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JOHN CARTER (2012)
Release Date: March 9, 2012
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Director: Andrew Stanton
Screenwriter: Andrew Stanton, Mark Andrews, Michael Chabon
Starring: Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins, Samantha Morton
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
MPAA Rating: PG-13
TAYLOR KITSCH (John Carter) kick-started his career in 2002 when he moved to New York to study with renowned acting coach Sheila Grey. He landed his first major feature film the following year and has worked consistently in film and television ever since.
Perhaps best known for his part in NBC's critically acclaimed television series "Friday
Night Lights," Kitsch brings poignancy and vulnerability to the role of Tim Riggins, a Texas high school fallback struggling to find his identity and wresting his demons by way of the bottle.
During the show's first summer hiatus, Taylor filmed the feature, "Gospel Hill," alongside Julia Stiles, Danny Glover, Angela Bassett and Samuel L. Jackson. Directed by Giancarlo Esposito, the film focuses on the bigoted former sheriff of a southern town and a one-time civil rights worker whose intersecting lives are still haunted by events that took place decades before.
Most recently, Kitsch starred in Steven Silver's "The Bang Bang Club," portraying Pulitzer Prize–winning photojournalist Kevin Carter, whose work in South Africa helps to bring about the fall of apartheid.
Other feature film credits include: Renny Harlin's horror flick "The Covenant," Richard Ellis' cult classic "Snakes on a Plane," Betty Thomas' comedy "John Tucker Must Die," and most significantly, starring as Gambit in Gavin Hood's 2009 sci-fi action adventure, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," alongside Hugh Jackman and "John Carter" co-star Lynn Collins.
LYNN COLLINS (Dejah Thoris) most recently starred as Kayla Silverfox in 20 th Century Fox's summer blockbuster "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," alongside Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Liev Schreiber and Dominic Monaghan. She also had a recurring role as the vampire-loving waitress Dawn Green in season one of HBO's hit, "True Blood."
Born and raised in Texas, Collins moved to New York upon acceptance into the esteemed Juilliard School in Manhattan to study acting. While at Juilliard, she was honored with the two most prestigious awards given to drama students: The Houseman Award for Exceptional Ability in Classical Theatre and Command of Language and The Michael St. Denis Award, given to one member of the graduating class for Outstanding Achievement and Commitment to the Ensemble.
After graduating, Collins landed her first starring role on the New York stage playing Ophelia opposite Liev Schreiber in NYSF Public Theatre's production of "Hamlet." Other theatre roles that followed include: Juliet in Sir Peter Hall's "Romeo and Juliet," the leading role in Scott Elliot's "The Women" on Broadway, and her highly acclaimed performance as Rosalind in NYSF Public Theatre's production of "As You Like It" at the Delacorte Theatre. Most recently, she portrayed Carolyn Goldenhersh in "A Very Common Practice" at New York's legendary Lucille Lortel Theatre, again garnering rave reviews for her performance.
On the big screen, Collins has displayed tremendous range and versatility in her choice of roles, including: "Uncertainty," an improvised film directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel; the lead female part in Michael Radford's "The Merchant of Venice," alongside Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes; Alan Ball's "Towelhead," Joel Schumacher's "The Number Nine," with Jim Carrey and Virginia Madsen, "Numb," co starring Matthew Perry, and William Friedkin's "Bug," alongside Ashley Judd.
Collins most recently completed filming "Waska," an American independent, starring opposite Jeremy Piven.
Multi-award winning British actress SAMANTHA MORTON (Sola) first came to the attention of International film audiences in 1997 starring in Carine Adler's harrowing feature, "Under the Skin." It was a role that earned her unanimous critical acclaim and the Boston Film Critics Award for Best Actress.
In 1999, Woody Allen cast her as the mute Hattie in "Sweet and Lowdown," for which she received both Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Morton went on to star in Lynne Ramsay's highly acclaimed "Morvern Callar," and then opposite Tom Cruise in Spielberg's "Minority Report." She played Maria Gonzales in Michael Winterbottom's "Code 46," and in 2002, she played Sarah in Jim Sheridan's "In America," earning her a second Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. The following year, she starred opposite Daniel Craig in Roger Michell's "Enduring Love," for which she received a Best Actress nomination at the British Independent Film Awards.
In 2007, Morton played opposite Jim Broadbent as the notorious child-murderer Myra Hindley in the NBC/Channel 4 film, "Longford." The performance earned her the Best Actress Golden Globe®, and a BAFTA and an Emmy® nomination. On the big screen she received critical acclaim and a further BAFTA nomination playing Deborah Curtis in Anton Corbijn's multi award-winning film, "Control."
Other notable film credits include; New Zealand epic "River Queen"; "The Libertine," opposite Johnny Depp; Shekhar Kapur's "The Golden Age," playing Mary Queen Of Scots; "The Messenger," opposite Woody Harrelson; and Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche," co-starring Philip Seymour Hoffman.
In 2009, Morton made her directorial debut with "The Unloved," a film looking at the British government's care system for orphans and children in danger, as seen through the eyes of an eleven-year-old girl. The film won the BAFTA Television award for Best Single Drama.
In 1979, WILLEM DAFOE (Tars Tarkas) was given a small role in Michael Cimino's "Heaven's Gate," from which he was fired. His first feature role came shortly after in Kathryn Biglow's "The Loveless." From there, he went on to perform in over 60 movies: in Hollywood ("Spiderman," "The English Patient," "Finding Nemo," "Once Upon a Time in Mexico," "Clear and Present Danger," "White Sands," "Mississippi Burning," "Streets On Fire") and in independent cinema in the U.S. ("The Clearing," "Animal Factory," "Basquiat," "The Boondock Saints," "American Psycho") and abroad (Von Trier's "Manderlay," Yim Ho's "Pavilion of Women," Yurek Bogayevicz's "Edges of the Lord," Wenders' "Far Away So Close," and Brian Gilbert's "Tom & Viv").
Dafoe has chosen projects for diversity of roles and opportunities to work with strong directors. He has worked in the film of West Anderson ("The Life Aquatic"), Martin Scorsese ("The Aviator," "The Last Temptation of Christ"), Paul Schrader ("Auto Focus," "Affliction," "Light Sleeper," "The Walker"), David Cronenberg ("Existenz"), Abel Ferrara ("New Rose Hotel"), David Lynch ("Wild at Heart"), William Friedkin ("To Live and Die in LA"), and Oliver Stone ("Born on the Fourth of July," "Platoon").
He was nominated twice for the Academy Award® ("Platoon" and "Shadow of the Vampire") and once for the Golden Globe®. Among other nominations and awards, he received an LA Film Critics Award and an Independent Spirit Award.
Recent projects include; Lars Von Trier's "Antichrist," Wes Anderson's "The Fantastic Mr. Fox," Werner Herzog's "My Son My Son," Paul Weitz's "The Vampire's Assistant," "Anamorph," "Mr. Bean's Holiday," Paul Schrader's "Adam Resurrected," Spike Lee's "Inside Man," Paul Weitz's "American Dreamz," the Nobuhiro Suwa segment of "Paris, Je T'aime," and Giada Colagrande's "Before It Had a Name" (which was co-written by Dafoe).
Upcoming films include "Fireflies in the Garden," opposite Julia Roberts, Julian Schnabel's "Miral," Christian Carion's "Farewell," Giada Colagrande's "A Woman," Theo Angelopoulos' "The Dust of Time" and Abel Ferrara's "Go Go Tales."
Dafoe is one of the founding members of The Wooster Group, the New York based experimental theatre collective. He has created and performed in the group's work from 1977 thru 2005, both in the U.S. and internationally.
DOMINIC WEST (Sab Than) has successfully combined a career in both the UK and the U.S., with leading roles in international film, American television and on the London stage. After graduating from Trinity College Dublin and then from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, West won the Ian Charleson award for Best Newcomer for his performance in Sir Peter Hall's production of "The Seagull. "
A very successful film career soon followed with West winning leading roles in studio movies including: "28 Days," opposite Sandra Bullock, "Mona Lisa's Smile," with Julia Roberts, and "The Forgotten," with Julianne Moore. He also starred as Theron in Warner Bros.' "300." Further credits include: "Chicago," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "True Blue," "Hannibal Rising," "Rock Star," "The Phantom Menace," "Surviving Picasso," and "Richard III."
In 2000, he won the role of McNulty in HBO's "The Wire," one of the most critically acclaimed television programs ever made in the U.S. The show ran for five seasons, with West directing an episode in the final season.
His theatre credits include Peter Gill's production of Harley Granville Barker's "The Voysey Inheritance" at the Royal National Theatre, David Lan's West End production of "As You Like It," in which he starred opposite Helen McCrory, and Trevor Nunn's West End production of Tom Stoppard's most recent play, " Rock N' Roll," which opened to huge plaudits at The Royal Court Theatre in summer 2006.
Most recently, West played Oliver Cromwell in Channel 4's BAFTA-nominated television series "The Devil's Whore." He has just completed a theatre run playing the lead in Pedro Calderon de la Barca's "Life Is a Dream" at the Donmar Warehouse in London, and will next be seen on the big screen starring in Neil Marshall's period feature, "Centurion."
MARK STRONG (Matai Shang) is counted among the finest actors of his generation. Having studied English and Drama at London University, and then acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, he now boasts an award-winning career spanning film, theatre, television and radio, working with such directors as Danny Boyle, Ridley Scott, Guy Ritchie, Peter Weir and Roman Polanski, to name but a few.
In theatre his credits include: "The Plantaganets," directed by Adrian Noble, and "Hess Is Dead," directed by Danny Boyle for the Royal Shakespeare Company. "Richard III," directed by Richard Eyre, "King Lear," by Deborah Warner and "Death of a Salesman," directed by David Thacker at the National Theatre, and "Twelfth Night" and "Uncle Vanya," directed by Sam Mendes at the Donmar Warehouse, for which he received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Television appearances include: "The Long Firm," for which he was nominated for the Best Actor BAFTA and won the Best Actor Award at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards, "Henry VII," playing the Duke Of Norfolk, "Prime Suspect" as Commander Hall, "Emma," playing Mr Knightly, "Anna Karenina" as Oblonsky, and the multi award-winning "Our Friends in the North."
Strong has over 30 credits on the silver screen, recent feature films include: Ridley Scott's "Body of Lies" (for which he was nominated Best Supporting Actor at the London Critics Circle Film Awards) and "Robin Hood," Matthew Vaughn's "Stardust" and "Kick Ass," Peter Travis' "Endgame," "The Young Victoria" for Jean Marc Vallee, and "Rocknrolla" and "Sherlock Holmes" for Guy Ritchie. Strong also stars in Peter Weir's "The Way Back" and Kevin Macdonald's "The Eagle of the Ninth."
THOMAS HADEN CHURCH (Tal Hajus) caught the world's attention when he was nominated for an Academy Award® for his role as Jack, starring opposite Paul Giamatti in Alexander Payne's critically acclaimed "Sideways." The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and went on to win numerous awards, including a Golden Globe® for Best Comedy Picture, Broadcast Film Critics award for Best Picture, a Screen Actors Guild/SAG® Award for Best Ensemble Cast, and six independent Spirit Awards. Church was also honored by the Broadcast Film Critics and the Independent Spirit Awards as Best Supporting Actor.
On television, he is best known for his role as the bucket-headed mechanic, Lowell Mather, on the NBC series "Wings." He is also known for his lead role in the FOX series "Ned and Stacey," in which he starred as the self-righteous Ned Dorsey. In 1997, Time magazine proclaimed, "Ned Dorsey is one of the six reasons to watch television."
Amongst Church's numerous feature film credits is box-office blockbuster "George of the Jungle," opposite Brendan Fraser, and "Free Money." opposite Marlon Brando. In 2007, he won an Emmy® Award and received a Golden Globe® and Screen Actors Guild® nomination for his role in Walter Hill's Western epic, "Broken Trail," in which he co starred with Robert Duvall.
In 2006, Church utilized his unique voice in two voice-over roles: first as a cow in Dreamworks' "Over the Hedge," and then in Paramount Pictures' remake of the classic "Charlotte's Web," as Brooks the crow.
Church's other recent film credits include: "Imagine That," opposite Eddie Murphy, "Don McKay," co-starring Elisabeth Shue and Melissa Leo, and "All About Steve," with Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper. He starred opposite Dennis Quaid and Sarah Jessica Parker in Miramax's 2008 art-house film "Smart People," featured in "Easy A," a comedy directed by Will Gluck, and starred as the villainous Sandman in "Spider-Man 3," which became the biggest box-office hit of 2007 for Sony Pictures.
In addition, Church directed and co-wrote the film "Rolling Kansas," which premiered as an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival 2003.
CIARÁN HINDS (Tardos Mors) began his career at The Glasgow Citizens Theatre and was a member of the company for many years. In Ireland he has worked at the Lyric Theatre Belfast, the Druid Theatre Galway, and the Project and the Abbey in Dublin where he last appeared as Cuchulain in "The Yeats Cycle." For the Gate Theatre, he has most recently appeared in Conor McPherson's "The Birds," The Field Day Company's version of "Antigone," "The School for Wives" and Brian Friel's "The Yalta Game."
He toured internationally with Peter Brook's Company in "The Mahabharata" and has played leading roles at the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Royal Court, the Donmar Warehouse and the National Theatre, where he last appeared in "Burnt by the Sun" and played Larry in Patrick Marber's "Closer," which transferred to Broadway. He also appeared on Broadway in Conor McPherson's "The Seafarer."
On television, Hinds recently appeared as DCI Langton in Linda La Plante's "Above Suspicion" and as Julius Caesar in the BBC/HBO co-production of "Rome." This follows extensive television credits, including leading roles in "The Mayor of Casterbridge," "Jane Eyre," "Jason and the Argonauts," "Seaforth," "Ivanhoe," "Rules of Engagement," "Sherlock Holmes," "Soldier, Soldier," "Prime Suspect 3," and Jane Austen's award-winning "Persuasion," in which he played Captain Wentworth.
Extensive feature film credits include: Peter Greenaway's "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover," "December Bride," "Circle of Friends," "Titanic Town," "Some Mother's Son," "Oscar and Lucinda," "The Lost Son," "The Weight of Water," "Mary Reilly," "The Road to Perdition" for Sam Mendes, "The Sum of All Fears," "Mickybo and Me," "Calendar Girls," "Lara Croft: The Cradle of Life," "The Statement," "Veronica Guerin" and "The Phantom of the Opera," both for Joel Schumacher, "Miami Vice" for Michael Mann and "Munich" for Steven Spielberg. "Amazing Grace" for Michael Apted, "Nativity" for Catherine Hardwicke, "Hallam Foe," "A Tiger's Tail," "Margot at the Wedding" for Noah Baumbach, "There Will Be Blood" for Paul Thomas Anderson, "Stop Loss" for Kimberly Pearce, "In Bruges" for Martin McDonagh, "The Tale of Desperaux," "Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day," "Cash," "Race to Witch Mountain," "The Eclipse," for which he won Best Actor at the Tribeca Film Festival, "Life During Wartime," "The Debt," and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."
Born and bred in Somerset, England, JAMES PUREFOY (Kantos Kahn) was classically trained at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama in London. While playing the title role in Henry V in his final year, he was spotted by a casting director for the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and invited to join the company immediately in Stratford. He performed in eight productions, collaborating with such directors as Nicholas Hytner, Roger Michell and Gene Saks.
Today, Purefoy boasts a career spanning film, television and theatre. On the stage he has worked with Katie Mitchell on "Women of Troy" at The Gate, Matthew Warchus, Ken Stott and Jude Law on "Death of a Salesman" at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Iain Glen on "Hamlet" at Bristol Old Vic, Bill Alexander in a critically acclaimed season at Birmingham rep, playing lead parts in "The Servant," "The Way of the World" and "Macbeth" and with Simon Callow, Helen McCrory, Rupert Graves and Joseph Fiennes on "Les Enfants Du Paradis," again for the RSC. He also starred in Trevor Nunn's production of "The Relapse" at the National Theatre.
Television appearances include a starring role in ITV's mini-series "Metropolis" and TV movie "The Mayor of Casterbridge," and for the BBC, TV movies "Blackbeard" and "Beau Brummell: This Charming Man," in which he played the title role. He took the leading part in Channel 4's award-winning "A Dance to the Music of Time." In 2004, Purefoy played Mark Antony in HBO's epic award-winning TV series, "Rome." Directed by Michael Apted, amongst others, the saga concentrates on the eventful last few years of Caesar's reign. More recently, Purefoy starred in the Canadian TV miniseries "The Summit" and "Diamonds," and played the title role in NBC's television series, "The Philanthropist."
A regular on the silver screen, Purefoy's early credits include: "Feast of July" for Merchant Ivory, the title role in the romantic comedy "Jilting Joe," Rose Tronche's "Bedrooms and Hallways" and "Blink" for Channel 4.
In 2000, he starred as Tom Bertram in Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park" with Harold Pinter, Jonny Lee Miller and Francis O'Connor, followed by Ben Elton's "Maybe Baby" with Joely Richardson.
Other film credits include: "Women Talking Dirty" for Rocket Pictures, "Domani" for New Line Film, and "A Knight's Tale" with Heath Ledger for Columbia Pictures. He starred in Paul Wes Anderson's "Resident Evil," played opposite Reese Witherspoon in Mira Nair's "Vanity Fair," and took the title role in Michael J. Bassett's "Solomon Kane" and, most recently, played a Knight Templar in Jonathan English's "Ironclad," which is due for theatrical release later this year.
DARYL SABARA (Edgar Rice Burroughs) is perhaps best known for playing Juni Cortez in Robert Rodriguez' action-adventure trilogy, "Spy Kids," starring alongside Antonio Banderas.
He was recently seen in theatres, starring opposite Robin Williams in "World's Greatest Dad," for which he garnered rave reviews for his portrayal of Kyle, and in Robert Zemeckis' "A Christmas Carol" for Disney.
Teaming again with Robert Rodriguez, Sabara joined an all-star cast to film "Machete," with Robert De Niro, Jessica Alba and Lindsey Lohan.
POLLY WALKER (Sarkoja) is an actress who has captivated audiences in the U.S. and abroad with her nuanced performances. Born in England, Walker began her career as a dancer but soon turned her attention to acting, eventually moving from the Drama Centre in London to the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Walker's work in television includes a powerful portrayal of the villainous Atia of the Julii on the HBO hit series "Rome", which garnered her a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series at the 2006 Golden Globe® Awards, as well as a nomination for a Saturn Award.
In addition, Walker starred in the CBS series "Cane," opposite Jimmy Smits and Hector Elizondo, and the BBC miniseries "State of Play." She also starred in the TV movies "Lorna Doone" in the title role, "A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia" with Ralph Fiennes, and "Jeffrey Archer: The Truth," opposite Damien Lewis. Most recently, she joined the cast of the new series "Caprica," the highly anticipated spin-off of the international smash hit "Battlestar Galactica," that is set 50 years prior to the events of the first series.
On film, Walker first garnered international attention as a single-minded English member of an Irish terrorist group in Phillip Noyce's "Patriot Games," opposite Harrison Ford. She also impressed in Peter Greenaway's "8 1/2 Women," Michael Hoffman's "Restoration," with Robert Downey Jr. and Sam Neill, and Mike Newell's "Enchanted April."
Walker was recently seen on the big screen in Louis Leterrier's upcoming "Clash of the Titans," opposite Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson and Ralph Fiennes.
BRYAN CRANSTON (Powell) earned back-to-back Primetime Emmy® Awards as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Walter White in "Breaking Bad." He was previously nominated for three Emmys® and a Golden Globe® for his performance as Hal on FOX's family favorite, "Malcolm in the Middle."
Cranston's other television credits include a recurring role on "Seinfeld," HBO's "From the Earth to the Moon," and the mini-series, "I Know My First Name Is Steven," among others. He has also guest-starred on programs such as "Chicago Hope," "Touched by an Angel," "The X-Files" and many more.
Cranston's feature film credits include Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan," "Little Miss Sunshine," "Seeing Other People," "That Thing You Do," "Clean Slate" and "Kissing Miranda," just to name a few.
Born to a show-business family and raised in Southern California, Cranston made his acting debut at the age of 8 in a United Way commercial. However, it wasn't until he finished college that acting became a serious consideration. While on a cross-country motorcycle trip with his brother, he discovered community theatre and began exploring every aspect of the stage. Soon, he was cast in a summer stock company.
Cranston returned to Los Angeles and quickly landed a role on the television movie, "Love Without End," which led to his being signed as an original cast member of ABC's "Loving."
He continues to pursue his love for theatre as often as time permits. Cranston's theatrical credits include starring roles in "The God of Hell," "Chapter Two," "The Taming of the Shrew," "A Doll's House," "Eastern Standard," "Wrestlers," "Barefoot in the Park" and "The Steven Weed Show," for which he won a Drama-Logue Award.
Cranston is also a dedicated screenwriter and director. He wrote the original romantic drama "Last Chance" as a birthday gift for his wife, in which he also starred and directed. Additionally, Cranston directed several episodes of "Malcolm," the Comedy Central pilot "Special Unit" and episodes of "Breaking Bad."
Additionally, Cranston has produced an instructional DVD called KidSmartz, which is designed to educate families on how to stay safe from child abduction and Internet predators. KidSmartz raises money for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, by donating half the proceeds from sales.
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