Release Date: March 27, 2013
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Director: Jon M. Chu
Screenwriter: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Starring: Adrianne Palicki, Ray Park, Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis, Dwayne Johnson
Genre: Action, Adventure
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Dwayne Johnson ...Roadblock
Born into a family of unique entertainers, Johnson had the opportunity to develop a grass roots understanding of the nuances of live performance as he watched both his father and grandfather achieve tremendous success in the world of professional wrestling. Watching them perform throughout the country gave Johnson a primary education that was unlike any other. With a move to Pennsylvania in his latter teen years, Johnson focused his natural athletic abilities on football attracting the attention of the University of Miami. After receiving a full football scholarship, Johnson joined the powerhouse football program and won his first National Championship with the team in 1991. He played again for the National Championship in 1992, closing out his illustrious football career by competing for a third National Championship in 1995 against the University of Nebraska in the Orange Bowl.
Upon graduation Johnson capitalized on his inherent drive and discipline to turn his passion for entertainment into a life-changing career. Following in the footsteps of his World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame grandfather and father, Dwayne quickly utilized his past life lessons to develop the iconic character 'The Rock.' Johnson performed to over 10 million fans a week on television as well as both domestic and international live audiences that reached in excess of 70,000 people. Johnson consistently sold out venues such as the Houston Astrodome, Madison Square Garden and Toronto Sky Dome. As the character 'The Rock,' Dwayne achieved unprecedented success becoming a New York Times bestselling author for his autobiography entitled The Rock Says as well as a platinum recording artist for his WWE compilation CD, performing with such artists as Grammy Award-winner Wyclef Jean. In April 2011, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson made a highly anticipated return to the WWE as host of WrestleMania XXVII.
In April 2012, he will compete against John Cena in WrestleMania XXVIII in Miami, Fl.
Johnson pursued his desire to expand his entertainment mediums and transitioned from television to film where he played the Egyptian man/god 'the Scorpion King' in the 2001 blockbuster THE MUMMY RETURNS, leading to his first starring role in THE SCORPION KING in 2002. The success of that film led to subsequent leading roles in THE RUNDOWN (as a bounty hunter out of his element in South America), WALKING TALL (as a returning Persian Gulf War hero who protects his hometown from drug dealers) and GRIDIRON GANG (as a compassionate, yet tough corrections officer inspiring a team made of teenage inmates). He also gave an acclaimed standout performance in the ensemble hit BE COOL, as a colorful gay Samoan bodyguard.
Johnson has traversed the world of animation by lending his voice to PLANET 51 as astronaut 'Captain Charles Baker.' The actor returned to big-family comedy with his starring role in THE TOOTH FAIRY. Johnson was most recently seen introducing United States DSS Special Agent 'Luke Hobbs' in FAST FIVE, the fifth installment of Universal's FAST AND FURIOUS franchise. The film had the highest grossing debut of any other film in the franchise. Johnson recently wrapped production on the Jon Chu directed feature G.I. JOE: COBRA STRIKES, in which he stars as 'Roadblock" one of the franchise's largest and strongest characters. Additionally he recently starred in the Brad Peyton-directed feature JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND, which released in 3D in February 2012 and will star in and produce a biopic of black country music star Charlie Pride. In November 2010, Johnson was seen starring in the George Tillman-directed CBS Films feature "Faster," where he starred asan ex-con set to avenge his brother's death as a result of a horrific double cross during a heist gone wrong. The film marked Johnson's highly anticipated return to action.
A global philanthropist, Johnson is a committed Celebrity Cabinet Member for The American Red Cross, has served on the National Advisory Board for The Make-A-Wish Foundation where he serves as a Wish Ambassador, and has served as the National Spokesperson for After School All-Stars (f.k.a. The Arnold Schwarzenegger Youth Foundation). The Giving Back Fund recognized Dwayne in 2006 as one of the top 30 celebrities who made the largest public charitable donations (University of Miami).
In June 2008, the United States Congress, the Joint Leadership Commission and the United States Congressional Award Foundation recognized Johnson with the prestigious Horizon Award, the U.S. Congressional Award given to an individual in the private sector who has contributed to expanding opportunities for all Americans through their own contributions, and who has set exceptional examples for young people through their successes in life. Dwayne is a loving father to his 9-year-old daughter Simone.
Bruce Willis (GENERAL JOE COLTON) has demonstrated incredible versatility in a career that has included such diverse characterizations as the prizefighter in Quentin Tarantino's PULP FICTION (1994 Palme D'Or winner at Cannes), the philandering contractor in Robert Benton's NOBODY'S FOOL, the heroic time traveler in Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys, the traumatized Vietnam veteran in Norman Jewison's IN COUNTRY, the compassionate child psychologist in M. Night Shyamalan's Oscar-nominated THE SIXTH SENSE (for which he won the People's Choice Award) and his signature role, Detective John McClane, in the DIE HARD quadrilogy.
Following studies at Montclair State College's prestigious theater program, the New Jersey native honed his craft in several stage plays and countless television commercials, before landing the leading role in Sam Shepard's 1984 stage drama "Fool for Love," a run which lasted for 100 performances off-Broadway.
Willis next won international stardom and several acting awards, including Emmy and Golden Globe honors, for his starring role as private eye David Addison in the hit TV series MOONLIGHTING, winning the role over 3,000 other contenders. At the same time, He made his motion picture debut opposite Kim Basinger in Blake Edwards' romantic comedy BLIND DATE.
In 1988, he originated the role of John McClane in the blockbuster film, Die Hard, one of the highest-grossing releases of the year. He later reprised the character in three sequels- DIE HARD: DIE HARDER (1990), DIE HARD: WITH A VENGEANCE (1995's global box-office champ), and LIVE FREE, DIE HARD (one of the box-office hits of summer 2007).
His wide array of film roles includes collaborations with such respected filmmakers as Michael Bay (ARMAGEDDON), M. Night Shyamalan (THE SIXTH SENSE and UNBREAKABLE), Alan Rudolph (MORTAL THOUGHTS, BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS), Walter Hill (LAST MAN STANDING), Robert Benton (BILLY BATHGATE, NOBODY'S FOOL), Rob Reiner (THE STORY OF US), Ed Zwick (THE SIEGE), Luc Besson (THE FIFTH ELEMENT), Barry Levinson (BANDITS, WHAT JUST HAPPENED), Robert Zemeckis (DEATH BECOMES HER) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY, GRIND HOUSE).
Other motion picture credits include THE JACKAL, MERCURY RISING, HART'S WAR, THE WHOLE NINE YARDS, THE WHOLE TEN YARDS, THE KID, TEARS OF THE SUN, HOSTAGE, 16 BLOCKS, ALPHA DOG, LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN, AND PERFECT STRANGER. He also voiced the character of the wise-cracking infant, Mikey, in LOOK WHO'S TALKING and LOOK WHO'S TALKING TOO as well as the lead character RJ & Spike in the animated hit features OVER THE HEDGE and RUGRATS GO WILD!
Willis was last seen in the Golden Globe nominated feature film RED opposite Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich and he will next be seen in Wes Anderson's MOONRISE KINGDOM and Rian Johnson's sci-fi thriller LOOPER as well as this summer's G.I. JOE: RETALIATION & EXPENDABLES 2. Willis will soon begin production on A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD (the fifth installment in the popular DIE HARD franchise).
In addition to his work before the cameras, Willis produced HOSTAGE and THE WHOLE NINE YARDS and executive produced BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS, adapted from Kurt Vonnegut's best-selling novel. With brother David Willis and business partner Stephen Eads, he co-founded Willis Brothers Films, a film production company based in Los Angeles.
Willis also maintains a hand in the theater. In 1997, he co-founded A Company of Fools, a non-profit theater troupe committed to developing and sustaining stage work in the Wood River Valley of Idaho, and throughout the U.S. He starred in and directed a staging of Sam Shepard's dark comedy TRUE WEST at the Liberty Theater in Hailey, Idaho. The play, which depicts the troubled relationship between two brothers, was aired on Showtime and dedicated to Willis' late brother Robert.
An accomplished musician as well, Willis recorded the 1986 Motown album The Return of Bruno, which went platinum and contained the No. 5 Billboard hit "Respect Yourself." Three years later, he recorded a second album If It Don't Kill You, It Just Makes You Stronger. In 2002, he launched a U.S. club tour with his musical group, Bruce Willis and the Blues Band and he traveled to Iraq to play for U.S. service men.
Most recently, Tatum starred in Steven Soderbergh's HAYWIRE (formerly known as KNOCKOUT). In this spy thriller Tatum starred opposite Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender and Michael Douglas. The movie was released on January 20, 2012.
Also in 2012, Tatum starred in Sony Screen Gems' THE VOW opposite Rachel McAdams. THE VOW revolves around the real-life story of New Mexico newlyweds who are involved in a car crash. The wife slips into a coma and is cared for by her devoted husband. When she wakes up, without any memory of her husband or their marriage, he attempts to win her heart again. The film is directed by Michael Sucsy and was released on February 10, 2012.
Immediately following, Tatum starred in a contemporary motion picture adaptation of 21 JUMP STREET opposite Jonah Hill. Tatum and Hill are also executive producers on the project, which is directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller from a screenplay by Michael Bacall based on a treatment from Hill and Bacall. Sony released the movie on March 16, 2012.
Tatum will then star in the Warner Bros. film MAGIC MIKE directed by Steven Soderbergh. The film also stars Matthew McConaughey, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello. The film was produced by Tatum and his Iron Horse productions partner Reid Carolin, who also wrote the script. Other producers include Nick Wechsler, Gregory Jacobs and Steven Soderbergh. The film centers around the world in which Channing Tatum experienced while he was a stripper at eighteen years old. The film will be released on June 29, 2012.
Tatum will also be seen in TEN YEAR, a film which he produced alongside producing partner Reid Carolin and their Iron Horse production company. The movie follows Tatum's character to his High School Reunion as he tries to decide whether or not he wants to propose to his girlfriend. Also in the film are Jenna Dewan, Rosario Dawson, Lynn Collins, Kate Mara, Anna Faris, Brian Geraghty, Justin Long and Chris Pratt. The film was screened at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival and will be released by Anchor Bay in Spring 2012.
Tatum recently starred in the crime thriller THE SON OF NO ONE, opposite Al Pacino and Katie Holmes which premiered at Sundance in January 2011 and was released on November 4, 2011.
In 2011, Tatum starred in the Roman epic adventure THE EAGLE, directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald and produced by Duncan Kenworthy. Tatum stars opposite Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland.
In 2010, Tatum starred opposite Amanda Seyfried in the Sony Screen Gems box office hit, DEAR JOHN, based on the adaptation of the Nicolas Sparks (THE NOTEBOOK) bestseller. He played a soldier on leave from the army when he meets and falls in love with a young woman (Seyfried). Lasse Hallstrom (THE CIDER HOUSE RULES, CHOCOLAT) directed the adapted script by Jamie Linden. The film has grossed over 100 million dollars worldwide.
In August 2009, Tatum was seen in Paramount Pictures Box office hit, G.I. JOE directed by Stephen Sommers. Tatum starred opposite Sienna Miller, Marlon Wayans and Dennis Quaid. He will reprise his role in G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, which will be released on June 29, 2012.
In April 2009, Tatum starred opposite Terrance Howard in the Universal/Rogue Pictures film, FIGHTING, directed by Dito Montiel. Channing starred as 'Sean Arthur', a young man struggling to survive on the streets of New York when he is discovered by a veteran street hustler (Howard) and lured into a dangerous world of underground street fighting.
In March 2008, Tatum starred in the Paramount Pictures drama, STOPLOSS by critically acclaimed director Kimberly Peirce (BOYS DON'T CRY) and producer Scott Rudin.
In 2006, Tatum received an Independent Spirit nomination and a Gotham Award nomination for his powerful role in the independent film, A GUIDE TO RECOGNIZING YOUR SAINTS, which won the Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble Performance as well as the dramatic directing award for Dito Montiel at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. The film was written and directed by Dito Montiel and was based on Montiel's 2003 memoir of the same title. This powerful coming-of-age drama takes place in 1980's Astoria and follows Montiel's impoverished and violent life from his youth (portrayed by Shia LaBeouf) to adulthood (portrayed by Robert Downey Jr.). His father is portrayed by Chazz Palminteri and Tatum plays the role of 'Antonio', Dito's best friend. Newsday called his performance "charismatic" with Daily Variety going on to say that "Tatum creates a powerful study of a self-destructive street guy trapped with no good options." Rolling Stone stated, "keep your eyes on newcomer Channing Tatum as Dito's loose-cannon friend Antonio. Shirtless and oozing physical and sexual threat, Tatum stalks his turf like Brando in Streetcar." The Boston Herald referred to his performance as "Robert De Niro-esque" and The New York Times states "Mr. Tatum, who has the bullish physicality of a young Brando, is an electrifying actor, and I suspect we'll be seeing a lot more of him after this breakout performance."
In March 2006, Tatum starred opposite Amanda Bynes in the Dreamworks film, SHE'S THE MAN. This film is directed by Andy Fickman and produced by Lauren Shuler Donner.
In August 2006, Tatum starred in the box office hit, STEP UP, directed by Anne Fletcher and produced by Adam Shankman. The film centers around 'Tyler Gage', played by Tatum, a street smart juvenile delinquent who gets sentenced to community service at a high school for the performing arts.
Tatum was born in Alabama and grew up in Florida. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Jenna Dewan.
Adrianne Palicki (LADY JAYE) Best known for her critically acclaimed role on NBC's "Friday Night Lights," Adrianne Palicki is a talented young actress who has established herself as a breakout star of both television and film. Palicki was recently cast as the role of LADY JAYE in the upcoming sequel G.I. JOE: RETALIATION alongside Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson. The film will be released by Paramount on June 29, 2012.
Palicki will next be seen in MGM's remake of RED DAWN. She stars as 'Toni,' the role originated by Jennifer Grey, in an ensemble cast including Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck and Connor Cruise.
Palicki recently starred in Sony Pictures' epic film LEGION, released in January 2010. Paul Bettany stars as the archangel 'Michael,' the only one standing between mankind and an apocalypse after God loses faith in humanity. Man's lone hope rests with a group of strangers who must deliver a baby that they realize is Christ in his second coming. Palicki plays 'Charlie,' the woman carrying the child. The cast also includes Dennis Quaid, Kate Walsh and Lucas Black.
Palicki also starred in the 2009 independent comedy WOMEN IN TROUBLE opposite Carla Gugino, Josh Brolin, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Connie Britton and Marley Shelton. The film focuses on six women in Los Angeles as their lives become intertwined in the course of 24 hours.
From 2006-2009, Palicki starred as a series regular in the first three seasons of the acclaimed NBC drama series "Friday Night Lights," opposite Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. "Friday Night Lights" is based on the book and film by the same name which follows a small-town, top-ranked high school football team and the lives surrounding it. In the 2011 fifth and final season, Palicki returned to her role as 'Tyra Collette' in the final two episodes and has received critical praise for her role on the show.
Palicki was born and raised in Ohio. She made the decision to move to Los Angeles when she decided to pursue an acting career. Her first project was director John Woo's television remake of the classic program "Lost in Space," where she played Judy Robinson. Among her television credits are "North Shore," South Beach" and "CSI." She had a recurring role as "Super Girl" on "Smallville," and continues to appear in a recurring role on "Supernatural."
Palicki loves to paint and collects and reads comic books. She resides in Los Angeles.
DJ Cotrona (FLINT) DJ will be seen this summer in Paramount Pictures' G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, starring opposite Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, Ray Parker, Adrianne Palicki, Jonathan Pryce and Ray Stevenson. He was last seen starring opposite Michael Imperiloi on ABC's "Detroit 1-8-7" and in theaters starring opposite Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried in Screen Gems' DEAR JOHN based off Nicholas Sparks successful novel. Some of DJ's other credits include starring opposite Lizzy Caplan and Jenny Wade in the independent film LOVE IS THE DRUG, and as a series regular on the NBC series "Windfall".
Byung-hun Lee (STORM SHADOW) Byung-hun Lee is an international superstar who is recognized as one of the starters of the "Korean Boom" in television and film. Known as one of the Four Kings in Japan., Lee is the only actor to sell out the Tokyo Dome with 45,000 screaming fans. Having completed a 70,000 fan arena tour in Japan in 2007 and planning another tour in 2011. He has solidified his position as one of Asia's top stars.
Lee started his acting career in 1991 with a Korean TV drama "Asphalt, My Hometown". Since then he has done many dramas on the small screen including "Tomorrow Love", "Police", "Son of Wind", "Happy Together", "Beautiful Days", "All In", and "Iris" in 2009.
Although much of his early success came from television dramas, Lee's real passion was for making films on the big screen. THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE WEIRD and I COME WITH THE RAIN premiered in 2008. Lee's most recent film I SAW THE DEVIL premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. Lee's first attempt at a Hollywood film came with G.I.JOE: RISE OF COBRA in 2010. With the success it received globally, he just wrapped production on G.I JOE: RETALIATION for a release date of June 29, 2012.
Ray Park (SNAKE EYES) Raymond Park was born August 23, 1974 in Glasgow, Scotland. Park always wanted to be in the movies, but was most inspired by martial arts. He began to nurture a love for martial arts from the age of seven, when his father's love of Bruce Lee films sparked a fire in the youngster's mind that would never extinguish. Specializing in the traditional Chinese Northern Shaolin Kung-fu (in the Chin Woo style Park moved on to master various other styles, most notably Wushu). Soon becoming a regular fixture at martial arts exhibitions and tournaments, the now defined athlete topped Great Britain's martial arts championships before later travelling to Malaysia to refine his skills.
Conquering numerous championships worldwide and winning multiple medals, Park realized a personal dream when he competed in the Martial Arts World Championships in 1995. It was during one of his frequent visits to Malaysia that he was approached to audition as a stunt man for 1997's "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation." Conjuring memories of his youthful cinematic martial arts passion, Park attempted to learn as much as possible about the process of filmmaking. Soon gaining more scenes and becoming more natural on the set, he was later contacted by stunt coordinator Nick Gillard to audition for George Lucas' upcoming Star Wars prequel. Offered the job by producer Rick McCallum, Park was given the creative freedom to develop his choreography by an impressed Lucas, and was soon gaining the confidence to develop his role to the best of his abilities. In 1999, Park appeared in STAR WARS EPISODE 1: THE PHANTOM MENACE as the Sith Lord Darth Maul. (From his work on Star Wars, Park was cast in a cameo role in FAN BOYS as a Skywalker Ranch security guard who says, "Time for you to get mauled, boy," as he pulls out two nightsticks.)
Soon after, Ray was cast as Christopher Walken's fight stunt double in the film, SLEEPY HOLLOW. Park had his first real speaking part in X-MEN as Toad. In one scene of this film, after sending Storm (Halle Berry) down an elevator shaft, he picks up a length of pipe and swings it around in much the same way he swung his dual-bladed light saber as Darth Maul, a signature wushu movement. Ray's other feature credits include BALLISTIC: ECKS VS. SEVER, SLAYER, WHAT WE DO IS SECRET? and THE LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE.
In January 2008, Park was confirmed for the role of SNAKE-EYES, one of the original contingent of G.I. JOE, for the film G.I. JOE: RISE OF COBRA, involving a variation of the international G.I. JOE force, which in the comics, fought the minions of COBRA. Later that year, he joined the cast of "Heroes" as "Edgar" and provided stunt work and choreography for the motion capture team who produced the 2008 James Bond video game – "Quantum of Solace." Last year, Ray starred opposite Maggie Q and Sean Faris in THE KING OF FIGHTERS, fought alongside Zachary Levi in NO REST FOR THE WICKED, and narrated an introduction to THE FIREBREATHER, a car from Classic Design Concepts in Detroit Autorama 2010, the vehicle is part of the Supernatural thriller JINN, which also plays a lead role.
This year, Ray Park reprised his role as SNAKE EYES in G.I. JOE: RETALIATION along with Channing Tatum. He is joined this time by Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis, Adrianne Palicki and Ray Stevenson.
Jonathan Pryce (PRESIDENT) Jonathan Pryce is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning actor, known for his outstanding performances on both stage and screen. From his seminal theatre performances in Hamlet and Miss Saigon to film roles in Carrington and Pirates of the Caribbean, he has entertained audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond.
Jonathan studied at RADA and upon graduating, joined the Liverpool Everyman Theatre Company for an 18-month season, followed by a season at the Nottingham Playhouse under the direction of Richard Eyre. He then returned to the Everyman for a season as Artistic Director.
An illustrious career of theatre credits followed. In 1975, he starred in Trevor Griffiths' "Comedians", directed by Richard Eyre at The Old Vic, and then took that role to New York, directed by Mike Nichols, where he won his first Tony Award for Best Actor. A season with the Royal Shakespeare Company came next, with lead roles in "The Taming of the Shrew", "Antony and Cleopatra" and "Measure for Measure", and in 1980, Jonathan won an Olivier Award for his highly acclaimed "Hamlet", directed by Richard Eyre, at the Royal Court. Subsequent theatre credits include: "Tally's Folly" at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith; playing The Fool in "Accidental Death of an Anarchist" on Broadway; "The Seagull", opposite Vanessa Redgrave; "Macbeth" at the RSC; and "Uncle Vanya", directed by Michael Blakemore.
In 1989 Jonathan created the role of The Engineer in the musical "Miss Saigon", for which he was awarded his second Tony, together with the Drama Desk, Olivier and Outer Circle Critics awards for Best Actor in a musical. Other musical starring roles have since followed in "Oliver!" and "My Fair Lady" in London and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" on Broadway.
His recent theatre credits include "The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?" at the Almeida Theatre and Apollo Theatre, which garnered him a nomination for Best Actor at the Olivier Awards; "Glengarry Glen Ross", directed by James MacDonald; "Dimetos" at The Donmar Warehouse; and his landmark performance as Davies in "The Caretaker", which played initially at the Liverpool Playhouse before transferring to the West End in 2010.
Jonathan's achievements on stage have been mirrored by his success on screen. His early film credits include Stuart Rosenburg's VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED, Brian Gibdon's BREAKING GLASS, for which he won Best Newcomer at the Evening Standard Awards, Jack Clayton's SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, and Terry Gilliam's award-winning BRAZIL, which was to be followed later by two other collaborations with GILLIAM: THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN and THE BROTHERS GRIMM.
Other film credits include THE PLOUGHMAN'S LUNCH, MAN ON FIRE, CONSUMING PASSIONS, THE DOCTOR and the Devil's, JUMPIN' JACK FLASH, Scorcese"s THE AGE OF INNOCENCE and GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, and in 1995 Pryce starred in Christopher Hampton's CARRINGTON, which brought him Best Actor awards at the Cannes Film Festival and the Evening Standard Awards and a BAFTA Award nomination. A starring role alongside Madonna in EVITA followed, as well as a memorable turn as the James Bond villain Eliot Carver in TOMORROW NEVER DIES, and roles in RONIN and STIGMATA.
His most recent film work includes: G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, directed by Jon M. Chu; JUNK, directed by Justin Trefgarne; HYSTERIA, directed by Tania Wexler; BEDTIME STORIES, directed by Adam Shankman; G.I.JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, directed by Stephen Sommers; MY ZINC BED, directed by Anthony Page; LEATHERHEADS, directed George Clooney; DE-LOVELY, directed by Irwin Walker; and THE AFFAIR OF THE NECKLACE, directed by Charles Shyer. Jonathan is also known to millions for his role as Governor Weatherby Swann in the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL, DEAD MAN'S CHEST and AT WORLD'S END.
Jonathan's television work includes: HBO's "Barbarians at the Gate" (for which he was Emmy and Golden Globe nominated), the lead roles of Wallace in the BBC TV film "The Man from the Pru" and Gerd Heidemann in the four-part telefilm "Selling Hitler"; starring in "Great Moments in Aviation" for BBC Films, directed by Beeban Kidron; playing Sherlock Holmes in "Baker Street Irregulars", directed by Julian Kemp for RDF Media; and the lead role in "Thicker Than Water" for BBC TV. Most recently, he played Mr. Buxton in "Cranford: Return to Cranford", for which he received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Mini-series or Drama.
In recognition of his many achievements in film, television and theatre Jonathan was awarded an honorary doctorate from Liverpool University in 2006, and in 2009 he was awarded the C.B.E in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
RZA (BLIND MASTER) RZA, while best known as the founder, producer and mastermind behind the Wu-Tang Clan, has built an incredibly diverse and successful career as a musician, a composer of film scores, a producer, an actor, a businessman, a player and advocate of chess, and as the author of The Wu-Tang Manual and the New York Times Best Seller, The Tao of Wu.
Born Robert F. Diggs in Brownsville, Brooklyn, RZA first surfaced on the hip-hop scene during the early '90s. After brief stints as a member of the group All In Together Now and as a solo artist under the name Prince Rakeem, he formed the Wu-Tang Clan in 1992.
Based in Staten Island the band went on to become one of the most successful and influential hip-hop groups of all time.
Their debut LP, 1993's Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), driven by RZA's unique, groundbreaking beats and signature gritty production style, has become a definitive hip-hop classic and is revered as one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever. Collectively their albums went on to sell over 12 million copies worldwide.
He went on to release several solo albums, under his own name and the name of his hedonistic alter ego Bobby Digital, including RZA as Bobby Digital in Stereo, Digital Bullet, Birth of a Prince, and, most recently, Digi Snax. Overall, RZA has sold over 44 million records. An avid chess player, in the 90's RZA created WuChess.com, the world's first online hip-hop chess community - where chess players and hip-hop fans could learn from chess masters, compete for scholarships, and square off against the RZA and other hip-hop celebrities.
This year, RZA made his directorial debut directing THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS, which he co-wrote with Eli Roth and will star as 'The Blacksmith.' The film stars Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, Jamie Chung, Daniel Wu and Cung Le. Eli Roth and Strike Entertainment produced. Quentin Tarantino executive produced and is presenting the film. Universal will distribute this picture in 2012. RZA is currently composing the films score.
RZA recently signed on to star in the highly anticipated Quentin Tarantino film DJANGO UNCHAINED for the Weinstein Company. RZA will play 'Thaddeus,' a violent slave working on a Mississippi plantation.
RZA can currently be seen starring opposite David Duchovny in a recurring arc on Showtime's critically acclaimed series, "Californication." Season 5 premiere's January 8, 2012.
RZA just wrapped playing the comic book character BLIND MASTER in Lorenzo di Bonaventura's G.I. JOE: RETALIATION. This is Paramount Studios first summer tent pole of 2012 and opens June 29, 2012.
RZA's additional credits include Miguel Sapochnik's REPO MEN, Paul Haggis' film THE NEXT THREE DAYS, Todd Phillip's DUE DATE, Judd Apatow's FUNNY PEOPLE, Ridley Scott's AMERICAN GANGSTER, Buddy Giovinazzo's LIFE IS HOT IN CRACK TOWN, and Mikael Håfström's DERAILED.
RZA has an extremely distinguished body of work in music scoring for filmmakers such as Ridley Scott, Jim Jarmusch and Quentin Tarantino. RZA recently scored the Emmy nominated American adaptation of the Japanese anime "Afro Samurai" executive produced and starring Samuel L. Jackson.
On the entrepreneur front, RZA recently collaborated with Swedish company WeSC, to launch Chambers by RZA headphones which are due out in December. RZA is also scheduled to launch his new app "RZA's World" which is an entertainment app that highlights exclusive RZA related content including a direct newsfeed, chess engine, guidance on life's tribulations from RZA himself and a retail forum for fans to purchase branded merchandising.
Ray Stevenson (FIREFLY) Perhaps best known for his starring role in the HBO/BBC television series "Rome," Ray Stevenson portrayed the legionary Titus Pullo to both critical and public acclaim. Since the series wrapped, he has been working non-stop in a wide variety of feature films.
Among his current projects, Stevenson can be seen in director Jonathon Hensleigh's KILL THE IRISHMAN, playing the title character in a true crime story of notorious mobster Danny Greene, with Christopher Walken, Vincent D'Onofrio and Val Kilmer. Hensleigh & Jeremy Walters wrote the screenplay based on the nonfiction book To Kill the Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia by Rick Porello. As Volstagg, one of the leads in Marvel Comics' THOR, Stevenson was reunited with the director, Kenneth Branagh, who acted opposite him in THEORY OF FLIGHT for director Paul Greengrass.
Stevenson appeared in Paul W.S. Anderson's THE THREE MUSKETEERS, opposite Logan Lerman, Orlando Bloom, Christoph Waltz, and Milla Jovovich. The film is based on the famous novel by Alexandre Dumas and was released on October 14, 2011.
Currently, Stevenson is shooting Billy Bob Thorton's dramatic comedy "JAYNE MANSFIELD'S CAR," starring opposite John Patrick Amedori, Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon and Robert Patrick. The film focuses on the relationship between two families, one American, the other British, in Texas during the tumultuous years of the 1960s Civil Rights movement. Stevenson just finished shooting G.I. JOE: RETALIATION. He will play the villain FIREFLY opposite Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson. The film is slated for release on June 29, 2012.
Most recently seen in the post-apocalyptic Warner Bros. feature BOOK OF ELI opposite Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman for directors Albert and Allen Hughes, Stevenson was also featured in the fantasy thriller CIRQUE DE FREAK: THE VAMPIRE'S ASSISTANT. In 2008, he was seen as the lead in PUNISHER: WAR ZONE, about the Marvel comics' anti-hero Frank Castle and his quest to rid the world of evil after the death of his wife and daughter. Stevenson's prior film work includes the role of Dragonet in Antoine Fuqua's KING ARTHUR, for producer Jerry Bruckheimer; the cult favorite OUTPOST, for director Steven Barker; THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE, opposite Catherine Zeta Jones; and SOME KIND OF LIFE, opposite Jane Horrocks.
His stage work includes playing Christ in the York Mystery Plays in 2000 at York Minster. In 2001, he played Roger in "Mouth to Mouth," by Kevin Ely, at the Albery Theatre in London, with Lindsay Duncan and Michael Maloney and, in 2003, appeared as Cardinal in "The Duchess of Malfi," by John Webster with Janet McTeer, at the Royal National Theatre.
Born in Northern Ireland, Stevenson grew up in England. He studied acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Elodie Yung (JINX) Born and raised in France, Elodie Yung gets her exotic beauty by way of her French mother and Cambodian father. After first pursuing a law degree, she realized that she wanted to follow her lifelong passion of acting instead, enrolling in and graduating from the Acting International School in Paris.
She immediately booked work out of school, first as a recurring character in the serial drama "La Vie Devant Nous" and then in the very well regarded drama FRAGILE(S) which premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
Those experiences led to what would be her breakout roles in France. First, she booked the role of "Laura Maurier" in the French series "Les Bleus" and then she booked the female lead in DISTRICT 13 ULTIMATUM, the follow up to the hit Pierre Morel film and an international hit itself. It was in this film that she was able to also feature her extensive martial arts skills, something that had been a passion since she was a child.
It was those jobs that led to her getting attention in the US ultimately booking THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO in the role of "Miriam Wu" in the David Fincher film series. The first film came out on December 21, 2011 and character continues through Steig Larson's trilogy and is a very important storyline in the series.
Most recently Elodie booked the leading role of JINX in G.I. JOE: RETALIATION opposite Dwayne Johnson and directed by Jon Chu.
Elodie currently lives in London.
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