Release Date: February 22, 2013
Studio: Summit Entertainment (Lionsgate)
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Screenwriter: Justin Haythe, Ric Roman Waugh
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Susan Sarandon
Genre: Action, Thriller
MPAA Rating: PG-13
ABOUT THE CAST
DWAYNE JOHNSON (John Matthews)
BARRY PEPPER (Agent Billy Cooper)
JON BERNTHAL (Daniel Cruz)
MICHAEL KENNETH WILLIAMS (Malik)
MELINA KANAKAREDES (Sylvie)
NADINE VELAZQUEZ (Annalisa)
RAFI GAVRON (Jason)
BENJAMIN BRATT (Juan Carlos)
SUSAN SARANDON (Joanne Keeghan)
MICHAEL KENNETH WILLIAMS (Malik)
DWAYNE JOHNSON (John Matthews) is set to have another stellar year in 2013, appearing in a slew of vastly diverse movies. From G.I. Joe: Retaliation, the third installment of the action adventure franchise opposite Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum; to the dramatic independent film Empire State with Liam Hemsworth and Emma Roberts; and Pain & Gain, alongside Mark Wahlberg where the two team up as bodybuilders caught up in a kidnapping scheme gone wrong, he continues to make his mark as a versatile and in-demand actor.
Johnson will make his return in the hugely popular Fast and Furious franchise with Fast and Furious 6 following the major success of Fast Five which eclipsed previous global earnings of any film in the franchise, grossing more than $626 million in 2011.
Next up Johnson will begin production on Brett Ratner’s Hercules and soon after he will go before cameras on Arabian Nights co-starring Liam Hemsworth and Sir Anthony Hopkins. Also in the pipeline are Barry Sonnenfeld’s Lore, based on the Ashely Wood graphic novel, and Journey to the Center of the Earth 3, among other projects.
Johnson’s recent film, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, earned worldwide receipts over $325 million, and in 2011.
Among Johnson’s previous films are a diverse list of credits which include Race to Witch Mountain, The Tooth Fairy, Planet 51, Get Smart and The Game Plan. In 2009 Entertainment Weekly named Johnson on the top of Hollywood’s next A-list, alongside, Robert Downey, Jr., Ellen Page, James McAvoy and Amy Adams.
The actor previously demonstrated his range, earning kudos from critics and audiences alike, as a gay bodyguard and an aspiring singer in Be Cool, MGM’s sequel to Get Shorty, alongside John Travolta, Uma Thurman and Vince Vaughn. Also for MGM, Johnson starred in the 2004 remake of Walking Tall as a sheriff who returns to his hometown after serving in the Army, only to find the town corrupted. Before that, Johnson starred in Universal’s The Rundown, a critically acclaimed action/comedy directed by Peter Berg and co-starring Sean William Scott, Rosario Dawson and Christopher Walken that solidified his action hero status and screen presence in the wake of the huge success of The Scorpion King.
Born in San Francisco and raised in Hawaii, Dwayne Johnson excelled as a high school All-American and subsequently as a star defensive lineman for the University of Miami Hurricanes, helping lead his team to overcome huge hurdles to become National Champions. Upon graduating from the University of Miami, Johnson followed in the footsteps of his WWE Hall of Fame father, Rocky Johnson, and grandfather, High Chief Peter Maivia, by joining the competitive sports entertainment world of the WWE. Within a seven year period (1996- 2003), his intense passion led to an extraordinarily successful career breaking box office attendance records across the US and setting pay-per-view buy rate records during that period as well. Dwayne Johnson’s character creation of “The Rock” became one of the most charismatic and dynamic characters the industry has ever seen.
His eventual love of acting and desire to branch out led him to appear on “Saturday Night Live” in March 2000, surprising many with his strength in the comedy and garnering the show’s highest rating that year. Johnson was subsequently cast by Stephen Sommers in The Mummy Returns, which grossed more than $400 million worldwide. His character was so well received by Universal executives during dailies that they immediately planned a film based on his character, The Scorpion King, which broke box office records in 2002 as the greatest April opening of all time.
In 2006 Johnson created The Rock Foundation. The Rock Foundation’s mission is to educate, empower and motivate children worldwide through health and physical fitness. A dedicated philanthropist, Johnson is the current National spokesperson for the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Diabetes Aware Campaign. He is also a committed Celebrity Cabinet Member for The American Red Cross and serves as a National Celebrity Wish Ambassador for The Make-A-Wish Foundation. In 2008, United States Congress and the United States Joint Leadership Commission recognized Johnson with the prestigious Horizon Award, the U.S. Congressional Award given to an individual in the private sector who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and provided opportunities for youth nationwide.
Not content to remain in front of the camera alone, Johnson penned an autobiography, The Rock Says, which reached #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List shortly after its publication in January 2000.
Johnson is a devoted family man and father to eight year old Simone Alexandra Johnson and devoted partner of Dany Garcia.
One of Hollywood’s most talented actors, BARRY PEPPER’s (Agent Billy Cooper) impressive body of works speaks for itself. Ever since he gained critical attention for his portrayal of “Private Jackson” in the Academy Award winning feature SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, Pepper has been sought out for compelling roles with award-winning filmmakers.
Both a television and film star, Pepper has starred alongside some of today’s most respected fellow actors and directors. He is starring with Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in Disney’s The Lone Ranger which is set to be released July 3, 2013. His film for 20th Century Fox, Broken City with Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe recently opened nationwide. He starred with Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin and Matt Damon in the Coen Brother’s remake of True Grit. He starred opposite Kevin Spacey in Casino Jack, the story of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. For his performance in this film Barry was the recipient of the Hollywood Spotlight Award from the 14th annual Hollywood Film Festival. He also starred in Like Dandelion Dust which won more than 30 national and international film festival awards, including Best Actor at the 2009 Las Vegas International Film Festival and 2009 NY Vision Festival. He was seen opposite Will Smith in Columbia Pictures’ Seven Pounds, worked with Clint Eastwood in the World War II epic Flags of Our Fathers for Dreamworks/Warner Bros, and starred alongside Tom Hanks in the Academy Award winning feature The Green Mile. He also starred in 25th Hour, Spike Lee’s compelling view of post-9/11 New York City, starring Ed Norton and Philip Seymour Hoffman. His film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada for Sony Pictures Classics marked Tommy Lee Jones’ directorial debut and was shown in competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, and Pepper received a nomination for Best Supporting Male in the 2006 Independent Spirit Awards.
His other feature credits include the Bruckheimer/Scott thriller Enemy of the State with Will Smith and Gene Hackman, the critically acclaimed Paramount Pictures’ We Were Soldiers with Mel Gibson, and the New Line feature Knockaround Guys opposite John Malkovich and Dennis Hopper.
Pepper starred as Robert Kennedy in the Reelz Channel 8 hr. mini series “The Kennedys” with Greg Kinnear and Katie Holmes. In recognition of his outstanding performance he won the 2011 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie and the 26th annual Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a leading Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series. He has also made his mark as a producer. He executive produced and starred in the title role of the ESPN feature “3: The Dale Earnhardt Journey”, a biopic of the NASCAR star who died in a crash during the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500. His performance garnered a nomination for the 11th Annual SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. He also executive produced and starred in “The Snow Walker”, which he received a Best Actor nomination for the 24th Annual Genie Awards in Canada as well as eight other nominations for the film.
Pepper’s starring role in the HBO feature “61*” earned him nominations for a Golden Globe, an Emmy, and a Critic’s Choice Award. The film tells the story behind the competition between the New York Yankees’ Roger Maris (Pepper) and Mickey Mantle (Thomas Jane) to break Babe Ruth’s single season homerun record in 1961. The critically acclaimed film was directed and executive produced by Billy Crystal.
JON BERNTHAL (Daniel Cruz) is a classically trained actor best known for playing Shane Walsh on AMC’s breakout hit series “The Walking Dead,” based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book of the same name. For Bernthal, the extraordinary role of a survivor of the zombie apocalypse marked another remarkable turn in a career defined by acclaimed and varied performances on both stage and screen. “The Walking Dead” earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Drama Series, a WGA nomination for Best New Series and recognition as one of AFI’s 10 Best Television Programs of the Year. The series set new records as the most-watched drama series in basic-cable history and airs internationally in more than 120 countries and 33 languages.
Bernthal’s first major film role was in Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center, with Nicolas Cage and Maria Bello. He was also seen in Oren Moverman’s Rampart, opposite Woody Harrelson, Robin Wright and Sigourney Weaver; Date Night, with Steve Carell and Tina Fey; Roman Polanski’s award-winning drama The Ghost Writer, opposite Ewan McGregor; Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, opposite Ben Stiller, Christopher Guest and Hank Azaria; The Air I Breathe, with Kevin Bacon and Julie Delpy; and Day Zero, alongside Elijah Wood.
Bernthal and his father have launched a new production company with several film and television projects in development.
On television Bernthal was part of the ensemble in the HBO miniseries “The Pacific.” The role required Bernthal to undergo boot-camp training and combat training with the Marines. His other television work includes turns on series such as “Boston Legal,” “CSI: Miami,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “Without a Trace.” His first series in a starring role was “The Class,” created by David Crane and directed by James Burrows.
Bernthal’s love of theater led him to open his own non-profit company Fovea Floods, based in upstate New York. A veteran of more than 30 stage productions, he recently returned to his roots in the Rogue Machine
Theatre’s production of “Small Engine Repair,” starring as Terrance Swaino. This darkly comic drama charts three working-class friends in Manchester, New Hampshire, as they reunite for an evening of drinking, fighting and reminiscing.
Previous theater credits include Neil LaBute’s “Fat Pig,” at the Geffen Playhouse; Langford Wilson’s “Fifth of July,” at New York’s Signature Theatre; the Off Broadway production of “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui,” in the title role; and “This Is Our Youth,” at the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C.
During his college years Bernthal was given the remarkable opportunity to study at the prestigious Moscow Arts Theatre in Russia, renowned for its regimented program and disciplined training. Educated in acting, acrobatics, ballet and rhythm, Bernthal received a solid foundation in his craft. While performing at the American Repertory Theatre in Moscow he was discovered by the director of Harvard University’s Institute for Advanced Theater Training. He was invited to study at Harvard and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts.
Bernthal was a professional baseball player both in the U.S. minor leagues and the European Professional Baseball Federation. These days Bernthal prefers boxing, training six days a week. He also teaches boxing to at-risk children in order for them to develop work ethic and discipline. He also works to retrain pit bulls that have been abused, placing them in new and loving homes.
Bernthal lives with his wife Erin and their dogs, Boss and Venice.
MICHAEL KENNETH WILLIAMS (Malik) is one of television’s most respected and acclaimed actors. By bringing complicated and charismatic characters to life—often with surprising tenderness—Williams has established himself as a gifted and versatile performer with a unique ability to mesmerize audiences with his stunning character portrayals.
Williams is best known for his remarkable work on “The Wire”, which ran for five seasons on HBO. The wit and humor that Williams brought to Omar, the whistle-happy, profanity-averse, dealer-robbing stickup man, earned him high praise and made Omar one of television’s most memorable characters. For his work Williams was nominated in 2009 for an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.”
Williams is also co-starring in HBO’s critically acclaimed series “Boardwalk Empire”, which premiered in 2010. In the Martin Scorsese-produced show, Williams plays Chalky White, a 1920s bootlegger and impeccably suited veritable mayor of the Atlantic City’s African-American community. In 2012 “Boardwalk Empire” won a Screen Actors Guild Award for” Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.” The third season of “Boardwalk Empire” launches in the fall of 2012.
Williams recently continued to show his versatility by guest-starring in three episodes of “Community”, NBC’s comedy series. His other television credits include “Law & Order”, “CSI”, “The Philanthropist” and “Boston Legal”. He also had a recurring role on The Sopranos and J.J. Abrams’ “Alias”.
Williams made his feature film debut in the urban drama Bullet, after being discovered by the late Tupac Shakur. He also appeared in Bringing Out the Dead, which was directed by Martin Scorsese. His other film work includes roles in The Road, Gone Baby Gone, Life During Wartime, I ThinkI Love My Wife and Wonderful World. Michael also recently completed filming Jose Padilha’s remake of Robocop starring Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton and he has a supporting role in the new Steve McQueen film 12 Years A Slave with Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt.
Giving back to the community plays an important role in Williams’ off-camera life. He has established Making Kids Win, a charitable organization whose primary objective is to build community centers in urban neighborhoods that are in need of safe spaces for children to learn and play.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Williams began his career as a performer by dancing professionally at age 22. After numerous appearances in music videos and as a background dancer on concert tours for Madonna and George Michael, Williams decided to seriously pursue acting. He participated in several productions of the La MaMA Experimental Theatre, the prestigious National Black Theatre Company and the Theater for a New Generation directed by Mel Williams.
Michael Kenneth Williams resides in Brooklyn, New York.
MELINA KANAKAREDES (Sylvie) has proven herself a force to be reckoned with as a multi-talented actor, philanthropist, director and writer. Her work in television, film and on Broadway has earned her critical acclaim. For six years Kanakaredes starred on the CBS hit “CSI: New York,” playing Stella Bonasera, a detective with a complicated past. She was also a writer on the show and the first episode she penned aired in 2009.
In 2010 Kanakaredes played the Greek mythological icon Athena in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, directed by Chris Columbus. She was also seen starring opposite Robert De Niro in 15 Minutes. Other film credits include Rounders, Dangerous Beauty and The Long Kiss Goodnight.
Kanakaredes starred for five seasons as Dr. Sydney Hansen on NBC’s critically acclaimed series “Providence.” For her performance, she received the 2000 TV Guide Award for Favorite Actress in a Drama (as voted by more than one million viewers) and was nominated for the same award in 2001. While on the show Kanakaredes made her directing debut when she was six months pregnant. In 2003 she gave birth to her second child, took to the stage as Sally Bowles in the Broadway musical “Cabaret” and shot the indie film Into the Fire.
Kanakaredes graduated Magna Cum Laude from Point Park College in Pittsburgh with a B.F.A. in musical theater. While pursuing her degree she appeared in commercials, industrial films and on stage at the Pittsburgh Playhouse and Pittsburgh Public Theater. In 2002 the college awarded her an honorary doctorate degree.
Upon graduation Kanakaredes moved to New York City and quickly started working professionally in Off Broadway plays and commercials. Within six months she had landed her first starring role, on the long-running daytime drama “The Guiding Light.” She received two Daytime Emmy Award nominations for her work on the soap.
Other television credits include a recurring role as Jimmy Smits’ reporter girlfriend on “NYPD Blue.” Kanakaredes also starred in the drama series “New York News” and “Leaving L.A.” and guest-starred on “The Practice” and “Oz.”
Away from the set Kanakaredes enjoys reading, swimming, traveling and spending quality time with her family. She is also a huge fan of her home teams the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers and Browns. She tries to get home to Ohio to support the teams often and was fortunate enough to sing the national anthem for a Browns game in 2008.
NADINE VELAZQUEZ (Annalisa) captured our hearts as ‘Catalina’, the sexy hotel maid/stripper with a heart of gold, on the multi-award winning NBC comedy series, “My Name Is Earl”, for which she received four Alma Award nominations in the Best Supporting Actress category.
This year, moviegoers will see her in the upcoming Lionsgate comedy Aztez Warrior, where she plays the romantic lead opposite Luiz Guzman. This past fall, she starred opposite Denzel Washington in the Robert Zemekis directed film Flight.
Nadine continues to be a familiar face on television with recurring roles as sultry ‘Sofia’ on FX’s hit comedy, “The League”, and this past season as sweet Southerner ‘Didi Ruano’ on CW's “Hart of Dixie”.
Daily Variety singled out Velazquez as one of ‘Ten Actors to Watch’, and USA Today named her ‘One of Five Rising Stars to Watch Closely.’ She was additionally picked by Entertainment Weekly for their summer ‘Must List,’ and included in People En Espanol for its ’50 Most Beautiful People.’
Velazquez spent her first three years in Hollywood honing her skills in projects such as “Biker Boyz”, “Chasing Papi”, “Sueno”, HBO’s “Entourage”, “The Bold and the Beautiful”, “Las Vegas”, and “The Last Ride” with Dennis Hopper.
A Chicago native, Nadine currently resides in Los Angeles. She is an impassioned supporter of charities that protect the rights of disenfranchised youth.
RAFI GAVRON (Jason) is an extremely talented British actor recently seen in The Cold Light of Day, opposite Henry Cavill and Bruce Willis. Gavron gained considerable attention for his breakout performance as Miro in Breaking and Entering. He received a 2006 British Independent Film Award nomination for Most Promising Newcomer On Screen as well as a 2006 Times South Bank Breakthrough Award nomination for Most Exciting New Face of 2006. Directed by the late Anthony Minghella, Breaking and Entering co-starred Jude Law, Juliette Binoche and Robin Wright.
Gavron starred opposite Michael Cera in the comedy Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and was one of the leads in the family adventure-fantasy Inkheart, directed by Iain Softley and co-starring Brendan Fraser, Paul Bettany and Helen Mirren. He was also seen in the indie thriller Mine Games, alongside Briana Evigan.
Television credits include three-episode arcs on the critically acclaimed HBO series “Rome” and Fox’s “24.” Gavron played recurring roles on the CW’s “Life Unexpected,” opposite Britt Robertson, and NBC’s “Parenthood,” with Peter Krause and Lauren Graham.
BENJAMIN BRATT’s (Juan Carlos) diverse career has successfully spanned film and television for more than 20 years. In 2010, Bratt won Cinequest’s Maverick Spirit Award for his work as producer and star of the San Francisco indie hit La Mission. Written and directed by his brother Peter Bratt, the locally produced film garnered much critical praise, winning a Best Indie Film nomination from the NAACP, a GLAAD award nomination, and multiple Imagen Awards, including two for Best Picture and Best Actor.
Bratt’s distinguished film career includes the critically acclaimed films Piñero, for which he was lauded for his striking, haunting, and “career defining” performance as the poet-playwright-actor Miguel Piñero; Steven
Soderbergh’s Traffic, which received five Academy Award® nominations and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Ensemble Cast; and The Woodsman, a festival and critical favorite starring Kevin Bacon.
Television audiences perhaps best recognize Bratt from his Emmy-nominated role as Detective Rey Curtis on NBC’s long-running drama “Law & Order”. He recently starred in the A&E drama series “The Cleaner”, for which he also served as producer. His portrayal of “extreme interventionist” William Banks garnered him the 2009 Alma Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series.
A veteran of more than 25 films, Bratt’s other work of note includes Curtis Hansen’s The River Wild opposite Meryl Streep; Blood In, Blood Out for director Taylor Hackford; Clear and Present Danger opposite Harrison Ford; the beloved comedy Miss Congeniality with Sandra Bullock; and the theatrical adaptation of the acclaimed novel Love in the Time of Cholera, costarring Javier Bardem.
Currently, Bratt can be seen starring in the ABC drama “Private Practice”, and in a recurring role as Sofia Vergara’s ne’er-do-well ex-husband Javier on the smash hit “Modern Family”.
2013 will see him starring in three new films: The Lesser Blessed, Snitch, and as the voice of Manny in the sequel to the hit animated film Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, CloudyII: Revenge of the Leftovers.
A San Francisco native and proud alumnus of American Conservatory Theater’s ATP (honorary M.F.A. in 2008), Bratt is married to actress Talisa Soto Bratt and resides in Los Angeles with her and their two children.
The extremely versatile SUSAN SARANDON (Joanne Keeghan) brings her own brand of sex appeal and intelligence to every role – from her fearless portrayal in Bull Durham to her Oscar®-nominated performances in Thelma and Louise, Lorenzo’s Oil, The Client, and Atlantic City to her Academy Award®-winning and SAG® Award-winning role in Dead Man Walking as Sister Helen, a nun consoling a death-row inmate.
Film credits include Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, Lovely Bones Enchanted, Speed Racer, Elizabethtown, Shall We Dance?, The Banger Sisters, Mr. Woodcock, In the Valley of Elah, Alfie, Moonight Mile, Igby Goes Down, Romance and Cigarettes, Twilight, Step Mom, The Hunger, Jeff Who Lives at Home, That’s My Boy, Cloud Atlas, Robot & Frank and Arbitrage.
Sarandon made her acting debut in the movie Joe, which she followed with a continuing role in the TV drama A World Apart. Early film credits include The Great Waldo Pepper, Lovin’ Molly, Billy Wilder’s The Front Page, the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Louis Malle’s controversial Pretty Baby. She went on to receive her first Oscar® nomination in Malle’s Atlantic City.
Her additional feature credits include The Witches of Eastwick, Cradle Will Rock, King of the Gypsies, Compromising Positions, The January Man, White Palace, The Buddy System, Sweet Hearts Dance, A Dry White Season, Bob Roberts, Light Sleeper, Little Women, and Safe Passage.
The hard-working actress has made a career of choosing diverse and challenging projects both in film and television. In 2008, she received an Emmy® Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries for her role in the HBO film Bernard and Doris, as well as a Golden Globe® and SAG® nomination. She received an Emmy and SAG nomination for her work in Barry Levinson’s You Don't Know Jack with Al Pacino for HBO.
She starred in the 2003 CBS Movie “Ice Bound”; in the Sy-Fy Channel Mini Series “Children of Dune”; in the TV Movie “The Exonerated”; in HBO’s “Earthly Possessions”; in the CBS Movie “Women of Valor”; and the HBO Miniseries “Mussolini: The Decline and Fall of Il Duce”. She has made guest appearances on “30 Rock”, “The Big C” and in the “Mother Lover” video on “Saturday Night Live”.
Upcoming films include The Big Wedding, with Robert DeNiro and Diane Keaton and The Company You Keep, for director Robert Redford.
About the Cast
(John Matthews) with video
(Agent Billy Cooper)
(Daniel Cruz) with video
MICHAEL KENNETH WILLIAMS
(Sylvie) with video
(Jason) with video
(Joanne Keeghan) with video
MICHAEL KENNETH WILLIAMS
(Malik) with video
About the Crew
RIC ROMAN WAUGH
(Director, Writer) with video
(Producer) with video
(Presentation and Production Company)
(Presentation and Production Company)
(Director of Photography)
Billy Gives John Advise
Daniel Tells John Their Families Are Not Safe
Joannne And Billy Agree To Work With John
John Tells His Wife
Barry Pepper 1
Barry Pepper 2
Director Ric Roman Waugh
Dwayne Johnson (John Matthews)
Jon Bernthal (Daniel James)
Melina Kanakaredes (Sylvie Colins)
Michael Kenneth Williams (Malik)
Producer Matt Jackson
Rafi Gavron (Jason Collins)
Susan Sarandon (Joanne Keeghan)
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