Puzo's Omerta for Miramax. He also wrote and executive-produced Summer of Sam.
Linda EMOND (Edwina Burke)
Linda Emond's film work includes the forthcoming Untitled Terrence Malick Project, featuring Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman and Christian Bale; Nora Ephron’s Oscar nominated Julie & Julia, in which she plays Simone 'Simca' Beck opposite Meryl Streep; Noah Buschel’s mystery, The Missing Person; Stop-Loss,with Ryan Phillippe and Joseph Gordon-Levitt directed by Kimberly Peirce; the crime-thriller Trade, with Kevin Kline; Across the Universe, directed by Julie Taymor; Niki Caro’s North Country, starring Charlize Theron; Dark Water, directed by Walter Salles; The Dying Gaul, directed by Craig Lucas; and City By the Sea, starring Robert De Niro and directed by Michael Caton-Jones.
Television film work includes Georgia O'Keeffe, with Joan Allen and Jeremy Irons and directed by Bob Balaban; Hallmark Hall of Fame's A Dog Named Christmas, opposite Bruce Greenwood; and American Experience: John & Abigail Adams, opposite Simon Russell Beale. Episodic work includes recurring roles on The Good Wife and Elementary, appearances on Unforgettable, The Sopranos, Gossip Girl, and multiple episodes on all four Law & Orders.
For her work on stage, Linda has been nominated for two Tony Awards, received an Obie Award, the Lucille Lortel Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Backstage West Garland Award, multiple Chicago Jeff Awards, and nominations for the Drama Desk, Drama League, LA Drama Critics and LA Ovation Awards.
On Broadway, she recently appeared in Death of a Salesman, opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield, directed by Mike Nichols; Life x 3, with John Turturro, Helen Hunt, and Brent Spiner; and in 1776, opposite Mr. Spiner and Pat Hingle. Off-Broadway, she appeared opposite Al Pacino in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, and in the premieres of pieces by Craig Lucas, Yasmina Reza, Kander and Ebb, A. R. Gurney, Peter Hedges, and Tony Kushner. Her work as The Homebody, in Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul, spanned five years and three productions. In 2011 she premiered Kushner’s latest piece, The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures, in the role of Empty, which was written for her.
James RANSONE (Dr. Tom Melby)
James Ransone is currently set to star in MCC Theater’s New York premiere of John Pollano’s, Small Engine Repair, opposite James Badge Dale, which will begin Off-Broadway performance in November. He recently wrapped two independent features, Cymbeline, opposite Ed Harris, Ethan Hawk and Milla Jovovich and Bloomin Mud Shuffle in addition to the AMC series Low Winter Sun playing the lead role of Damon Callis. James also just finished shooting Tristan Patterson's independent feature Electric Slide, opposite Jim Sturgess and Chloe Sevigny. He is best known for his work on HBO's critically acclaimed shows, Generation Kill, Treme, and his tour de force performance in The Wire. He was last seen on the big screen in Scott Derrickson's thriller Sinister, starring opposite Ethan Hawke. His other credits include Broken City, opposite Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg, The Son of No One, opposite Channing Tatum and Al Pacino, and The Next Three Days, opposite Russell Crowe.