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Ginnifer Goodwin

Judy Hopps

Hailing from Memphis, Tenn., GINNIFER GOODWIN (voice of Judy Hopps) quickly found a home in Hollywood. With effusive talent, she shined in the Oscar®-nominated biopic “Walk the Line,” as Johnny Cash’s first wife, opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. Goodwin stars in the hit ABC drama “Once Upon a Time,” a fairy tale-style drama written by Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz of “Lost” fame, in which she plays Snow White/Mary Margaret Blanchard. Goodwin received 2013, 2014 and 2015 People’s Choice nominations for Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress for her role on the show, as well as two Teen Choice nominations for Choice TV Actress: Fantasy/Sci-Fi. The show premiered its fifth season in September.

Goodwin starred in National Geographic's telepic "Killing Kennedy," portraying the first lady Jacqueline Kennedy opposite Rob Lowe as JFK. The drama, produced by Ridley Scott's Scott Free Productions, tells the provocative story of Kennedy's last days. The film was nominated for a 2014 Critics' Choice Award for Best TV Movie. Goodwin also provided the voice of Fawn in the Disney Fairies adventure “Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast.”

For five seasons, Goodwin starred in HBO’s critically acclaimed dramatic series “Big Love,” produced by Tom Hanks’ Playtone Productions. She starred as the third and youngest of three wives in a modern-day polygamist family with Bill Paxton as the patriarch and Jeanne Tripplehorn and Chloë Sevigny as her character’s sister wives. 

Goodwin’s breakthrough role came in her first feature film, Mike Newell’s “Mona Lisa Smile,” in which she co-starred with Julia Roberts and Kirsten Dunst. Soon after, she starred in Robert Luketic’s romantic comedy “Win a Date with Tad Hamilton,” alongside Josh Duhamel, Kate Bosworth and Topher Grace. 

Other film credits include Warner Bros.' “Something Borrowed,” based on the bestselling novel by Emily Giffin, in which Goodwin plays opposite Kate Hudson. Goodwin received a 2011 Teen Choice Award for her role in the film for Choice Movie Actress in a Romantic Comedy, as well as a 2010 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Breakout Movie Actress. Goodwin also starred in the films “Ramona and Beezus”; Tom Ford’s directorial debut “A Single Man,” alongside Julianne Moore and Colin Firth; “He’s Just Not That Into You,” with Drew Barrymore and Jennifer Aniston; Jonathan Kasdan’s “In the Land of Women”; and the independent films “Day Zero,” with Chris Klein and Elijah Wood; and “Birds of America,” with Matthew Perry and Hilary Swank. 

Goodwin is a classically trained actress who holds a BFA in acting from Boston University. In 1997, she studied in England at Stratford-Upon-Avon’s Shakespeare Institute, in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The following year, she earned an Acting Shakespeare Certificate at London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She returned to England in 2000 to attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. During her senior year at BU, Goodwin performed in a number of student films, and several college and local stage productions. She was presented with the Excellence in Acting: Professional Promise Award by the Bette Davis Foundation and graduated with honors. In 2011, Goodwin performed in an industry reading of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley's comedy “The Miss Firecracker Contest.” Directed by Judith Ivey, Goodwin played Carnelle Scotthe in a cast that featured Christopher Burns, Louis Cancelmi, Lauren Cohn, Mary Catherine Garrison and Ronica Reddick.

Moving to New York City following graduation, Goodwin landed a guest role on an episode of “Law & Order.” In 2001, she joined the cast of the comedy series “Ed,” playing the bookishly cynical Diane Snyder. She also starred in Comedy Central’s telefilm “Porn ’N Chicken.”

Goodwin splits her time between Los Angeles and Vancouver where she films “Once Upon a Time.”

Jason Bateman

Nicholas P. "Nick" Wilde

JASON BATEMAN has attained leading-man status in Hollywood in front of and behind the camera. In 2003, Bateman gained critical acclaim for his irreverent portrayal of Michael Bluth in the award-winning comedy series “Arrested Development,” created by Mitch Hurwitz. Bateman’s lead role earned him a Golden Globe® for best actor in a comedy series. In 2013, Netflix premiered a 14-episode return of the cult favorite, for which Bateman reprised his role, earning him best actor nominations for the Emmy®, SAG, and Golden Globe® awards.

The actor, producer and director has since evolved from the small screen to securing one major film role after another. In 2007, Bateman had a pivotal role as a potential adoptive father in Jason Reitman’s “Juno,” one of the biggest success stories in independent filmmaking. “Juno” received best film nominations by most major film critics’ groups, as well as the Hollywood Foreign Press and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Later that year, Bateman starred in Zach Helm’s family fantasy “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium” with Dustin Hoffman and Natalie Portman, as well as Peter Berg’s action thriller “The Kingdom.” Bateman starred alongside Will Smith and Charlize Theron in Berg’s superhero comedy-drama “Hancock” in 2008.

In 2010, Bateman starred with Jennifer Aniston in the romantic comedy “The Switch.” He shined in a supporting role opposite George Clooney in the Golden Globe® and Academy Award®-nominated film “Up in the Air,” for Reitman, and starred alongside Vince Vaughn and Kristen Bell in Jon Favreau’s “Couples Retreat.” In 2009, Bateman headlined director Mike Judge’s “Extract,” which was produced by Bateman through his F+A Productions banner. He also had a memorable cameo in the Ricky Gervais comedy “The Invention of Lying,” and delivered an emotionally charged performance in Kevin Macdonald’s crime drama “State of Play.”

In March 2011, Bateman co-starred in Greg Mottola’s comedy “Paul,” which was written by and starred Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. He also starred in back-to-back leading roles, including opposite Ryan Reynolds in David Dobkin’s comedy “The Change-Up” and the box-office hit “Horrible Bosses,” in which Bateman reteamed with director Seth Gordon.

In February 2013, Bateman co-starred with Melissa McCarthy in “Identity Thief,” directed by Seth Gordon. In April 2013, Bateman starred in Henry Alex Rubin’s thrill drama “Disconnect” with Paula Patton, Alexander Skarsgard, Frank Grillo and Max Thieriot. In March 2014, Bateman starred in “Bad Words,” a dark comedy that also marked his feature-film directorial debut. “Bad Words” premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Later that year, Bateman starred in Shawn Levy’s “This Is Where I Leave You,” opposite Tina Fey, Rose Byrne, Timothy Olyphant, Adam Driver and Corey Stoll.

In November 2014, Bateman appeared in “Horrible Bosses 2,” reprising his old role as Nick Hendricks and starring alongside Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, Chris Pine and Christoph Waltz. In August 2015, Bateman starred alongside Joel Edgerton and Rebecca Hall in “The Gift,” an American-Australian psychological thriller film written, produced and directed by Edgerton.

Most recently, Bateman directed “The Family Fang,” in which he also starred opposite Nicole Kidman. Based off the Kevin Wilson bestseller, the comedy tells the tale of two performance artists whose kids blame them for how badly their lives turned out. “The Family Fang” premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and will be released theatrically by Starz in 2016. The film was produced under Bateman’s production banner Aggregate Films.

In March 2016, Bateman will begin production as director, producer and star of the MRC series “Ozark.” Bateman will also star alongside Liam Neeson and Diane Lane in the upcoming true-life spy thriller “Felt,” in which he will portray an FBI agent. The film was written and will be directed by Peter Landesman.

Bateman's other film credits include the comedy “The Ex,” “The Break-Up” with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston, “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” with Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller,” “Starsky & Hutch” opposite Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, and the romantic comedy “The Sweetest Thing.”

On the small screen, Bateman secured a first-look production deal for his company F+A Productions to develop, direct and write original content for FOX Television. The deal came to fruition after Bateman directed the network's comedy pilot “Do Not Disturb” in Fall 2008. He also reteamed with “Arrested Development” creator Mitchell Hurwitz to voice a character in the FOX animated comedy series “Sit Down, Shut Up” in April 2009. In the summer of 2009, he directed and produced the FX networks pilot “The Merger.”

In his adolescent and teen years, Bateman's portrayal of charming schemer Derek Taylor in “Silver Spoons” prompted NBC to create the spin-off “It's Your Move,” starring Bateman. He then starred with Valerie Harper in the television series “Valerie,” retitled “Valerie's Family” and then “The Hogan Family,” from 1986 through 1991. Prior to that, he was a series regular on the iconic television series that became an American treasure, “Little House on the Prairie,” with Michael Landon.

In January 2010, Bateman and Will Arnett, his longtime friend and “Arrested Development” co-star, created the digital-driven production company DumbDumb Productions to produce commercials, shorts and original content for distribution on the Internet and for the film industry. Following this, Bateman established the production banner Aggregate Films with a first-look, two-year partnership with Universal Pictures and Universal Television. In February 2014, NBC premiered the comedy “Growing Up Fisher,” produced by Aggregate Films and Universal Television. Bateman served as an executive producer.

Idris Elba

Chief Bogo

Golden Globe®-winning actor IDRIS ELBA (voice of Chief Bogo) showcases his creative versatility in television and film, as well as behind the camera as a producer and director. He continues to captivate audiences as one to watch in Hollywood, with a string of well-received performances in high-profile films as well as and multiple critically acclaimed television series.

Prior to his big-screen debut, Elba’s career skyrocketed on the small screen in some of UK’s top-rated shows, including “Dangerfield,” “Bramwell” and “Ultraviolet.” In 2000, “Ultraviolet” was purchased by Fox in the United States, offering Elba a break into the American marketplace. He soon moved to New York and earned rave reviews for his portrayal of Achilles in Sir Peter Hall’s off-Broadway production of “Troilus and Cressida.” Shortly thereafter he landed a part on the acclaimed television series “Law & Order.”

Elba landed the role of Stringer Bell, the lieutenant of a Baltimore drug empire on HBO’s critically acclaimed series “The Wire.” In 2005, his performance earned him an NAACP Image Award nomination for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series.

In 2005 Elba began his film career in such projects as HBO’s “Sometimes in April” (NAACP Image Award nomination), Tyler Perry’s “Daddy’s Little Girls” (BET Award nomination), “The Reaping” alongside Hilary Swank, and the horror thriller “28 Weeks Later.” In 2007, Elba starred in Ridley Scott’s Golden Globe®-nominated “American Gangster” with Denzel Washington, Russel Crowe, Ruby Dee and Josh Brolin. The cast received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. Following, Elba starred in Guy Ritchie’s “RocknRolla” with Tom Hardy, opposite Beyonce Knowles in “Obsessed” (NAACP Image Award Nomination), “The Losers” (NAACP Image Award nomination), “Legacy” (which he also executive produced), “Ghost Rider” with Nicolas Cage, Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” with Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron, “Thor” with Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth, and Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” alongside Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day and Rinko Kikuchi. In 2013, Elba starred as Nelson Mandela in The Weinstein Company biopic “Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom.” His performance earned him a Golden Globe® nomination and an NAACP Image Award nomination. The next year, he both starred in and executive produced “No Good Deed,” a thriller also starring Taraji Henson. In March 2015, Elba appeared in Pierre Morel’s “The Gunman,” alongside Sean Penn and Javier Bardem.

Elba can be seen in “Beasts of No Nation,” directed by Cary Fukunaga, which earned him nominations for a Golden Globe®, SAG, NAACP and Film Independent Spirit Award. He stars in Jon Favreau’s live-action film “The Jungle Book” and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” as well as next summer’s “Star Trek Beyond.”

Elba returned to television in 2009 when he joined the cast of NBC’s hit television show “The Office” as Michael Scott’s less-than-amused boss Charles Minor. In 2010, Elba landed the title role of John Luther in the BBC crime drama mini-series “Luther.” Following the first season, Elba was nominated for an Emmy® for his performance in “Luther,” as well as for his guest appearance on Showtime’s “The Big C.” His performance in the first season of “Luther” earned him an NAACP Image Award, a BET Award, and a Golden Globe®. In 2012, Elba earned an Emmy nomination for the second season of “Luther.” The third installment of the BBC mini-series aired in September 2013. His performance earned him an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination as well as an NAACP Image Award. In 2015, Elba reprised his role as Luther for the two-part final installment of the series, for which he earned nominations for a Golden Globe, SAG and NAACP award.

In 2013, Elba made his directorial debut with the teleplay “The Pavement Psychologist” for Sky/Sprout Pictures as part of Sky's PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS series starring Anna Friel, which Elba also wrote. He also created, directed and starred in the music video “Lover of Light” by Mumford and Sons, which has received more than 9 million YouTube views to date. In 2014, Elba starred in and produced a two-part documentary titled “King of Speed” for BBC Two and BBC America with his production company Green Door Pictures. In 2015, Elba and Green Door Pictures released the documentary “Mandela, My Dad and Me,” which follows Elba during the making of his album “mi Mandela.”

In winter 2015, Elba launched his clothing line Idris Elba + Superdry, which combines vintage Americana styling with Japanese inspired graphics, available in both the UK and US.

Jenny Slate

Assistant Mayor Bellwether

JENNY SLATE (voice of Assistant Mayor Bellwether) recently made her feature-film debut in Gillian Robespierre’s critically acclaimed “Obvious Child.” Slate starred as Donna, a 20-something comedienne whose unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront the realities of independent womanhood for the first time. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was released by A24 Films. For her breakout performance, Slate won a Critics’ Choice Award for best actress in a comedy and was honored with a 2015 Virtuoso Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival. She was also nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for best female lead actor and a Gotham Award for breakthrough actor. Additionally, the New York Times magazine, Time, Variety, and W magazine acknowledged Slate as one of the year’s best performances. Slate and “Obvious Child” were also recognized by the National Board of Review and various critics’ societies and film festivals, including Chicago Film Critics Association, St. Louis Film Critics Association, Phoenix Film Critics Society, Georgia Film Critics Association, Kansas City Film Critics Circle, Women Film Critics Circle, Sundance Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival and Newport Beach Film Festival.

On television, Slate has appeared in Showtime’s “House of Lies,” opposite Don Cheadle; Comedy Central’s “Kroll Show,” opposite Nick Kroll; and NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” opposite Amy Poehler. Slate also lends her voice to FOX’s “Bob’s Burgers” as Tammy. Her other television credits include “Married,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Girls,” “Bored to Death,” “Saturday Night Live” and “Hello Ladies.”

Along with Dean Fleischer-Camp, Slate is the co-creator of the Internet sensation “Marcel the Shell” short films, which Slate also voices. The first video, “Marcel the Shell with Shoes On,” has more than 24 million views on YouTube and has been turned into a New York Times best-selling book written by Slate and Fleischer-Camp. Their second book, “Marcel the Shell: The Most Surprised I’ve Ever Been,” is now on sale.

Nate Torrence


NATE TORRENCE (voice of Clawhauser) moved to Chicago to study at the Players Workshop of the Second City after his freshman year at Kent State University (Stark Campus). He began performing with an improv/sketch troupe only to find that he was too young to legally enter the majority of improv clubs in the city. He moved back to Ohio and founded his own theater troupe, which toured local coffee houses and theaters. When a Second City Theater opened in Cleveland, Torrence continued to train, and soon decided to make the move to Los Angeles.

Torrence’s first big break was when he landed the recurring role of Dylan Killington on Aaron Sorkin’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.” He went on to star in ABC’s “Mr. Sunshine,” HBO’s “Hello Ladies, and FOX’s “Weird Loners.”

Torrence’s animation debut was as the voice of Chuck on Disney XD’s “Motor City." He can also be heard as the voice of Ferguson on Disney XD’s “Star and the Forces of Evil.” Torrence’s film appearances include “Get Smart,” “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “She’s Out of My League” and the Emmy®-nominated “Hello Ladies: The Movie.”

Bonnie Hunt

Bonnie Hopps

BONNIE HUNT (voice of Bonnie Hopps) is a versatile and accomplished writer, director, producer and an Emmy, Golden Globe® and SAG Award®-nominated actress, earning critical acclaim in film, television and theater.

Growing up in one of Chicago’s blue-collar neighborhoods, Hunt pursued an acting career with the famous Second City improvisational theater while continuing to work as an oncology nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She soon became familiar to audiences with her unforgettable cameos in such films as “Rain Man” as the toothpick-dropping waitress, and in “Dave” as the White House tour guide. Her improvised line, “We’re walking, we’re walking…” quickly became famous as people embraced Hunt’s unique accessible brand of humor.

Hunt’s television accomplishments are considerable and innovative. Starting out as Jonathan Winters’ daughter on ABC’s “Davis Rules,” she was also a series regular on NBC’s sitcom “Grand.” But Hunt soon looked to broaden her knowledge of the creative aspects of television and its production process, making television history when she became the first person to write, produce and star in a primetime series. The highly acclaimed CBS series “The Building” featured an ensemble comedy with Hunt and her Second City colleagues, and incorporated improvisation, which became a popular trend. Hunt produced her show using five cameras instead of four, integrated overlapping dialogue and elected not to use the then standard laugh track—techniques that are still used on primetime and cable television.

Hunt created two more critically acclaimed series, writing, producing, directing and starring in CBS' popular daytime talk show “The Bonnie Hunt Show,” and “Life with Bonnie” for ABC, earning Emmy and Golden Globe® nominations.

Hunt received rave reviews for her movie roles, which include playing Tom Cruise’s scrutinizing sister-in-law in “Jerry Maguire,” Tom Hanks’ wife in “The Green Mile” and Robin Williams’ love interest in “Jumanji.” Credits include “Random Hearts” with Harrison Ford, Norman Jewison’s “Only You,” “Cheaper by the Dozen” and “Cheaper by the Dozen 2” with Steve Martin, and the family hits “Beethoven” and “Beethoven’s 2nd.” For MGM, Hunt wrote, directed and acted in the timeless feature film “Return To Me,” starring David Duchovny and Minnie Driver. Hunt's long association with Disney•Pixar includes starring roles in the animated hits “A Bug’s Life,” “Monsters Inc,” “Cars,” “Toy Story 3,” “Cars 2,” and “Monsters University.” Her independent film work includes starring roles in “Stolen Summer,” “Loggerheads,” “I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With” and “Patriots” with Forest Whitaker.

Hunt continues her charitable work, raising funds to sponsor research for treatments and cures for cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, and also gives time to support organizations such as The Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and American Veterans.

Hunt’s frequent and hilarious appearances on talk shows earned her Entertainment Weekly’s title of the hands-down best (talk show) guest in America.

Don Lake

Mr. Hopps

DON LAKE (voice of Mr. Hopps) started his acting career with the Second City improvisational comedy troupe. He has enjoyed a successful and varied career as an actor, writer and producer. He may be best known for his many roles in Christopher Guest films like “Waiting for Guffman” and “Best in Show.” Lake’s hilarious everyman quality has endeared him to audiences. He has guest starred in more than 60 television shows and 30 feature films, most recently “Dumb and Dumber To.”

Lake has been a regular on series such as “The Building,” “The Bonnie Hunt Show,” “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” “Bizarre,” “Super Dave” and “Watching Ellie” with Julia Louis Dreyfus.

Lake co-created and executive produced “Life with Bonnie” for ABC as well as co-writing all 44 episodes. He also co-created and executive produced 283 episodes of “The Bonnie Hunt Show” for NBC Syndication in which he received an Emmy nomination for writing. Feature film writing credits include “Return to Me” for MGM and Disney•Pixar’s 2006 film “Cars.”

Lake can be seen in Christopher Guests’ “Mascots” for Netflix.

Tommy Chong

Yax the Yak

Grammy®-winning comedian TOMMY CHONG (voice of Yax the Yak) is legendary for his invaluable contribution to American counter-culture as part of the iconic comedy duo Cheech & Chong. During their reign, the twosome recorded six gold comedy albums, including the 1973 Grammy winner "Los Cochinos," and starred in eight films, most of which Chong co-wrote and directed.

Chong began his entertainment career as a musician in a Canadian-based rhythm and blues band. Eventually, he landed a gig with the Vancouvers and co-wrote the band's 1960s hit “Does Your Mama Know About Me.” Next, Chong turned toward life as an actor, appearing in several films, including 1990's "Far Out Man!” and “National Lampoon’s Senior Trip” (1995). Chong also starred as Leo on FOX’s “That 70's Show,” and guest starred on ABC's “Dharma & Greg” and “The George Lopez Show.”

In 2009, Chong released his new book “Cheech and Chong: The Unauthorized Autobiography” about the exploits of the infamous duo's smoke-filled world. The highly anticipated, award-winning documentary “a/k/a Tommy Chong” was released worldwide. The documentary features the journey that Chong took after a fully armed SWAT team raided the comedian's home in February of 2003. In 2014 Tommy lit up the dance floor as a contestant on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” and was paired with pro dancer Peta Murgatroyd.

Chong reunited with his old comedy partner Richard “Cheech” Martin with the "Cheech & Chong: Light Up America & Canada" tour, which proved to be one of the most successful comedy tours of the year last year, selling out multiple shows from coast to coast. Chong premiered his online talk show “Almost Legal With Tommy Chong” in October 2015.

After battling and defeating prostate cancer, Chong released a statement in June of 2015 stating that he had been diagnosed with rectal cancer and is seeking ongoing treatments with the help of various therapies, including hemp oil. Never one to give up on a fight, he is an avid speaker and pro activist for the medical wonders and potential health benefits of using marijuana.

J.K. Simmons

Mayor Lionheart

J.K. SIMMONS (voice of Mayor Lionheart) has appeared in a range of projects spanning from motion pictures, television and the stage on and off-Broadway. He won the 2015 Academy Award® for best supporting actor for his portrayal of merciless jazz instructor Fletcher in Sony Pictures Classics’ “Whiplash.” His performance in the film also garnered him a Screen Actors Guild Award®, Golden Globe®, Independent Spirit Award and BAFTA Award, as well as many critics’ group awards around the world. “Whiplash” premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and won the Dramatic Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize for best film. The film also garnered five Academy Award nominations including best picture and received awards for best editing and best sound mixing in addition to Simmons’ best supporting actor award.

Simmons co-stars in Warner Bros.’ “Bastards” with Owen Wilson and Ed Helms. Simmons also appears in the independent film “The Runaround” with Emile Hirsch, and “The Meddler” with Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne. Simmons appeared in the “Terminator” reboot, “Terminator: Genisys,” with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jai Courtney and Emilia Clarke. Simmons voices Kai in Dreamworks’ highly anticipated “Kung Fu Panda 3.” In October 2016, he’ll be seen in Gavin O’Connor’s “The Accountant,” co-starring Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick.

In 2014, Simmons appeared in Jason Reitman’s “Men, Women and Children” with Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner. He also starred on the NBC comedy “Growing Up Fisher” opposite Jenna Elfman, “The Rewrite” opposite Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei, and Gillian Raimi’s feature “Murder of a Cat.”

In 2013, Simmons was seen in the Steve Jobs biopic, “Jobs,” and in Jason Reitman’s “Labor Day.” Simmons is known for playing J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi’s “Spider Man” trilogy, as well as the off-beat but not deadbeat father in the hit comedy “Juno.”

Past projects include “The Words,” “The Music Never Stopped,” “Jennifer’s Body,” “Extract,” “The Vicious Kind,” “I Love You Man,” “Beginner’s Guide to Endings,” “Contraband,” “Hidalgo,” “The Ladykillers,” “The Mexican,” “Off the Map,” “For Love of the Game,” “The Gift,” “Thank You for Smoking,” “Rendition,” “Burn After Reading” and the Academy Award®-nominated “Up in the Air.”

On the small screen, Simmons played LAPD Assistant Chief Will Pope in TNT’s hit series “The Closer.” He also played Vern Schillinger on HBO’s acclaimed drama “Oz,” and had a recurring role as Dr. Emil Skoda on NBC’s “Law & Order.” He has had guest starring roles on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” and a recurring role on TBS’ hit comedy “Men at Work.” Simmons has appeared on the Broadway stage in performances of “Guys and Dolls,” “Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” “A Change in the Heir,” “Peter Pan” and “A Few Good Men.”

Octavia Spencer

Mrs. Otterton

A veteran character actress and one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents, OCTAVIA SPENCER (voice of Mrs. Otterton) has become a familiar fixture on both television and the silver screen. Her critically acclaimed performance as Minny in DreamWork’s feature film “The Help” won her the 2012 Academy Award®, BAFTA®, Golden Globe®, SAG Award® and Broadcast Film Critic’s Choice Award, among numerous other honors.

Spencer was seen in “Insurgent,” the second installment of Lionsgate/Summit’s highly successful franchise that set several box-office records. She co-stars in the third film in the franchise, “Allegiant,” which opens this spring. Spencer will be seen in “Fathers and Daughters” with Quvenzhane Wallis, Diane Kruger, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Aaron Paul. She worked opposite Sophie Nelisse, Glenn Close, Kathy Bates and Danny Glover in “The Great Gilly Hopkins,” the adaptation of Katherine Peterson’s young adult Newberry Award-winning novel. Spencer just wrapped production on “The Shack.” Based on the best-selling novel of the same title, the film follows a man whose daughter is abducted during a family vacation with evidence found in an abandoned shack leading authorities to believe she was murdered. Four years later, the man receives a note, apparently from God (Spencer), instructing him to revisit the scene of the crime.

Spencer will begin production on Marc Webb’s drama “Gifted” alongside Chris Evans. The film tells the story of Frank Adler, a deliberate underachiever who is raising his niece in rural Florida. Spencer also appears in “The Free World,” a drama focusing on a recently released former convict who becomes involved with a married woman with an abusive husband; it co-stars Boyd Holbrook and Elizabeth Moss.

Last year, Spencer co-starred alongside Kevin Costner in the drama “Black or White,” which premiered at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival to rave reviews. Previously, Spencer co-starred in Tate Taylor’s “Get On Up,” a chronicle of musician James Brown’s rise to fame that also starred Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman, and the sci-fi, action-adventure “Snowpiercer” opposite Tilda Swinton and Chris Evans. Directed by Bong Joon-ho, the film followed a train that holds all remaining inhabitants on Earth after a climate-change experiment wipes out the rest of the population, and the class system that emerges. In 2013, Spencer was seen in the indie-drama “Fruitvale Station,” which follows the final hours of a young man whose death sparked national outrage after video footage of his shooting was released to the public. “Fruitvale Station” won several prestigious awards, including both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and the Un Certain Regard Award for Prix de l’avenir at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. It was named one of AFI’s Films of the Year and received nominations for the 2014 Spirit Awards and NAACP Image Awards. Spencer was awarded best supporting actress from the National Board of Review for her performance in the film and received an individual nomination from the NAACP Image Awards. She also served as a producer of the film.
Film credits include Diablo Cody’s directorial debut “Paradise” alongside Russell Brand and Julianne Hough; “Smashed,” an independent film that premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival; and Bryce Dallas Howard’s directed segment of “Call Me Crazy: A Five Film,” an anthology of five short films focused on various stories of mental illness. Spencer also appeared in “Blues for Willadean,” “Fly Paper,” “Peep World,” “Dinner for Schmucks,” “Small Town Saturday Night,” “Herpes Boy,” “Halloween II,” “The Soloist,” “Drag Me to Hell,” “Seven Pounds,” “Pretty Ugly People,” “Coach Carter,” “Charm School,” “Win a Date with Tad Hamilton,” “Bad Santa,” “Spiderman,” “Big Momma’s House,” “Being John Malkovich,” “Never Been Kissed” and “A Time to Kill.” In 2009, Spencer directed and produced a short film entitled “The Captain,” which was a finalist for the coveted Poetry Foundation Prize at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

Spencer recently guest-starred in the latest season of the CBS series “Mom.” Additionally, Spencer made a memorable guest appearance in the final season of “30 Rock,” starred in the Comedy Central series “Halfway Home” and appeared in a five-episode arc as the character Constance Grady on the hit series “Ugly Betty.” She has guest-starred on “The Big Bang Theory,” “E.R.,” “CSI,” “CSI: NY,” “Raising The Bar,” “Medium” and “NYPD Blue,” among others.

Among her many other professional achievements, Spencer co-authored an interactive mystery series for children called “Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective.” The first title in the series, “Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit,” was published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing in Fall 2013. The second book, “Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: Sweetest Heist in History” is currently in bookstores.

Spencer is a native of Montgomery, Ala., and holds a BS in liberal arts from Auburn University. She resides in Los Angeles.

Alan Tudyk

Duke Weaselton

ALAN TUDYK (voice of Duke Weaselton) has appeared on several television shows and more than 20 feature films. His talents traverse drama, comedy, dramedy, com-rama and musical erotica. Tudyk appears in the upcoming “Welcome to Me” with Kristin Wiig. He is shooting the Jay Roach feature “Trumbo” opposite Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Louis C.K., Michael Stuhlbarg and Stephen Root.

Tudyk’s role in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Wreck-It Ralph” garnered him an Annie Award for his work as King Candy. He returned to the recording booth to voice the Duke of Weselton in Disney’s Oscar®-winning feature “Frozen,” and voiced Alistair Krei in Disney’s subsequent Oscar-winning “Big Hero 6.” Tudyk has done voice work for many features, television shows and video games.

Tudyk starred in the well-received Warner Bros. film “42” as Ben Chapman, a former player turned manager who adamantly opposed Jackie Robinson’s entry into the league. Tudyk broke out as a hyper-paranoid mental patient opposite Robin Williams in “Patch Adams.” His film credits include “28 Days,” “Wonder Boys,” “A Knight’s Tale,” “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “I, Robot,” “RX” “Serenity,” “Death at a Funeral,” “Knocked Up,” “3:10 to Yuma,” “Tucker and Dale vs Evil,” “Beautiful Boy,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and “Premature.”

Tudyk appeared in the critically acclaimed ABC single-camera comedy “Suburgatory.” He reprised his role as Pastor Veal on the Netflix revival of “Arrested Development.” Tudyk garnered a cult following as a member of Joss Whedon’s sci-fi series “Firefly.” Tudyk also appeared in “Strangers with Candy,” “Dollhouse,” “Frasier” and “Justified.” He plays host Reagan Biscayne on Adult Swim’s “Newsreaders,” which is created and produced by Rob Corddry, Jonathan Stern and David Wain.

Tudyk starred on Broadway opposite Kristin Chenoweth in “Epic Proportions,” played Lancelot with the original cast in Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” and played the lead role of Peter in “Prelude to a Kiss” opposite John Mahoney.

Tudyk grew up in Plano, Texas, attended the prestigious Juilliard Conservatory in New York, and lives in Los Angeles. He has a modest taxidermy collection and enjoys DIY home improvement and construction projects. He lives with his two dogs, Raisin (a rescue) and Aunt Clara (a “cock-a-poo” cocker spaniel/poodle mix), owns a motorcycle, and likes playing guitar and writing original songs.


Gazelle/performer “Try Everything”

Colombian singer-songwriter SHAKIRA (voice of Gazelle/performer “Try Everything”) has sold more than 60 million records worldwide. She’s won numerous awards including two Grammys®, eight Latin Grammys®, and several World Music Awards, American Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards, to name a few.

Shakira is the only artist from South America to have a No. 1 song in the United States, and has had four of the 20 top-selling hits of the last decade. Shakira served as coach on the fourth and sixth seasons of "The Voice," NBC's hit reality vocal competition series that searches for the nation's best voice. Her tenth and most recent studio album “Shakira” was released in 2014.

At the age of 18, Shakira founded the Pies Descalzos (Barefoot) Foundation which currently provides education and nutrition to more than 6,000 impoverished children in Colombia; she is expanding its work to other countries, including newly launched projects in Haiti and South Africa. In October 2011, Shakira was named a member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. 

Raymond S. Persi


Raymond S. Persi is an Emmy Award®-winning director (for the 2006 “Simpsons” Episode: “The Seemingly Neverending Story”), and has been a key player on the story team at Walt Disney Animation Studios since 2010. He was a story artist on Disney’s “Wreck-It Ralph,” the Oscar®-winning animated feature, “Frozen,” as well as the Oscar-winning animated short, “Feast,” for which his two dogs –Sweet Pea and Chibi – served as life models.

Persi’s work for Walt Disney Animation Studios also extends to the recording booth, having played the roles of “Wreck-It Ralph’s” Gene, the martini-swilling Nicelander who tells Ralph that he’s not worthy, and Zombie, a member of Ralph’s Bad-Anon therapy group. His most recent voice work was for 2016’s “Zootopia,” as Flash, the fastest sloth in the DMV (Department of Mammal Vehicles).

Born in Hollywood, California, Persi exhibited an early interest in drawing, and was strongly influenced by Disney and Warner Bros. cartoons, as well as shows like “The Muppet Show.” After high school, he studied animation at the Santa Monica-based workshop school, AnimAction, which led to a training position at “The Simpsons” starting in 1995. Over the next fifteen years, Persi advanced through the ranks from character layout to assistant director to director. He directed ten episodes for the popular long-running series.

Additionally, Persi has worked on projects for Walt Disney Television Animation, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network. He also co-produced and co-directed an award-winning animated music video in 1999 for the Squirrel Nut Zippers for their song, “Ghost of Stephen Foster.”

Maurice LaMarche

Mr. Big

Often joking that he was voted “Most Likely To Be Someone Else” by his high school classmates, two-time Emmy winner Maurice LaMarche has been doing character voices and impressions since his childhood. He started actually getting paid for it at the tender age of 19, when he began performing stand-up comedy at Toronto’s "Yuk Yuk’s" comedy club, launching his career at the same time as longtime friends Howie Mandel and Jim Carrey.

Moving to Los Angeles in 1980, Maurice began a ten-year stint in stand-up, during which he served as the opening act for such performers as Rodney Dangerfield, George Carlin, and Kool & The Gang, as well as being showcased on HBO's groundbreaking "Rodney Dangerfield Presents The Ninth Annual Young Comedians Special" in 1985. That was the same year he “tripped sideways into a second career in the wonderful world of animation voiceovers”, as he is fond of putting it, finding himself cast as Chief Quimby in "Inspector Gadget", and Egon Spengler in "The Real Ghostbusters", in rapid succession.

The voiceover work has kept coming ever since; Maurice has performed on over one hundred and fifty animated series, and has been Emmy-nominated five times for his voice talents. In 1989, he was nominated for voicing roughly half the puppets on the politically satirical “Sid and Marty Krofft present D.C. Follies”, starring Fred Willard; then in 1998 for playing "The Brain" in "Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky & The Brain". Then, in 2011, he finally won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance in "Futurama", where he played a dozen regular (and about sixty recurring) characters, including "Morbo The Newscaster", "Calculon", "The Donbot", "Clamps", "Hedonismbot", and Zapp Brannigan’s long-suffering sidekick, "Kif Kroker".

The following year he took home his second Emmy for “Futurama” in the same category, and he was nominated one last time for Matt Groening’s much-loved sci-fi cartoon in 2014. Maurice is also frequently heard in the advertising world as the voice of Toucan Sam, the “spokesbird” for Kellogg’s Froot Loops, a part he’s played since 1987, and he has, since 2009, been the signature voice of the entire Lexus TV and Radio Campaign in the United States.

John DiMaggio

Jerry Jumbeaux Jr.

In addition to being the voice of Bender on Fox’s “Futurama”, John DiMaggio is an accomplished comedic actor who made the jump from acting to stand-up and back to acting. John ’s past and current animated TV and film credits include: Futurama (2001 Annie Award winner and 2003 Emmy Nominee), Aquaman on Bat Man: The Brave and the Bold, Kim Possible, American Dragon: Jake Long, American Dad, Barnyard, Where My Dogs At?, Chowder, Friday, The Animatrix, Princess Mononoke, The Simpsons, Teen Titans, Superman: Doomsday, Jackie Chan Adventures, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars, Father of The Pride, The Madagascar Penguins Christmas Caper, Catscratch, Vampire Hunter D, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He has also voiced many video games including 50 Cent: Bulletproof, The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, X-Men Legends, Final Fantasy 10-12, and Gears of War (for which he won Best Male V.O. in a Video Game 2006).

John has been seen on Chicago Hope, ER, Law & Order, NYPD Blue, Without a Trace, CSI: NY, My Name is Earl, and the original cable movie “The Pirates of Silicon Valley” with Noah Wyle, Anthony Michael Hall and Joey Slotnick. He also has extensive stage credits and has performed internationally in the theatre and as a stand up comic.

Byron Howard


BYRON HOWARD (Director) directed Disney’s 2010 world-wide hit feature “Tangled” with Nathan Greno. The film featured the Oscar®-nominated and Grammy®-winning song “I See the Light.” Howard and Greno teamed up again in 2012 for the short film “Tangled Ever After.”

As a child, Howard’s favorite Disney animated films included “Robin Hood,” “Cinderella” and “Sleeping Beauty.” He was also inspired by artists like Chuck Jones, Ronald Searle and Bill Watterson, and he would fill reams of computer paper with characters of his own creation. His love of art and animation continued through high school and college.

Howard earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at The Evergreen State College in Washington, where he pursued his interest in filmmaking by studying cinematography, art and literature. By 1991, he was part of the Disney family, hosting the animation tour at Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando. In 1994, Howard officially joined the Walt Disney Animation Studios in Florida as an inbetweener and clean-up artist on “Pocahontas.” He quickly went on to become an animator on “Mulan” and a supervising animator on “Lilo & Stitch” and “Brother Bear,” as well as doing character design on both those films.

Howard later relocated to California where he continued his study of cinematography and drawing as a story artist and character designer at Walt Disney Animation Studios before becoming a director in 2006. Walt Disney Animation Studio’s Oscar®-nominated 2008 release “Bolt” marked Howard’s debut as a feature film director (alongside Chris Williams). Howard also designed some of the characters in that film.

Howard loves the collaborative medium of animation because it combines art, cinematography, writing, design, acting and music with a family of supportive and talented artists and crew. Team members inspire each other to achieve something greater than they could alone.

In addition to his lifelong passion for animation and a career spanning the last 20+ years, Howard’s interests include art, music, theater, travel and a deep love for animals (he has two lovable, quirky cats). He resides in a midcentury atomic-ranch home on a quiet hill in sunny Los Angeles, Calif.

Rich Moore


RICH MOORE (Director) directed Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2012 Oscar®-nominated feature “Wreck-It Ralph.”

Moore directed numerous episodes of “The Simpsons” and was a sequence director on “The Simpsons Movie.” A graduate of California Institute of the Arts’ (CalArts) renowned Character Animation Program, Moore was a designer and writer for Ralph Bakshi’s “Mighty Mouse – The New Adventures.” He became one of the original three directors on “The Simpsons,” directing numerous episodes over the series’ first five seasons, including the Emmy® Award-winning “Homer vs. Lisa and the Eighth Commandment.” He later served as supervising director for Gracie Films’ “The Critic.”

Moore oversaw the creative development and production of Matt Groening’s “Futurama,” and was awarded the 1999 Reuben Award (from the National Cartoonists Society) for Best in Television Animation, the 2001 Hugo Gold Plaque (from the World Science Fiction Society) for Special Achievement in Animation, and the 2002 Emmy® for Outstanding Animated Program (the “Roswell That Ends Well” episode).

Credits include director or supervising director on the Warner Bros.’ theatrical short “Duck Dodgers -- Attack the Drones,” the CBS prime-time pilot “Vinyl Café,” Comedy Central’s “Drawn Together,” Mad TV’s “Spy vs. Spy” and Fox’s “Sit Down, Shut Up.”

Clark Spencer


CLARK SPENCER (Producer) produced Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2012 Oscar®-nominated feature “Wreck-It Ralph” for which he won the Producers Guild of America Award for best animated film.

Spencer has served in a variety of top executive capacities for Walt Disney Animation Studios over the past two decades. He joined Disney in July 1990 as a senior business planner in the finance and planning department, earning subsequent promotions to manager of studio planning in August 1991 and director of studio planning and finance in September 1992. During this time, he was involved in the launch of the Disney Channel in Asia, the acquisition of Miramax Films and the creation of the business plan for Disney’s Paris-based animation studio.

In October 1993, Spencer joined Walt Disney Animation Studios as the division’s director of planning and was quickly promoted to the role of vice president of planning and finance. The Hollywood Reporter ranked Spencer in its class of 1995 among the Next Generation of emerging young executives under the age of 35. In October 1996, he was elevated to the role of senior vice president of finance and operations for Walt Disney Animation Studios and Theatrical Productions, a post he held until his move to Disney’s Florida-based animation studio in September of 1998.

Spencer served as senior vice president and general manager of the Florida Studio, where he oversaw all aspects of production and operations at the studio. In 1999, Spencer was tapped to produce the second animated feature to be made at the Florida Studio, the Oscar®-nominated feature “Lilo & Stitch.” The hit movie proved to be a franchise for the Walt Disney Company, spawning three DVD sequels, an animated TV series and characters that are still popular today. In 2002, Spencer returned to the animation studio in Burbank as executive producer of “Meet The Robinsons,” overseeing the story development of the project. He then went on to serve as producer on Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2008 Oscar®-nominated feature “Bolt.”

A native of Seattle, Wash., Spencer is a 1985 graduate of Harvard University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in history. He spent three years on Wall Street as a financial associate with Bankers Trust Company before returning to Harvard Business School, where he earned his M.B.A. in 1990. He currently resides in Malibu, Calif.

Michael Giacchino


MICHAEL GIACCHINO (Composer) has credits that feature some of the most popular and acclaimed film projects in recent history, including “Inside Out,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Jurassic World,” “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and “The Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.” Giacchino’s 2009 score for the Pixar hit “Up” earned him an Oscar®, a Golden Globe®, the BAFTA, the Broadcast Film Critics' Choice Award and two GRAMMY® Awards.

“Zootopia” marks the first Walt Disney Animation Studios feature for Giacchino, following his Emmy®-nominated work on the studio’s animated television special “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice.”

Giacchino began his filmmaking career at the age of 10 in his backyard in Edgewater Park, New Jersey, and eventually went on to study filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. After college, he landed a marketing job at Disney and began studies in music composition, first at Juilliard and then at UCLA. From marketing, he became a producer in the fledgling Disney Interactive Division where he had the opportunity to write music for video games.

After moving to a producing job at the newly formed DreamWorks Interactive Division, he was asked to score the temp track for the video game adaptation of “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.” Subsequently, Steven Spielberg hired him as the composer and it became the first PlayStation game to have a live orchestral score. Giacchino continued writing for video games and became well known for his “Medal of Honor” scores.

Giacchino’s work in video games sparked the interest of J.J. Abrams, and thus began their long-standing relationship that would lead to scores for the hit television series “Alias” and “Lost,” and the feature films “Mission Impossible III,” “Star Trek,” “Super 8” and “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

Additional projects include collaborations with Disney Imagineering on music for Space Mountain, Star Tours (with John Williams) and the “Ratatouille” ride in Disneyland Paris. Giacchino also was the musical director of the 81st Annual Academy Awards®. His music can be heard in concert halls internationally with “Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Ratatouille” films being performed live-to-picture with a full orchestra.

Giacchino serves as the Governor of the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and sits on the advisory board of Education Through Music Los Angeles.

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Ellen DeGeneres


Beloved television icon and entertainment pioneer ELLEN DEGENERES (voice of Dory) has a distinctive comic voice that has resonated with audiences from her first stand-up comedy appearances through her work today on television, in film and in the literary world.

DeGeneres has made a home for herself in daytime with her hit syndicated talk show, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” The show, now in its thirteenth season, has earned a total of 55 Daytime Emmy® Awards.

DeGeneres had the honor of hosting the highly rated 79th Annual Academy Awards® and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy® Award for outstanding individual performance in a variety or music program. In 2014, DeGeneres hosted the 86th annual Academy Awards and garnered the telecast’s largest audience in 14 years, most famously breaking the Internet with the star-studded selfie that earned the title of the most re-tweets of all time.

DeGeneres also received critical success for her HBO stand-up specials. “The Beginning” received two Emmy® nominations in 2001 and the special entitled “Here and Now” was also nominated for two Emmys in 2004.

DeGeneres, an accomplished best-selling author, released her first home design book, “Home,” in Fall 2015. Additionally, DeGeneres has had three best-selling books: “Seriously…I’m Kidding,” which includes a compilation of comedic observations, quotes and stories from her life; “My Point…And I Do Have One”; and “The Funny Thing Is…”
DeGeneres recently launched ED by Ellen, a lifestyle brand inspired by her iconic style, values and personality that features an array of product categories including home, apparel and accessories. Recently, Bergdorf Goodman hosted exclusive online and in-store pop-up shops for ED where Ellen celebrated the brand. ED has also partnered with Gap Kids to create Gap x ED, a brand collaboration focused on empowering and supporting girls, and has also teamed up with leading fashion footwear distributor, Camuto Group, to create a collection of shoes. The line launched in March 2016 at Nordstrom to great success. In addition, ED also launched a line of bedding exclusively for Bed, Bath & Beyond this April. The brand's flagship e-commerce site EDbyEllen.com launched in June 2015, receiving more than 190,000 registered users on its first day, with key items selling out across multiple categories. 

In 2010, DeGeneres signed a multiyear exclusive deal with Warner Bros. Television Group and she founded A Very Good Production. She teamed up with Steve Harvey to executive produce NBC’s “Little Big Shots,” an hour-long show hosted by Harvey that highlights the world’s most talented kids. With the show’s instant success, it was renewed for a second season.

Additional projects include NBC’s “First Dates,” a voyeuristic look at a variety of real first dates happening throughout one night at the same restaurant, and Dr.Seuss’ “Green Eggs and Ham,” set to air on Netflix in 2018.

DeGeneres has been successful in her feature film work, scoring unprecedented popular and critical response to her character Dory in the blockbuster animated feature “Finding Nemo.” “Finding Dory,” the highly anticipated sequel to “Finding Nemo,” opens June 17, 2016.

DeGeneres’ began her career as an emcee at a local comedy club in her hometown of New Orleans. Her acting career in television included roles in several successful sitcoms before being offered a part on “These Friends of Mine” by ABC. After the first season, the show was renamed “Ellen.” Running from 1994 to 1998, “Ellen” garnered record ratings, with DeGeneres receiving Emmy® nominations each season in the best actress category. In 1997, DeGeneres was the recipient of the coveted Peabody Award as well as earning an Emmy® for writing the critically acclaimed “Puppy Episode,” in which her character came out as a gay woman to a record 46 million viewers.
Both on and off screen, DeGeneres’ humanitarian efforts take center stage. DeGeneres brought awareness to the anti-bullying issue by creating a PSA titled “Be Kind.” Overall, “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has raised more than $50 million for various causes, including global warming and breast cancer awareness.

DeGeneres has become a sought-after spokesperson and has been featured in highly successful and popular campaigns, including American Express and CoverGirl.

Albert Brooks


ALBERT BROOKS (voice of Marlin) is among the most inventive practitioners of motion picture comedy, as well as one of its most incisive commentators on contemporary life. Brooks began his career as a stand-up comic and went on to become an award-winning actor, writer and filmmaker, and best-selling author. His first novel “2030: The Real Story of What Happens to America,” published in 2011, was a New York Times best seller.

Brooks has written, directed and starred in several feature films, many of which have been named among the best comedies of all time from numerous critics and The American Film Institute: “Real Life,” “Modern Romance,” “Lost in America,” “Defending Your Life,” “Mother,” “The Muse” and “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World.”

Brooks is also known for his numerous voiceover characters, which include Hank Scorpio, Brad Goodman and Jacques the bowling instructor from “The Simpsons.” He also starred in Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Nemo,” playing Nemo’s father Marlin. The film received an Academy Award® for best animated feature and has become one of the highest-grossing animated films ever made.

Brooks made his feature film-acting debut in Martin Scorsese’s 1976 classic “Taxi Driver.” His other acting credits include “Private Benjamin,” “Unfaithfully Yours,” “I’ll Do Anything,” “This is 40,” “Out of Sight” and “My First Mister.” He earned an Academy Award® nomination for his performance in “Broadcast News.”

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Brooks studied drama at Carnegie Mellon University before starting his performing career in 1968, doing stand-up comedy on network television. He began on “The Steve Allen Show” and later became a regular on “The Dean Martin Show,” and performed on such variety programs as “The Ed Sullivan Show,” “The Merv Griffin Show” and “The Hollywood Palace,” and had more than 40 appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”

Brooks has recorded two comedy albums: “Comedy Minus One” and “A Star is Bought,” the latter earning him a Grammy® nomination for best comedy recording. His first directorial effort was in 1972 for the PBS series “The Great American Dream Machine,” for which he adapted an article he had written for Esquire Magazine, “Albert Brooks’ Famous School for Comedians” into a short film. Following this, he created six short films for the debut season of “Saturday Night Live,” originating the short film concept for that program.

His recent role in “Drive” as the villain Bernie Rose garnered him a Golden Globe® nomination and 17 best supporting actor wins from the country’s major critics groups, including The National Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Circle. He co-starred with Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac in J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year,” which, among other awards, was named best film from The National Board of Review. Brooks appeared in 2015’s “Concussion” with Will Smith.

He is married to artist Kimberly Brooks and has two children.

Ed O’Neill


ED O’NEILL (voice of Hank) stars as the patriarch Jay Pritchett on “Modern Family.” The role has garnered him three Emmy® nominations for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series.

Born in Youngstown, Ohio, O’Neill attended Ohio University in Athens, and Youngstown State University. Signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers, O’Neill was cut in training camp and worked as a social studies teacher before becoming an actor. He has appeared in a number of movies, including “The Bone Collector,” “Little Giants,” “Dutch,” “Wayne’s World” series and several films for Pulitzer Prize-winning screenwriter David Mamet: “The Spanish Prisoner,” “Spartan” and the indie film “Redbelt.”

Best known for his role as Al Bundy on the FOX Network’s long-running sitcom “Married... with Children,” O’Neill’s television credits include the reincarnation of Sgt. Joe Friday on Dick Wolf's remake of “Dragnet,” the recurring role of Baker (D-PA), a potential vice presidential candidate, on the NBC drama “The West Wing,” the role of Detective Michael Mooney on David Milch’s CBS series “Big Apple,” and that of a retired cop on HBO’s “John from Cincinnati,” from the creator/producer of “NYPD Blue” and “Deadwood.” O’Neill also had stints on Broadway, starring in the productions “Lakeboat” and “Keep Your Pantheon.”

Kaitlin Olson


KAITLIN OLSON (voice of Destiny) is one reason women are fast becoming a force in the comedy world. Well known for her unique blend of character and comedic acting, she has left her mark on some of television’s hottest shows.

Olson stars on the critically acclaimed FXX cult hit “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” which entered its eleventh season in January 2016. The press has picked up on her performance as Sweet Dee, declaring her “the next queen of comedy.” Olson can also be seen as Ashley in her much-buzzed-about role on Fox’s “New Girl.”

Olson recently appeared in Fox’s hit comedy “The Heat,” opposite Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock and directed by Paul Feig. Feature credits include Universal’s romantic comedy “Leap Year,” in which she starred opposite Amy Adams, and the festival darling “Weather Girl,” opposite Jane Lynch and Mark Harmon.

Olson has been praised for crafting unique and memorable characters that recur on several shows. On “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” she plays Larry’s sister-in-law Becky. On FX’s “The Riches,” she played the one-armed neighbor Hartley Underwood. And on “The Drew Carey Show,” she was Mimi’s nemesis Traylor for two seasons.

Also known for her Improv talent, Olson began her career with a highly coveted spot in The Groundlings Sunday Company, a training ground for such comics as Will Ferrell and Phil Hartman. The showcase led to her casting in several Improv/hidden camera shows, including “Punk’d,” “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment” and “Meet the Marks.” She was also a series regular on FOX’s “Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show.”

Olson was born and raised in Tigard, Ore., and graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in theatre arts. She lives in Los Angeles with husband Rob McElhenney and sons Axel and Leo.

Hayden Rolence


HAYDEN ROLENCE (voice of Nemo) is a 12-year-old boy from Aurora, Ill., who’s been acting and modeling since age 4. Beginning with print advertisements for various clothing, toy and children's items, Rolence has represented national brands such as Land of Nod, CVS and SC Johnson. He quickly moved to on-camera work, doing many commercials in the Chicagoland area. Some commercial credits include spots for Allstate, Professional Golfers Association and Sears.

Rolence developed a reputation for easily taking direction and being mature beyond his years. His ability to memorize and recite lines of dialogue would get him cast in many short films such as “Cicero in Winter” with Daniel J. Travanti. He’s also screen tested with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emily Blunt.
Particularly well suited for voiceover work, Rolence has been the voice of many commercials and children’s products. He has worked with David Lewis, Jeff France (storyco.tv), Jon Moore (Dictionary Films) and many local filmmakers. Rolence even did a live reading at a corporate event for Groupon in front of the entire company.  

An avid golfer, Rolence spends his spare time playing for a local club’s golf team. He also hones his musical skills by singing and playing the piano that he has played since age 4. Rolence enjoys learning, particularly mathematics and science. Most of all, he likes to act, because it allows him to experience new things and go to new places with his parents and sister, Meadow, who takes after her brother and is also in the acting business. 

Ty Burrell


With a range of performances across television, contemporary film and classic theater, award-winning actor TY BURRELL (voice of Bailey) continues to prove himself as one of the finest and most versatile actors today.

Burrell reprises his starring role as Phil Dunphy on the eighth season of ABC's critically acclaimed hit “Modern Family.” He won the Emmy® Award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series in 2014 and 2011, and has been nominated four other times in the same category. In 2014, Burrell won the Screen Actors Guild Award® for outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series and has been nominated five other times. In 2013, Burrell won the Monte Carlo International Television Festival Award in the category of outstanding actor in a comedy series. In 2012 he won the Critics' Choice Television Award for the best supporting actor in a comedy series and Comedy Central honored Burrell with the 2012 Comedy Award in the category of performance by an actor – TV. Burrell also shared the Television Critics Association (TCA) Award with Nick Offerman for individual achievement in comedy in August 2012. Burrell garnered other notable nominations from the Teen Choice Awards, the TCA Awards, the People's Choice Awards, the American Comedy Awards and the Kids' Choice Awards, all for his role on the series. “Modern Family” itself has won best comedy at the Emmy® Awards five years in a row as well as the Screen Actors Guild Awards® for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

On the big screen, Burrell will lend his voice to the Warner Animation Group’s “Storks,” with Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Andy Samberg and Kelsey Grammer. The film is set in a world where storks deliver packages for a retail giant instead of babies. The film opens on Sept. 23, 2016.

In 2014, Burrell signed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV, the studio behind the acclaimed comedy series “Modern Family.” Under the pact, Burrell launched his production company, Wedding Punch, where he will co-create and write comedy projects as well as develop shows from other writers. The deal is strictly for writing and producing as he continues to be exclusive to “Modern Family” for acting. In September 2015, Burrell acquired his first sale with a put pilot commitment at FOX for single-camera comedy “Hosed,” a workplace comedy about volunteer firefighters. Burrell executive produces alongside the show’s writer, Luvh Rakhe, as well as his Wedding Punch partners, Johnny Meeks, Joel Spence and Mel Cowan.

Burrell was seen in Craig Johnson's indie film “The Skeleton Twins.” The drama, based on a script co-written by Johnson and Mark Heyman, also starred Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig; it was released in September 2014. Earlier that same year, Burrell voiced the lead role of Mr. Peabody in the DreamWorks Animation 3D feature “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” a film based on the classic 1960s cartoon characters that appeared as part of “Rocky and Bullwinkle.” He also starred in “Muppets Most Wanted,” opposite Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey. The film was the follow up to 2011’s “The Muppets.”

Additional film credits include The Weinstein Company's “Butter,” opposite Jennifer Garner; Christopher Neil's film “Goats”; Roger Michell's “Morning Glory,” opposite Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton; Universal's “The Incredible Hulk,” opposite Edward Norton and Liv Tyler for Louis Leterrier; “National Treasure: Book of Secrets,” opposite Nicolas Cage; Steven Shainberg's “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus”; Nicole Holofcener's “Friends With Money,” opposite Catherine Keener, Frances McDormand and Jennifer Aniston; Finn Taylor's romantic comedy “The Darwin Awards”; David Jacobson's “Down in the Valley,” opposite Edward Norton and Evan Rachel Wood; the Weitz brothers' “In Good Company”; Ridley Scott's “Black Hawk Down”; “Dawn of the Dead”; and Ivan Reitman's “Evolution.”

On stage, Burrell starred to incredible reviews in the world premiere of Caryl Churchill's two-hander play “Drunk Enough to Say I Love You” at the Royal Court Theatre in London. Burrell's extensive Broadway and Off-Broadway theater credits include the highly acclaimed Signature Theater Off-Broadway production of “Burn This,” opposite Edward Norton, Catherine Keener and Dallas Roberts; starring as Lord Buckingham in the Public Theater's production of “Richard III,” opposite Peter Dinklage and directed by Peter DuBois; and starring opposite Debra Monk and Judy Greer in Paul Weitz's “Show People,” directed by Peter Askin at Second Stage Theater.

Burrell currently resides in Los Angeles.

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Eugene Levy


EUGENE LEVY (voice of Charlie) has appeared in more than 60 motion pictures to-date, seven of which having topped the $100M mark. His box-office success in films like “Bringing Down the House,” “Cheaper by the Dozen 2” and “Father of the Bride Part II” have established him as one of Hollywood’s most popular comedic actors. But it was the role of Jim’s dad in the “American Pie” franchise that cemented his reputation as America’s favorite dad.

Partnering with Christopher Guest, Levy earned critical acclaim for co-writing and co-starring in “Best in Show,” “Waiting for Guffman,” “For Your Consideration” and “A Mighty Wind.” Levy has been nominated for and won countless awards, including a New York Film Critics Circle Award and a Grammy Award® for “A Mighty Wind.” He received a Golden Globe® nomination for “Best in Show” and two Emmys® for his writing on “SCTV.” Levy’s earlier films include “Splash,” “Armed and Dangerous,” “Multiplicity,” “Club Paradise” and “Serendipity.”

In 2013, Levy formed Not A Real Company Productions (with his son Daniel Levy and principals Andrew Barnsley and Fred Levy) to produce “Schitt’s Creek,” a television series for CBC/ITV he co-created, co-executive produces and co-stars in with Daniel Levy. The single-cam, character-driven comedy also stars Catherine O’Hara and Chris Elliott. “Schitt’s Creek” is currently shooting its third season.

Levy is a member of the Order of Canada.

Recent Awards:
In March 2016, Levy won best actor in a comedy at the Canadian Screen Awards and, as executive producer, he shared the CSA award for best comedy (“Schitt’s Creek”) with his son Daniel Levy, among others. “Schitt’s Creek” swept the Canadian Screen Awards, winning nine of a possible ten categories. Levy also received the prestigious legacy award (along with co-star and long-time collaborator Catherine O’Hara) from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

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Bob Peterson

Mr. Ray

Bob Peterson is an Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter, and director at Pixar Animation Studios as well as the voice of several of the studio’s memorable characters.

Peterson has been a key player at Pixar since 1994. His first assignment was as a layout artist and animator on “Toy Story.” He went on to work as a story artist on “A Bug’s Life” and “Toy Story 2,” and as story supervisor for “Monsters, Inc.”

Peterson and his fellow writers, Andrew Stanton and David Reynolds, were recognized with an Oscar® nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Pixar’s 2003 film “Finding Nemo.” In addition to his writing contributions to the Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature, Peterson lent his voice to the character of Mr. Ray, the tuneful manta ray teacher, a role he returned to 13 years later for Disney•Pixar’s “Finding Dory.”

Peterson made his directorial debut as co-director of the Academy Award-winning 2009 feature “Up,” and was nominated with Director Pete Docter and Writer Thomas McCarthy for “Best Original Screenplay.” Peterson also contributed to the story for “The Good Dinosaur,” which was released in November 2015. He is currently working as a writer on an upcoming Pixar feature film.

In addition to to Mr. Ray from “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory,” Peterson has voiced several of Pixar’s most memorable characters; he was the voice of the aged chess-playing hero of the short “Geri’s Game,” the paperwork-obsessed slug-woman Roz in “Monsters, Inc.” and the loveable and loyal Dug the dog in “Up.”

Born in Wooster, Ohio and raised in Brooklyn, New York and Dover, Ohio, Peterson earned his undergraduate degree from Ohio Northern University. While studying for a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University in Indiana, Peterson had his first experience working in a computer graphics lab. It was there that he also first experienced cartooning, writing and drawing for “Loco-Motives,” a daily four-panel strip for Purdue University’s “Exponent” newspaper.

Upon graduating from Purdue, Peterson moved to Santa Barbara, California, to work for Maya creator Wavefront Technologies, and then to Hollywood-based Rezn8 Productions before joining Pixar in 1994.

He currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Andrew Stanton

(Directed by/Original Story by/ Screenplay by)

ANDREW STANTON (Directed by/Original Story by/Screenplay by) has been a major creative force at Pixar Animation Studios since 1990, when he became the second animator and ninth employee to join the company’s elite group of computer animation pioneers. As vice president, creative, he leads the initiatives of and oversees all features and shorts development of the studio. Stanton wrote and directed the Academy Award®-winning Disney•Pixar feature film “WALL•E,” for which he received an Oscar-nomination for best original screenplay.

Stanton made his directorial debut with the record-shattering “Finding Nemo,” an original story of his that he also co-wrote. The film garnered Stanton an Academy Award® nomination for best original screenplay and “Finding Nemo” was awarded an Oscar® for best animated feature of 2003, the first such honor Pixar Animation Studios received for a full-length feature film.

One of the four screenwriters to receive an Oscar® nomination in 1996 for his contribution to “Toy Story,” Stanton went on to receive credit as a screenwriter on every subsequent Pixar film – “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Finding Nemo.” Additionally, he served as co-director on “A Bug’s Life,” and was the executive producer of “Monsters, Inc.” and “Monsters University,” and Academy Award®-winning films “Ratatouille” and “Brave,” plus the studio’s Fall 2015 release “The Good Dinosaur.”

In addition to his multi-award-winning animation work, Stanton made his live-action writing and directorial debut with Disney’s “John Carter,” released in March 2012.

A native of Rockport, Mass., Stanton earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in character animation from California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts), where he completed two student films. In the 1980s, he launched his professional career in Los Angeles, animating for Bill Kroyer’s Kroyer Films studio, and writing for Ralph Bakshi’s production of “Mighty Mouse, The New Adventures” (1987).

Lindsey Collins

(Produced by)

LINDSEY COLLINS (Produced by) joined Pixar Animation Studios in May 1997. She has worked in various capacities on a number of Pixar’s feature films. Collins’ film credits include “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2” and the Academy Award®-winning films “Finding Nemo” and “Ratatouille.” Collins also provided the voice of the character Mia in Pixar’s 2006 release, “Cars.”

Collins co-produced the Golden Globe®- and Oscar®-winning feature “WALL•E” with producer Jim Morris and director Andrew Stanton. She produced the Disney Studios live-action feature “John Carter.”

Prior to joining Pixar, Collins worked at Disney Feature Animation for three years, managing creative teams on the films “Pocahontas,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Hercules.”

Collins earned a Bachelor of Arts in Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles. She resides in Oakland, Calif., with her husband and three children.

Thomas Newman

Music by

THOMAS NEWMAN (Music by) is widely acclaimed as one of today’s most prominent composers for film. He has composed music for more than 50 motion pictures and television series and has earned 13 Academy Award® nominations and six GRAMMY® Awards.

He is the youngest son of Alfred Newman (1900-1970), the longtime musical director of 20th Century Fox and the composer of scores for such films as “Wuthering Heights,” “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “All About Eve.” As a child, Thomas Newman pursued basic music and piano studies. However, it was not until after his father’s death that the younger Newman, then age 14, felt charged with the desire to write.

Newman studied composition and orchestration at USC with Professor Frederick Lesemann and noted film composer David Raksin, and privately with composer George Tremblay. Newman completed his academic work at Yale University, studying with Jacob Druckman, Bruce MacCombie and Robert Moore. Newman also gratefully acknowledges the early influence of another prominent musician, the legendary Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim, who served as a great mentor and champion.

A turning point in Newman’s career took place while he was working as a musical assistant on the 1984 film, “Reckless,” for which he soon was promoted to the position of composer. And so, at the age of 27, Newman successfully composed his first film score. Since then he has contributed distinctive and evocative scores to numerous acclaimed films, including “Desperately Seeking Susan,” “The Lost Boys,” “The Rapture,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “The Player,” “Scent of a Woman,” “Flesh and Bone,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Little Women,” “American Buffalo,” “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” “Oscar and Lucinda,” “The Horse Whisperer,” “Meet Joe Black,” “American Beauty,” “The Green Mile,” “Erin Brockovich,” “In the Bedroom,” “Road to Perdition,” “Finding Nemo,” “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Cinderella Man,” “Jarhead,” “Little Children,” “The Good German,” “Revolutionary Road” and WALL•E. Newman’s more recent projects include “The Debt,” “The Adjustment Bureau,” “The Help,” “The Iron Lady,” “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” “Skyfall,” “Spectre,” “Side Effects,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “The Judge” and Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies.” Newman also composed the music for HBO’s acclaimed six-hour miniseries “Angels in America,” directed by Mike Nichols. Newman received an Emmy® Award for his theme for the HBO original series “Six Feet Under.”


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Bill Murray


BILL MURRAY (voice of Baloo) recently starred in director/screenwriter Ted Melfi’s critically acclaimed “St. Vincent,” the story of a young boy who develops an unusual friendship with the cantankerous old guy next door.

Murray’s portrayal of Herman Blume in Wes Anderson’s “Rushmore” brought him the New York Film Critics Circle, National Society of Film Critics, Los Angeles Film Critics Association and Independent Spirit Award for best supporting actor. He has acted in all of Anderson’s subsequent features, including “The Royal Tenenbaums,” “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” “The Darjeeling Limited,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox” and “Moonrise Kingdom.”

For his performance as Bob Harris in Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation,” Murray received the Golden Globe®, BAFTA, Independent Spirit and New York, Los Angeles and Chicago Film Critics Awards, among others, for best actor. He also was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award® and Academy Award®.

After making his screen debut in Ivan Reitman’s “Meatballs,” Murray reteamed with the director on “Stripes” and the “Ghostbusters” movies. His film credits include Harold Ramis’ “Caddyshack” and “Groundhog Day,” Art Linson’s “Where the Buffalo Roam,” Sydney Pollack’s “Tootsie,” John Byrum’s “The Razor’s Edge,” Richard Donner’s “Scrooged,” Frank Oz’s “What About Bob?,” John McNaughton’s “Mad Dog and Glory” and “Wild Things,” Tim Burton’s “Ed Wood,” Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s “Kingpin” and “Dumb and Dumber To,” Jon Amiel’s “The Man Who Knew Too Little,” Tim Robbins’ “Cradle Will Rock,” Michael Almereyda’s “Hamlet,” Gil Kenan’s “City of Ember,” Aaron Schneider’s “Get Low,” for which Murray received Independent Spirit and Satellite Award nominations, Mitch Glazer’s “Passion Play,” Roman Coppola’s “A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III,” Barry Levinson’s “Rock the Kasbah” and Cameron Crowe’s “Aloha.”

He has starred for Jim Jarmusch in the “Delirium” segment of “Coffee and Cigarettes” and in “Broken Flowers,” for which he was nominated for a Satellite Award for best actor; and in “The Limits of Control.”

Born in Chicago, Murray began his acting career there with the improvisational troupe Second City. He joined the cast of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” in the show’s second season, and shortly thereafter won an Emmy® as one of the show’s writers. He later authored the book “Cinderella Story: My Life in Golf.”

Ben Kingsley


BEN KINGSLEY (voice of Bagheera) continues to bring unequaled detail and nuance to each role he portrays after earning an Academy Award®, two Golden Globes® and two BAFTA Awards for his riveting portrayal of Indian social leader Mahatma Gandhi. Upcoming for Kingsley is “Backstabbing for Beginners,” directed by Per Fly.

Kingsley has continued to earn honors as a truly international star, earning Oscar® nominations for “Bugsy,” “Sexy Beast” and “House of Sand and Fog.” His roles have been as diverse as his talents, from a vice president in “Dave” to the scheming Fagin in “Oliver Twist.” In 1984, Kingsley was awarded the Padma Shri by Indira Gandhi and the government of India and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year’s Eve Honors List 2001.

Kingsley was heard in the stop-motion animated film “The Boxtrolls,” based on the novel “Here Be Monsters”; in Ridley Scott’s epic film “Exodus: Gods and Kings” alongside Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver and Aaron Paul; and “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” the third installment in the franchise, as an Egyptian pharaoh on display in the museum who is revived by a magical tablet. He also appears in “Learning to Drive,” directed by Isabel Coixet.

Kingsley appears in “Tut,” a six-part miniseries for SpikeTV. The limited series is based on the story of King Tutankhamen, known as King Tut. Kingsley portrays Ay, the grand vizier to King Tutankhamen, who wields tremendous power and influence as the top advisor to the young Egyptian ruler.

Kingsley appears in “The Walk,” the Robert Zemeckis-helmed dramatized biopic of tightrope walker Philippe Petit’s walk between the Twin Towers in 1974; “Collide,” alongside Anthony Hopkins, Nicholas Hout and Felicity Jones, following a young American couple who are plunged into a game of cat and mouse across Germany after they find themselves caught between two ruthless criminals; Tarsem Singh’s sci-fi thriller “Self/less”; “Learning to Drive,” where he re-teams with his “Elegy” director Isabel Coixet and co-star Patricia Clarkson; “Robot Overlords,” where earth has been conquered by robots from a distant galaxy; and “Life,” opposite Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan. The story centers on the friendship that developed between photographer Dennis Stock and actor James Dean when Stock was commissioned to photograph the actor for Life magazine in 1955. Kingsley portrays studio mogul Jack Warner.

Kingsley will appear in “Brooklyn Bridge,” opposite Daniel Radcliffe and Brie Larson, about Washington Roebling, a civil engineer and son of architect, John A. Roebling (Kingsley), who is entrusted with completing his father's famous Brooklyn Bridge.

Kingsley was in the highly anticipated Marvel short film “All Hail the King,” which has been described as an epilogue to “Iron Man 3” and a possible prologue to “Iron Man 4.” The 14-minute film was written and directed by “Iron Man 3” scribe Drew Pearce, and is included on the “Thor: The Dark World” Blu-ray™. Kingsley was also seen in “War Story,” which premiered at Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Mark Jackson, the film is about a war photographer who retreats to a small town in Sicily after being held captive in Libya. The film also stars Catherine Keener and Hafsia Herzi.

In 2013, Kingsley was seen in the blockbuster film “Iron Man 3” as The Mandarin. The film grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. He also starred in “Ender’s Game,” based on the novel of the same name, and was seen in the independent films “Walking With the Enemy,” “A Common Man,” “A Birder’s Guide to Everything” and “The Physician.”

Steeped in British theatre, Kingsley marked the beginning of his professional acting career with his acceptance by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967. He had roles in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Tempest,” Brutus in “Julius Caesar,” and title roles in “Othello” and “Hamlet,” among others. His more recent and diverse stage roles include those in “The Country Wife,” “The Cherry Orchard,” “A Betrothal” and “Waiting for Godot.”

Kingsley’s film career began in 1972 with the thriller “Fear Is the Key,” but his first major role came a decade later in the epic “Gandhi.” He followed this Oscar®-winning performance with “Betrayal,” “Turtle Diary,” “Harem,” “Pascali’s Island,” “Without A Clue” (as Dr. Watson to Michael Caine’s Sherlock Holmes) and “The Children,” opposite Kim Novak. During the 1990s, Kingsley distinguished himself through such roles as Mayer Lansky in “Bugsy,” “Sneakers,” “Searching For Bobby Fischer” and “Dave.” In 1994 he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for his memorable supporting role as Itzhak Stern in Steven Spielberg’s seven-time Oscar winner “Schindler’s List.”

Kingsley’s credits include “Rules of Engagement,” “What Planet Are You From?,” Roman Polanski’s “Oliver Twist,” the crime drama “Lucky Number Slevin,” John Dahl’s “You Kill Me” and the Roman empire saga “The Last Legion.” He also starred in the sexually charged “Elegy,” for which he was nominated British Actor of the Year by the London Critics Circle Film Awards and two films at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival: the Audience Award-winning and Grand Jury Prize-nominated “The Wackness” and the crime thriller “Transsiberian.” He also starred in the thriller “Fifty Dead Men Walking” and the crime comedy “War, Inc.”

Kingsley’s other credits include Sacha Baron Cohen’s “The Dictator,” Martin Scorsese’s films “Hugo,” which earned five Academy Awards®, and “Shutter Island”; Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Prince of Persia”; and “Stonehearst Asylum” alongside Michael Caine, Kate Beckinsale and Jim Sturgess.

Idris Elba

Shere Khan

Golden Globe®-winning actor IDRIS ELBA (voice of Shere Khan) showcases his creative versatility in television and film, as well as behind the camera as a producer and director. He continues to captivate audiences as one to watch in Hollywood, with a string of well-received performances in high-profile films as well as and in multiple critically acclaimed television series.

Prior to his big-screen debut, Elba’s career skyrocketed on the small screen in some of UK’s top-rated shows, including “Dangerfield,” “Bramwell” and “Ultraviolet.” In 2000, “Ultraviolet” was purchased by Fox in the United States, offering Elba a break into the American marketplace. He soon moved to New York and earned rave reviews for his portrayal of Achilles in Sir Peter Hall’s Off-Broadway production of “Troilus and Cressida.” Shortly thereafter he landed a part on the acclaimed television series “Law & Order.”

Elba landed the role of Stringer Bell, the lieutenant of a Baltimore drug empire on HBO’s critically acclaimed series “The Wire.” In 2005, his performance earned him an NAACP Image Award nomination for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series.

In 2005, Elba began his film career in such projects as HBO’s “Sometimes in April” (NAACP Image Award nomination), Tyler Perry’s “Daddy’s Little Girls” (BET Award nomination), “The Reaping” alongside Hilary Swank, and the horror thriller “28 Weeks Later.” In 2007, Elba starred in Ridley Scott’s Golden Globe®-nominated “American Gangster” with Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Ruby Dee and Josh Brolin. The cast received a Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination. Following, Elba starred in Guy Ritchie’s “RocknRolla” with Tom Hardy; opposite Beyonce Knowles in “Obsessed” (NAACP Image Award Nomination); “The Losers” (BET Award winner), “Legacy” (which he also executive produced); “Ghost Rider” with Nicolas Cage; Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” with Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron; “Thor” with Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth; and Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” alongside Charlie Hunnam, Charlie Day and Rinko Kikuchi. In 2013, Elba starred as Nelson Mandela in The Weinstein Company biopic “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” His performance earned him a Golden Globe® nomination and an NAACP Image Award nomination. The next year, he both starred in and executive produced “No Good Deed,” a thriller also starring Taraji P. Henson. In March 2015, Elba appeared in Pierre Morel’s “The Gunman,” alongside Sean Penn and Javier Bardem.

Elba can be seen in “Beasts of No Nation,” directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, which earned him nominations for a Golden Globe® and NAACP Image Award; as well as SAG and Independent Spirit Awards for best supporting actor. He lends his voice to Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” and stars in this summer’s “Star Trek Beyond.”

Elba returned to television in 2009 when he joined the cast of NBC’s hit television show “The Office” as Michael Scott’s less-than-amused boss Charles Minor. In 2010, Elba landed the title role of John Luther in the BBC crime drama miniseries “Luther.” Following the first season, Elba was nominated for an Emmy® for his performance in “Luther,” as well as for his guest appearance on Showtime’s “The Big C.” His performance in the first season of “Luther” earned him an NAACP Image Award, a BET Award, and a Golden Globe®. In 2012, Elba earned an Emmy nomination for the second season of “Luther.” The third installment of the BBC miniseries aired in September 2013. His performance earned him an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination as well as an NAACP Image Award. In 2015, Elba reprised his role as Luther for the two-part final installment of the series, for which he earned nominations for a Golden Globe and NAACP Award; and garnered the SAG Award® for outstanding performance by a male actor.

In 2013, Elba made his directorial debut with the teleplay “The Pavement Psychologist” for Sky/Sprout Pictures as part of Sky's PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS series starring Anna Friel, which Elba also wrote. He also created, directed and starred in the music video “Lover of Light” by Mumford and Sons, which has received more than nine million YouTube views to date. In 2014, Elba starred in and produced a two-part documentary titled “King of Speed” for BBC Two and BBC America with his production company Green Door Pictures. In 2015, Elba and Green Door Pictures released the documentary “Mandela, My Dad and Me,” which follows Elba during the making of his album “mi Mandela.”

In winter 2015, Elba launched his clothing line Idris Elba + Superdry, which combines vintage Americana styling with Japanese-inspired graphics, available in both the UK and U.S.

Lupita Nyong’o


LUPITA NYONG'O (voice of Raksha) made her feature debut in Steve McQueen's Academy Award®-winning film “12 Years a Slave,” alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt. For her portrayal as Patsey, Nyong'o received the Academy Award in the category of best supporting actress, as well as the Screen Actors Guild Award®, the Critics' Choice Award, the Independent Spirit Award, NAACP Award and the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards’ New Hollywood Award.

Nyong’o stars in in “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens,” directed by J.J. Abrams, and Disney’s “Queen of Katwe,” directed by Mira Nair. In addition, she will be producing and starring in a film adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie's “Americanah,” which was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 by the editors of the New York Times Book Review.

Nyong’o can be seen in the action thriller “Non-Stop,” opposite Liam Neeson, Michelle Dockery and Julianne Moore. Additionally, Nyong'o served as the creator, director, editor and producer of the award-winning feature-length documentary “In My Genes.” The documentary follows eight individual Kenyans who have one thing in common: they were born with albinism, a genetic condition that causes a lack of pigmentation. In many parts of Africa, including Kenya, it is a condition that marginalizes, stigmatizes and endangers those who have it. While albinism is highly visible in a society that is predominantly black, the reality of those living with albinism is invisible to most. Through her intimate portraits, Nyong'o enables us see their challenges, humanity and everyday triumphs.

Nyong'o has become a favorite of designers and in June 2014, she was announced as a new ambassador of Lancome.

A recent graduate of the Yale School of Drama's acting program, Nyongo's stage credits include playing Perdita in “The Winter's Tale” (Yale Repertory Theater), Sonya in “Uncle Vanya,” Katherine in “The Taming of the Shrew,” as well as being in the original production of Michael Mitnick's “Elijah.”

Scarlett Johansson


SCARLETT JOHANSSON (voice of Kaa) has proven to be one of Hollywood’s most talented and charismatic actresses. A Tony Award® and BAFTA winner as well as a four-time Golden Globe® nominee, she lent her voice to Spike Jonze’s Oscar®-winning sci-fi romance “Her.” Johansson’s performance as the operating system Samantha earned her the best actress award at the Rome Film Festival.

Johansson starred in Luc Besson’s action-thriller “Lucy.” She starred opposite Chris Evans in Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and reprised her role of Natasha Romanoff, the Black Widow, in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

In 2014 Johansson was seen in Jon Favreau’s critically acclaimed independent film, “Chef.” In 2013, she starred in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut “Don Jon,” and in Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin,” which premiered at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals.

For her starring role opposite Bill Murray in “Lost in Translation,” the critically acclaimed second film directed by Sofia Coppola, Johansson received rave reviews and won the Upstream Prize at the Venice Film Festival. Previously, she starred in “A Love Song for Bobby Long,” opposite John Travolta, and Woody Allen’s “Match Point,” which netted her fourth consecutive Golden Globe® nomination.

Johansson also starred in such notable films as Marvel’s “The Avengers,” alongside Robert Downey Jr.; “Hitchcock,” opposite Anthony Hopkins; “We Bought a Zoo” for Cameron Crowe; “Iron Man 2,” directed by Jon Favreau; “In Good Company” for the Weitz brothers; “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” opposite Colin Firth; “The Island,” opposite Ewan McGregor; “The Black Dahlia,” directed by Brian De Palma; and “The Prestige,” directed by Christopher Nolan.

Additional film credits include “He’s Just Not That Into You,” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” “The Other Boleyn Girl,” “The Spirit,” “The Nanny Diaries,” “North” and “Just Cause.”

A New York native, Johansson made her professional acting debut at age 8 in the Off Broadway production of “Sophistry,” alongside Ethan Hawke, at New York’s Playwrights Horizons. Her breakthrough role came at age 10 in the critically praised “Manny & Lo,” which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for best female lead.

When she was 12, Johansson attained worldwide recognition for her performance as Grace MacLean, the teen traumatized by a riding accident in Robert Redford’s drama “The Horse Whisperer.” She went on to star in Terry Zwigoff’s “Ghost World,” garnering best supporting actress honors from the Toronto Film Critics Association. Johansson was also featured in the Coen brothers’ dark comedy “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Frances McDormand.

Also a skilled stage actress, Johansson won a Tony® for her Broadway debut in the Arthur Miller play “A View from the Bridge,” opposite Liev Schreiber. In 2013, she wrapped her second run on Broadway as Maggie in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

Giancarlo Esposito


GIANCARLO ESPOSITO (voice of AKELA) is a celebrated television, film and stage actor whose acting career spans several decades. In 2014, he was honored with a star on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Esposito will star in “The Scorch Trials,” the sequel to 20th Century Fox’s blockbuster action franchise “The Maze Runner.” He will also star in the independent musical drama, “Stuck,” based on the stage play. He will then direct, produce and star in the independent historical drama “Patriotic Treason,” the story of abolitionist John Brown. Esposito will play Frederick Douglass opposite four-time Academy Award®-nominee Ed Harris.

Television audiences know Esposito best from his iconic portrayal of drug kingpin Gustavo “Gus” Fring in AMC’s critically acclaimed award-winning series “Breaking Bad,” for which he won the 2012 Critics Choice Award and earned a 2012 Emmy® nomination as well.

Esposito has appeared in notable films such as “Rabbit Hole,” "The Usual Suspects," “Smoke” and “The Last Holiday.” His performances in Spike Lee’s films “Do the Right Thing,” "Mo’ Better Blues,” “School Daze” and "Malcolm X" are among his most memorable. Esposito's other film credits include outstanding performances in “Poker Night,” “Alex Cross,” “Sherrybaby,” “Ali,” "Nothing to Lose,” “Waiting to Exhale,” "Bob Roberts," "King of New York” and “The Cotton Club.” In 1995, Esposito was recognized for his incredible work in “Fresh” with a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award.

In 2008, through his production company, Quiet Hand Productions, Esposito made his feature directorial debut with the film “Gospel Hill.” He also co-starred with Danny Glover, Angela Bassett, Julia Stiles, Taylor Kitsch and Samuel L. Jackson, and the film won more than nine awards at various acclaimed film festivals. Quiet Hand Productions aspires to make conscious-content films that focus on the inspirational. The company has several projects in development, in which Esposito plans to co-star, as well as direct and produce.

Esposito’s many television credits include “Revolution,” “Community,” “Once Upon a Time,” “Homicide: Life on The Streets,” “Law & Order,” “Bakersfield PD,” “Touched by an Angel,” and “Kidnapped.”

Esposito is also well known to theatregoers for his award-winning work on stage. He recently starred in Atlantic Theatre Company’s world premiere of “Storefront Church,” written and directed by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner John Patrick Shanley. “Storefront Church” was the final installment of the trilogy called “Church & State,” and began with “Doubt.” Esposito won Obie Awards for “Zooman and The Sign” at the Negro Ensemble Company and “Distant Fires” at The Atlantic Theatre Company, where he continues to perform and teach as a company member. His long list of Broadway credits include “Sacrilege,” “Seesaw,” “Merrily We Roll Along” and “Lost In The Stars,” to name a few. He also co-starred on Broadway with James Earl Jones, Terrence Howard and Phylicia Rashad in Debbie Allen’s rendition of the great classic Tennessee Williams play “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

Esposito is a yoga enthusiast and spends his free time riding his motorcycle and practicing the saxophone. He is also a proud board member of the Creative Coalition, an arts and advocacy group that champions the First Amendment. He also lends his support to other organizations that support the arts and education, including the Waterkeeper Alliance, Kids for Peace & World Merit USA.

Christopher Walken

King Louie

CHRISTOPHER WALKEN (voice of King Louie) won an Academy Award® and the New York Film Critics Circle Award for his performance in “The Deer Hunter.” Walken also received an Academy Award nomination and won the BAFTA and SAG Award® for “Catch Me if You Can.”  

Walken’s credits include “Annie Hall,” “Pennies From Heaven,” “The Dead Zone,” “At Close Range,” “Biloxi Blues,” “King of New York,” “Man On Fire,” “Man of the Year,” “Wedding Crashers,” “Hairspray,” “True Romance,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Batman Returns,” “Seven Psychopaths” and “A Late Quartet.” He also starred in “Jersey Boys,” directed by Clint Eastwood; “When I Live My Life Over Again,” co-starring Amber Heard and Oliver Platt; and “The Family Fang,” alongside Justin Bateman and Nicole Kidman. Walken recently starred in “Nine Lives,” alongside Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Garner, with Barry Sonnenfeld directing.

In 2010, Walken was nominated for a Tony Award® and Drama Desk Award for his performance in “A Behanding in Spokane.” His theatre work includes “The Lion In Winter” (Clarence Derwent Award), “The Seagull” (Obie, NY Shakespeare Festival), “The Rose Tattoo” (Theatre World Award) and James Joyce's “The Dead.”

Walken also performed in the Spike Jonze-directed music video for “Weapon of Choice,” and starred in “Peter Pan Live” for NBC as Captain Hook.

Neel Sethi


NEEL SETHI (Mowgli) is the only live-action actor among an all-star cast in “The Jungle Book.” Director Jon Favreau chose Sethi after considering about 2000 kids who auditioned for the role.

Sethi, a natural athlete, enjoys playing all sports—especially basketball and football. He is working towards earning his black belt in Taekwondo and underwent parkour training to help him prepare him for his role as Mowgli.

The native New Yorker, now 12, roots for the Mets, the Giants and the Knicks. He loves music and his favorite foods are lobster ravioli and sushi.

Jon Favreau


JON FAVREAU (Director) began his career in the industry as an actor in the inspiring sports film “Rudy.” He went on to establish himself as a writer with the acclaimed hipster comedy “Swingers.” Since then, he has continued to challenge himself with a variety of eclectic projects.

An integral part of the formation and expansion of the Marvel Universe, Favreau directed the blockbuster hits “Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2,” which grossed a combined $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office. He also served as executive producer on Marvel’s “The Avengers” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which grossed a combined $2.9 billion worldwide, becoming the 3rd and 7th highest-grossing films of all time, respectively.

Most recently, Favreau wrote, directed, produced and starred in the indie hit, “Chef,” which also starred Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson and Robert Downey Jr.

In 2011, Favreau directed and produced “Cowboys and Aliens,” starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig. Prior to directing the first two installments of the “Iron Man,” franchise, Favreau directed “Zathura: A Space Adventure,” a children’s film starring Tim Robbins, for Radar Pictures and Sony Entertainment. In 2003, Favreau directed the acclaimed holiday smash hit “Elf,” starring Will Ferrell, for New Line Cinema. Favreau made his feature-film directorial debut with “Made,” a script he wrote and starred in opposite Vince Vaughn and Sean Combs for Artisan Entertainment.

In front of the camera, Favreau was seen in “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Identity Thief” and “People Like Us.” His other film credits include “Couples Retreat,” “I Love You Man,” “Four Christmases,” “The Break-Up,” “Wimbledon,” “Something’s Gotta Give,” “Daredevil,” “Love & Sex,” “The Replacements,” “Very Bad Things” and “Deep Impact.” He also portrayed legendary heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano in the MGM biopic “Rocky Marciano.”

Favreau’s television credits include a recurring role on “Friends” and a special appearance on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” playing himself. Favreau also added the title of showrunner to his multihyphenate list of credits as the creator, producer and host of the critically acclaimed and Emmy®-nominated IFC series “Dinner for Five.” He also executive produced the TV series “Revolution.” Presently, Favreau is an executive producer on the TV series, “The Shannara Chronicles.”

Brigham Taylor


JBRIGHAM TAYLOR (Producer) has been associated with Walt Disney Studios since 1994 where he began as a production assistant and rose through the ranks to executive vice president of production. During his time as an executive, Taylor helped oversee a wide range of films, including the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, “Tron Legacy,” “Chronicles of Narnia” and “Oz: The Great and Powerful.” Other titles include “The Rookie,” “Flightplan,” “O Brother Where Art Thou,” “Miracle,” “The Game Plan,” “John Carter,” “Secretariat” and “Million Dollar Arm.”

In his newest endeavor, Taylor signed an exclusive producing pact with Disney, TaylorMade Films, developing and producing titles for the live-action studio.

In addition to producing “The Jungle Book,” directed by Jon Favreau, Taylor executive produced “Tomorrowland,” directed by Brad Bird and produced by Bird and Damon Lindelof.


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Chris Evans

Steve Rogers/Captain America

CHRIS EVANS (Steve Rogers/Captain America) has emerged as a director and one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actors for both big budget and independent features. Evans recently wrapped production on Marc Webb’s “Gifted.” The film follows a man (Evans) who sues for custody of his 7-year-old, intellectually gifted niece. Evans stars alongside Octavia Spencer and Jenny Slate. Fox Searchlight will be releasing the film later this year.

Evans marked his feature film directorial debut with “Before We Go.” He also produced and starred in the film alongside Alice Eve and Mark Kassen. The film premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and was released by Radius on September 14, 2015.

Evans starred in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” opposite Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth.  Disney released the film May 1, 2015, and to date it has grossed over $1.4 billion worldwide. Evans was seen in “The Avengers” in 2012, which in its opening weekend smashed previous domestic records and continued its box-office success with a current worldwide gross of over $1.5 billion. 

Evans also starred in Bong Joon-ho’s “Snowpiercer” opposite Octavia Spencer, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt and Ed Harris. Set in a world covered in snow and ice, the film follows a train full of travelers who struggle to co-exist.  The Weinstein Company released the film June 27, 2014. 

His other film credits include Ariel Vroman’s drama “The Iceman” opposite Michael Shannon; Mark Mylod’s comedy “What’s Your Number?” opposite Anna Faris; Edgar Wright’s action comedy, “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” opposite Michael Cera; Sylvain White’s “The Losers,” with Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Zoe Saldana; “Push” opposite Dakota Fanning; “Street Kings” with Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker; “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” opposite Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis and Ioan Gruffudd; and Danny Boyle’s critically acclaimed “Sunshine.”

Additional credits include “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond,” “Cellular,” “The Perfect Score,” “Fierce People,” “Puncture” and the romantic drama “London.” Evans’ first cinematic role was in the 2001 hit comedic spoof, “Not Another Teen Movie.”

Raised in Massachusetts, Evans began his acting career in theater before moving to New York where he studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute. Evans is currently the face of the Gucci fragrance Guilty. Philanthropies he regularly lends his time to include Boston Children’s Hospital, Make-A-Wish and Concord Youth Theatre.

Robert Downey Jr.

Tony Stark/Iron Man

ROBERT DOWNEY JR. (Tony Stark/Iron Man) is a two-time Academy Award® nominee who earned his most recent Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Ben Stiller’s comedy hit “Tropic Thunder.”  His performance as Kirk Lazarus, a white Australian actor playing a black American character, also brought him Golden Globe®, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild® (SAG) Award nominations. Downey was honored with his first Oscar nomination in the category of Best Actor for his portrayal of Charlie Chaplin in Richard Attenborough’s acclaimed biopic “Chaplin,” for which he also won BAFTA and London Film Critics Awards and received a Golden Globe Award nomination.

In early 2010, Downey won a Golden Globe Award® for his performance in the title role of the 2009 hit “Sherlock Holmes,” under the direction of Guy Ritchie. In December 2011, Downey teamed up with Ritchie and co-star Jude Law to return to the role of the legendary detective in the sequel “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.”

In summer 2008, Downey received praise from critics and audiences for his performance in the title role of the blockbuster hit “Iron Man,” under the direction of Jon Favreau. Bringing the Marvel Comics Super Hero to the big screen, “Iron Man” earned more than $585 million worldwide, making it one of the year’s biggest hits. Downey reprised his role in the successful sequel, which was released in May 2010. He returned to the role in Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers,” released in May 2012, which was the highest grossing film during its theatrical run and remains the 5th highest grossing film of all time grossing over $1.5 billion at the worldwide box office. Downey also appeared in the third installment of the franchise “Iron Man 3,” directed by Shane Black, which was the 3rd highest grossing film that year, and he was most recently seen in the 2015 summer blockbuster “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

In addition to his prolific work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Downey was also seen in the culinary inspired film “Chef,” directed by Jon Favreau, which won the Audience Award at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. That year, Downey also starred in and executive produced “The Judge,” featuring Robert Duvall and Billy Bob Thornton under the Team Downey banner, the production company that Downey created with his wife Susan.

Downey’s other recent films include “Due Date,” alongside Zach Galifianakis for director Todd Phillips; “The Soloist,” opposite Jamie Foxx for director Joe Wright; “Zodiac,” alongside Jake Gyllenhaal for director David Fincher; “A Scanner Darkly,” with Keanu Reeves for director Richard Linklater; “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus” opposite Nicole Kidman for director Steven Shainberg; and “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” alongside Val Kilmer for director Shane Black.  He also shared a SAG Award® nomination as a member of the ensemble cast of George Clooney’s true-life drama “Good Night, and Good Luck.,” and a Special Jury Prize won by the ensemble cast of “A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints,” presented at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

Downey’s long list of film credits also includes: “Gothika”; “The Singing Detective”; “Wonder Boys”; “U.S. Marshals”; “One Night Stand”; “Home for the Holidays”; “Richard III”; “Natural Born Killers”; “The Gingerbread Man”; “Short Cuts”; “Heart and Souls”; “Soapdish”; “Air America”; “Chances Are”; “True Believer”; “Less Than Zero”; “Weird Science”; “Firstborn”; and “Pound,” in which he made his debut under the direction of Robert Downey Sr.

On the small screen, Downey made his primetime debut in 2001 when he joined the cast of the series “Ally McBeal.” For his work on the show, he won a Golden Globe Award® for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television and a Screen Actors Guild Award® for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. In addition, Downey was nominated for an Emmy Award® for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Scarlett Johansson

Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow

Tony® and BAFTA winner and four-time Golden Globe® nominee, SCARLETT JOHANSSON (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow) has proven to be one of Hollywood’s most talented young actresses. Most recently, she featured in the latest Coen Brothers film “Hail, Caesar!” which opened on February 5, 2016. In 2015, she reprised her role of Black Widow for Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and in 2014 she played the title role in Luc Besson’s globally successful action-thriller “Lucy” and also starred opposite Chris Evans in Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” In 2013 she starred in Jonathan Glazer’s sci-fi art film “Under the Skin,” and lent her voice to Spike Jonze’s critically acclaimed sci-fi romance “Her,” playing the role of operating system Samantha, which earned her a Best Actress award at the Rome Film Festival. Johansson has recently completed work as the voice of python ‘Kaa’ in Disney’s upcoming live action/CGI animation adaptation of “The Jungle Book” from Jon Favreau, in theaters April 15, 2016.

Johansson received rave reviews and the Upstream Prize for Best Actress in the Controcorrente section at the Venice Film Festival for her starring role opposite Bill Murray in “Lost in Translation,” the critically-acclaimed second film by director Sofia Coppola.  She also won a Tony® for her Broadway debut in the Arthur Miller play “A View from a Bridge” opposite Liev Schreiber. She wrapped her second run on Broadway as Maggie in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” in 2013.

At the age of 12, Johansson attained worldwide recognition for her performance as Grace Maclean, the teen traumatized by a riding accident in Robert Redford’s “The Horse Whisperer.” She went on to star in Terry Zwigoff’s “Ghost World,” garnering a Best Supporting Actress award from the Toronto Film Critics Circle. Johansson was also featured in the Coen Brothers’ dark drama “The Man Who Wasn’t There,” opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Frances McDormand.

Her other film credits include: Jon Favreau’s “Chef”; Marvel’s “The Avengers”; “Don Jon” opposite Joseph Gordon Levitt; “Hitchcock” opposite Anthony Hopkins; “We Bought A Zoo” for Cameron Crowe; Marvel’s “Iron Man 2”; the Weitz brothers’ film “In Good Company”; as well as opposite John Travolta in “A Love Song for Bobby Long,” which garnered her a Golden Globe® nomination (her third in two years.) and Woody Allen’s “Match Point,” which garnered her 4th consecutive Golden Globe nominee in three years. Other film credits include “He’s Just Not That Into You,” “Vicky Cristina Barcelona,” “The Other Boleyn Girl,” “The Spirit, “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” opposite Colin Firth; “The Island” opposite Ewan McGregor; Brian DePalma’s “The Black Dahlia,” Christopher Nolan’s “The Prestige,” and “The Nanny Diaries.”

Additional credits include Rob Reiner’s comedy “North,” the thriller “Just Cause” with Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne, and a breakthrough role at the age of 10 in the critically-praised “Manny & Lo,” which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead.

A New York native, Johansson made her professional acting debut at the age of 8 in the off-Broadway production of “Sophistry,” with Ethan Hawke, at New York’s Playwright’s Horizons.

Sebastian Stan

Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier

SEBASTIAN STAN (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier) most recently starred in Ridley Scott’s Academy Award®-nominated “The Martian,” which generated over $624 million worldwide. He will next be seen in Sony Pictures Classics’ dark comedy “The Bronze,” directed by Bryan Buckley and alongside Melissa Rauch.

Stan is best known for his role as Bucky Barnes in Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: The First Avenger.” Stan’s other film credits include Jonathan Demme’s “Ricki and the Flash” alongside Meryl Streep; “Gone” with Amanda Seyfried; Darren Aranofsky’s “Black Swan” with Natalie Portman; “Rachel Getting Married” with Anne Hathaway; “Spread” with Ashton Kutcher; “Hot Tub Time Machine”; director Fred Durst’s “The Education of Charlie Banks”; “The Architect” with Anthony LaPaglia; and Isabella Rossellini’s “The Covenant.”

Stan’s television credits include “Gossip Girl,” “Once Upon a Time,” and Greg Berlanti’s critically acclaimed miniseries “Political Animals,” for which he was nominated for a TCA Award for his performance as T.J. Hammond.

In 2007, Stan made his Broadway debut opposite Liev Schreiber in Eric Bogosian’s Tony®-nominated revival “Talk Radio.” He also starred alongside Maggie Grace and Ellen Burstyn in the 2013 revival of William Inge's “Picnic.”

Stan currently resides in New York.

Anthony Mackie

Sam Wilson/Falcon

ANTHONY MACKIE (Sam Wilson/Falcon), who was classically trained at the Juilliard School of Drama, is a great and talented young actor who is able to capture a plethora of characters.

Mackie was discovered after receiving rave reviews while playing Tupac Shakur in the Off- Broadway “Up Against the Wind.” Immediately following, Mackie made an auspicious film debut as Eminem’s nemesis, Papa Doc, in Curtis Hanson’s “8 Mile.”  His performance caught the attention of Spike Lee, who subsequently cast Mackie in the 2004 Toronto Film Festival Masters Program selection “Sucker Free City” and “She Hate Me.”  He also appeared in Clint Eastwood’s Academy Award®-winning “Million Dollar Baby,” opposite Hilary Swank, Morgan Freeman and Eastwood, as well as in Jonathan Demme’s “The Manchurian Candidate,” alongside Denzel Washington and Liev Schreiber, and the comedy “The Man,” starring Samuel L. Jackson. 

Mackie earned IFP Spirit and Gotham Award nominations for his performance in Rodney Evans’ “Brother to Brother,” which won the 2004 Special Dramatic Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and Best First Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards. In 2005, he appeared opposite David Strathairn, Timothy Hutton and Leelee Sobieski in “Heavens Fall,” based on the historic Scottsboro Boys’ trials, an independent feature that premiered at the 2006 SXSW Film Festival in Austin.   

Mackie also had five features on movie screens in 2006.  In addition to “We Are Marshall,” he starred in “Half Nelson,” with Ryan Gosling, adapted from director Ryan Fleck’s Sundance-winning short “Gowanus Brooklyn”; in Preston Whitmore’s “Crossover”; in Frank E. Flowers ensemble crime drama “Haven,” opposite Orlando Bloom and Bill Paxton; and in the film adaptation of Richard Price’s “Freedomland,” starring Samuel L. Jackson.  

Intertwined throughout his film career, Mackie was seen in several theatrical performances both on and off Broadway. Mackie made his Broadway debut as the stuttering nephew, Sylvester, alongside Whoopi Goldberg in August Wilson’s “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Next he was seen as the lead in Regina King’s modern retelling of Chekov’s “The Seagull,” starred in Stephen Belber’s “McReele” for the Roundabout Theatre Company, and starred in the Pulitzer Prize winning play “Soldier’s Play” as  a character made famous by Denzel Washington 20 years prior. Most recently, Mackie was part of the production of August Wilson’s 20th Century at the esteemed Kennedy Center where they performed stage readings of all 10 plays in August Wilson’s cycle. Mackie participated in 3 of the 10 shows and hopes to return to the stage soon.

In 2009 Mackie was seen as Sgt. JT Sanborn in Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker,” a film that not only earned Mackie an Independent Spirit Award nomination but also earned Academy Awards® for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Writing and three other nods. 2009 also saw Mackie re-visit the role of Tupac Shakur in Fox Searchlight’s Notorious BIG biopic “Notorious” and he also starred as Major William Bowman in the DreamWorks film “Eagle Eye.”

In 2010 Mackie returned to Broadway starring in Martin McDonough’s latest creation “A Behanding in Spokane.” He also reunited with Kerry Washington in the drama “Night Catches Us,” which was released by Magnolia Pictures on December 3, 2010. In 2011 Mackie was seen in Universal Pictures “The Adjustment Bureau,” which also featured Matt Damon and Emily Blunt, as well as the Disney/DreamWorks feature “Real Steel,” which also starred Hugh Jackman.  

Mackie is also featured in “Man on a Ledge” with Sam Worthington and Elizabeth Banks which was released on January 27, 2012; the Timur Bekmanbetov directed “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” which was released on June 20, 2012; and the feature “Ten Year” in which he co-starred with Channing Tatum, Kate Mara, Rosario Dawson, and Justin Long. Mackie is featured in crime drama “Gangster Squad,” which also stars Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling and which was released by Warner Brothers on January 11, 2013. Mackie also appeared in the Michael Bay directed “Pain & Gain,” starring alongside Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The film was released by Paramount on April 26, 2013 and opened up as the #1 film earning over 20 million in its first weekend. In 2014 Mackie starred in “Black or White” opposite Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer, as well as “Playing it Cool” with Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan.

Mackie is a member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe family. He made his Marvel debut as Sam Wilson/The Falcon in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The film, released on April 4, 2014, opened #1, earning over 96 million dollars, breaking the record for an April release. Mackie starred alongside Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan in the second installment of the franchise. Mackie’s Falcon made an appearance in the recently released “Avengers: Age of Ultron” as well as “Ant-Man.” 

He was recently seen on the big screen in “Our Brand Is Crisis” opposite Sandra Bullock and “Shelter,” with Jennifer Connelly, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and released nationwide on November 13, 2015. Additionally, he starred in the Holiday film “Love the Coopers” with an ensemble cast, including Marisa Tomei, Diane Keaton and Amanda Seyfried.  He also starred opposite Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon Levitt in Seth Rogen’s “The Night Before,” released on November 20, 2015.  Currently, he stars in “Triple 9” opposite Woody Harrelson and Kate Winslet, which was released on February 26, 2016.

Mackie recently wrapped production on the HBO, Jay Roach directed, adaptation of the Tony Award®- winning- play “All the Way.” He plays the role of Martin Luther King Jr. opposite Bryan Cranston’s Lyndon B. Johnson. “All the Way” will premiere on HBO in May of 2016.

Don Cheadle

Lieutenant James Rhodes/War Machine

Academy Award® nominee DON CHEADLE (Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes/War Machine) currently stars as Marty Kaan on the critically acclaimed Showtime series “House of Lies.” The series has earned multiple nominations for the series and Cheadle, including four Emmy® Nominations, a Golden Globe® Award, two additional Golden Globe nominations and a SAG Award® nomination. In addition to starring, Cheadle also is executive producer of the series and has stepped behind the camera as director.

Recently Cheadle directed his first feature film, “Miles Ahead,” which he also co-wrote and produced. Cheadle also stars in the film, based on the life of legendary jazz artist, Miles Davis, along with Ewan McGregor. The film, which closed the New York Film Festival in October 2015, will be released this spring.

Cheadle was most recently seen on the big screen in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron, which released in May 2015. Cheadle reprised his role of Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes from “Iron Man 2” and “Iron Man 3.”

Cheadle is well known for his passionate performances on stage and screen, stemming from his breakout performance opposite Denzel Washington in with “Devil in a Blue Dress,” where he was named Best Supporting Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics.

In 2014 Cheadle produced the feature “St. Vincent,” which starred Bill Murray and Naomi Watts and for which Murray received a Golden Globe® Award nomination. In 2012 Cheadle garnered critical acclaim for his role in Robert Zemeckis’ “Flight,” which premiered at the New York Film Festival and was released by Paramount Pictures.  In 2011, Cheadle produced and starred in “The Guard,” which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was released by Sony Pictures Classics, and in 2008, he starred opposite Guy Pearce in Overture Films’ “Traitor,” an international thriller which he also produced. Cheadle was honored by both the CineVegas Film Festival and the Los Angeles Film Festival and in 2007, receiving the ShoWest Male Star of the Year Award.

Additional film credits include “Talk To Me;” the 2006 Oscar® winning Best Picture, “Crash,” which Cheadle also produced; “Hotel Rwanda,” for which his performance garnered Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, Broadcast Film Critics Award and Screen Actors Guild® Award nominations for Best Actor; “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Ocean’s Twelve” and “Ocean’s Thirteen,” directed by Steven Soderbergh; Mike Binder’s “Reign Over Me” with Adam Sandler; the Academy Award® winning film “Traffic” and “Out of Sight,” both also directed by Soderbergh; Paul Thomas Anderson’s critically acclaimed “Boogie Nights;” “Bulworth,” “Swordfish,” “Mission To Mars,” John Singleton’s “Rosewood,” for which Cheadle earned an NAACP Image Award nomination; “Family Man,” directed by Brett Ratner and starring Nicolas Cage; “Colors,” “Hamburger Hill,” and the independent features “Manic” and “Things Behind the Sun.”

For his work on television, Cheadle received a Golden Globe® Award and an Emmy® nomination for his remarkable portrayal of Sammy Davis Jr. in HBO’s “The Rat Pack” in 1999. That same year, he received an Emmy® nomination for his starring role in HBO’s adaptation of the critically-acclaimed, best-selling novel “A Lesson Before Dying” by Ernest J. Gaines. He also starred for HBO in “Rebound: The Legend of Earl ‘The Goat’ Manigault,” directed by Eriq La Salle. Cheadle is also well-known for his two-year stint in the role of “District Attorney John Littleton” on David E. Kelley’s critically-acclaimed series “Picket Fences,” and an Emmy® nominated, guest-starring role on ER and a series regular role on “The Golden Palace.”

Cheadle also participated in Showtime’s multi-part television event “Years of Living Dangerously,” which tells the story of our time: climate change and the impact it is having on people right now in the US and all over the world. The series reports on the crippling effects of climate change-related weather events and the ways individuals, communities, companies and governments are struggling to find solutions to the biggest threat our world has ever faced. News correspondents Thomas Friedman, Chris Hayes and Lesley Stahl report from across the globe and Cheadle, Harrison Ford and Matt Damon, among others, share the stories of people and places impacted by a warming planet.

An accomplished stage actor, Cheadle originated the role of “Booth” in Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize winning play “Top Dog Underdog” at New York’s Public Theatre under the direction of George C. Wolfe. His other stage credits include “Leon, Lena and Lenz” at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis; “The Grapes Of Wrath” and “Liquid Skin” at the Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis; “Cymbeline” at The New York Shakespeare Festival; “‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore” at Chicago’s Goodman Theater; and Athol Fugard’s “Blood Knot” at The Complex Theater in Hollywood. He also directed “Cincinnati Man” at the Attic Theatre and “The Trip” at Friends and Artists Theater in Hollywood.

In addition to his many acting honors, Cheadle was nominated for a Grammy® Award in 2004 for Best Spoken Word Album for his narration/dramatization of the Walter Mosley novel “Fear Itself.”

Cheadle’s philanthropic work includes serving as a U.N. Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme. He also produced the documentary film, “Darfur Now,” an examination of the genocide in Sudan’s western region of Darfur and, in 2007, he and George Clooney were recognized for their work for Darfur. The pair shared a Peace Summit Award at the 8th Annual World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates in Rome.

Jeremy Renner

Clint Barton/Hawkeye

Two-time Academy Award® nominee JEREMY RENNER (Clint Barton/Hawkeye) most recently starred in the worldwide blockbuster films, “Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation,” opposite Tom Cruise and Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” 

In 2012, Renner top-lined the Tony Gilroy–directed film “The Bourne Legacy” for Universal Pictures and played Hawkeye in Marvel’s “The Avengers.” In 2011 he also starred in “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.”

In 2010, he starred in the Best Picture winner “The Hurt Locker,” which was directed by Kathryn Bigelow. The film received six Academy Awards® and Renner received his first Oscar® nomination for Best Actor. In his role as the self-assured Sergeant First Class William James, Renner was awarded the Breakthrough Award at the Hollywood Film Festival, the Spotlight Award at the Savannah Film Festival and was nominated as Best Actor at the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards. He also garnered a nomination for Breakthrough Actor at the Gotham Awards, in addition to his award for Best Ensemble Performance.

His second Academy Award® nomination came the following year as Best Supporting Actor for his role in the Warner Bros. Ben Affleck-directed film, “The Town.” The film is an adaptation of the Chuck Hogan novel “Prince of Thieves.”

Previously Renner starred and produced the independent films “Kill the Messenger,” and “The Throwaways,” as well as starring as Mayor Carmine Polito in David O. Russell’s Oscar®- nominated film “American Hustle” and Hansel in “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters.”

In 2007, Renner was seen in three different features, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” for Warner Bros., directed by Andrew Dominik; “28 Weeks Later,” the highly anticipated sequel to “28 Days Later”; and “Take” opposite Minnie Driver. In 2006, he starred in the acclaimed independent film “12 and Holding” (Independent Spirit Award Nominee – John Cassavetes Award).

Additional film credits include the acclaimed independent film “Neo Ned,” in which he starred opposite Gabrielle Union; Warner Bros.’ “North Country” opposite Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron; “A Little Trip to Heaven”; “The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things,” directed by Asia Argento as adapted from the critically acclaimed novel by J.T. Le Roy; Columbia Pictures’ “Lords of Dogtown” for Catherine Hardwicke; and Aura Entertainment’s independent film “Love Comes to the Executioner,” written and directed by Kyle Bergersen.

In the spring of 2011, Renner and his partner, writer/director Don Handfield, formed The Combine, a production company that creates, develops and produces character-driven content for mainstream audiences.

Chadwick Boseman

T’Challa/Black Panther

A native of South Carolina, CHADWICK BOSEMAN (T’Challa /Black Panther) graduated from Howard University and attended the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford, after which he began his career as an actor, playwright and director.

Most recently, Boseman can be seen in Summit Entertainment’s period epic “Gods of Egypt,” from director Alex Proyas. The action-adventure, in which he portrays Thoth, the god of wisdom, released in February. Boseman also recently wrapped production on Entertainment One and Ink Factory’s revenge thriller “Message from the King.”

Boseman made his feature film debut in Gary Fleders’ drama “The Express,” playing football great Floyd Little. His breakout performance came in 2013 when he received rave reviews for his portrayal of the legendary Jackie Robinson in Warner Bros’ “42.” The film, which had the highest-grossing debut for a baseball movie in Hollywood history, tells the story of Robinson’s history-making signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers under the guidance of team executive Branch Rickey, played by Harrison Ford. His other feature film credits include the independent psychological post-war drama “The Kill Hole” and Summit Entertainment’s “Draft Day” opposite Kevin Costner.

In 2014 Boseman once again garnered critical praise for his portrayal of James Brown in Universal Pictures’ “Get On Up.” The biopic, directed by Tate Taylor (“The Help”), chronicles Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history. The film also stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Dan Akroyd. Boseman received the 2014 CinemaCon Male Star of Tomorrow Award and was named one of the Top 10 Best Movie Performances of 2014 by Time Magazine for his portrayal of Brown. He also received a Virtuous Award from the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

For the screen Boseman wrote, directed and executive produced the short film “Blood Over a Broken Pawn.” Boseman and his writing partner Logan Coles recently sold an untitled thriller pitch to Universal Pictures. He is attached to star in the story described as being in the vein of “The Fugitive.”

As a playwright, Boseman wrote “Deep Azure,” which was nominated for a Jeff Award for Best New Play and is published in the Hip Hop Theatre Anthology “Say Word!”; “Hieroglyphic Graffiti,” which was produced at the National Black Theatre Festival and the Hip Hop Theatre Festival; and co-wrote “Rhyme Deferred,” which appears in the Hip Hop Theatre Anthology “The Fire This Time.”

Boseman’s theatre directing credits include: “Dutchman,” “Wine in the “Wilderness,” Indian Summer,” “Spear in the Sun,” “Colored Museum” and “Six Hits.” His theatre acting credits include “Romeo and Juliet,” “Macbeth,” “Breathe,” “Learning Curve,” “Willie’s Cut,” “Shine,” “Rhyme Deferred,” “Bootleg Blues,” “Zooman and the Sign” and “Urban Transitions,” for which he won an AUDELECO Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Paul Bettany


PAUL BETTANY (The Vision) is a British-born actor who was classically trained at the Drama Centre in London. He made his West End stage debut under the direction of Stephen Daldry in “An Inspector Calls.” Bettany then spent a season at the Royal Shakespeare Company performing in productions of “Richard III,” “Romeo & Juliet” and “Julius Caesar” before landing his first feature film role in “Bent” opposite Sir Ian McKellen.

Bettany returned to the stage to appear in Joe Penhall’s “Love and Understanding” at London’s Bush Theatre. He later reprised the role at the Longwharf Theatre in Connecticut. The play led to a host of British television drama roles including Lynda La Plante’s “Killer Net” and “Coming Home,” starring Peter O’Toole. London’s Royal Court Theatre productions of “One More Wasted Year” and “Stranger’s House” were followed by Bettany’s second feature film role in David Leland’s “Land Girls” opposite Rachel Weisz.

Bettany was nominated for a British Independent Film Award and a Critic’s Circle Award in the Best Newcomer category by the London film critics for his performance in IFC’s Paul McGuigan film “Gangster No. 1” opposite Malcolm McDowell, David Thewlis and Saffron Burrows.

U.S. audiences first discovered Bettany in the comic role of Chaucer opposite Heath Ledger in Brian Helgeland’s “A Knight’s Tale.” For this role he received a Best Supporting Actor accolade from the Critics’ Circle in London and was named one of Daily Variety’s Ten to Watch in 2001. Next he re-teamed with Paul McGuigan for “The Reckoning,” a mystery thriller from Paramount Classics, which he starred in opposite Tom Hardy, Vincent Cassell and Brian Cox.

He then went on to star as the imaginary roommate opposite Russell Crowe, Ed Harris and Jennifer Connelly in Ron Howard’s Academy Award®-winning “A Beautiful Mind.” For his performance he received Best British Actor at the London Critics’ Circle Awards. This was followed by Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s tense independent thriller “The Heart of Me” opposite Olivia Williams and Helena Bonham-Carter. Keen to test himself further, he took on Lars Von Trier’s dramatic thriller “Dogville” opposite Nicole Kidman and Stellan Skarsgård.

Reuniting with Russell Crowe, Bettany starred in Peter Weir’s “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” for Fox and his performance won him an Evening Standard Award in the Best British Actor category and a London Critics’ Circle accolade for both “Master and Commander” and “The Heart of Me.” He also received Best Actor at the Elle Style Awards for “Master and Commander” and “Dogville.” In addition, Bettany received nominations in Best Supporting Actor categories at both the BAFTAs and the Broadcast Film Critics Association for “Master and Commander.”

Working Title/Universal’s “Wimbledon followed” for director Richard Loncraine with Bettany starring opposite Kirsten Dunst, Jon Favreau and James McAvoy. He then took on the role of Silas for director Ron Howard in Sony’s acclaimed box office smash, “The Da Vinci Code” based on Dan Brown’s international best-seller. The prestigious cast included Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Sir Ian McKellen and Alfred Molina.

The fantasy adventure trilogy based on the children’s books “Inkheart” then followed for New Line Cinema/Warner Bros. opposite Brendan Fraser, Helen Mirren and Andy Serkis for director Iain Softley.

“The Secret Life of Bees” for Fox Searchlight marked a radically different role for Bettany. Based on the best-selling book of the same name, he starred opposite Dakota Fanning. He then lent his voice as “Jarvis” for Jon Favreau’s hugely successful “Iron Man” and went on to reprise this role for “Iron Man 2,” “Iron Man 3” and “The Avengers.”

2009 saw Bettany star in Martin Scorsese’s period drama “The Young Victoria” opposite Emily Blunt and Jim Broadbent for Oscar®-winning producer Graham King. He then took on the role of scientist Charles Darwin in “Creation” opposite his wife Jennifer Connelly. 2010 saw Bettany as Archangel Michael in “Legion” opposite Dennis Quaid for director Scott Stewart; a further collaboration with Stewart followed with “Priest” opposite Maggie Q and Lily Collins.

Academy-Award® winning director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s “The Tourist” followed for Bettany opposite Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie for Sony Pictures. In 2011 Bettany starred in the independent feature “Margin Call” with Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci, Jeremy Irons and Zachary Quinto, which was Oscar®-nominated in the Best Original Screenplay category. Bettany’s next project was “Blood,” starring Mark Strong, Stephen Graham and Brian Cox, directed by Nick Murphy.

In 2014 Bettany was seen in Wally Pfister’s “Transcendence,” produced by Christopher Nolan and starring Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman. He also wrote, directed and produced, “Shelter,” which starred Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie.

In 2015, Bettany starred in the summer blockbuster “Avengers: Age of Ultron” for Marvel Studios.

Bettany currently resides in New York with his wife and three children.

Elizabeth Olsen

Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch

ELIZABETH OLSEN (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch) is a graduate from New York University’s prestigious Tisch School of the Arts. In 2015, Olsen was honored at the 41st Annual Deauville Film Festival with the Hollywood Rising Star Award.

Recently, it was announced that Olsen will begin production on the drama “Wind River,” opposite Jeremy Renner. The film is written and directed by Taylor Sheridan. Next, Olsen will be seen in the Hank Williams biopic titled “I Saw the Light.” She will play the role of Audrey Mae Williams, opposite Tom Hiddleston. The Sony Pictures Classics film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2015, and is scheduled to be released in theaters on March 25, 2016.

In May 2015, Olsen first made her appearance as the Scarlet Witch in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” alongside Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, James Spader and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. In 2014, Olsen appeared in the Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures reboot of “Godzilla, opposite Aaron-Taylor Johnson and Bryan Cranston.

In 2013, Olsen starred in the Spike Lee-directed film, “OldBoy,” opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Brolin. Additionally, Olsen appeared in the film “In Secret,” opposite Jessica Lange and Oscar Issacs. That same year, Olsen helped kick off the Classic Stage Company’s fall 2013-2014 season as the lead role, Juliet, in the Off Broadway play, “Romeo and Juliet.”

Olsen also starred in “Very Good Girls,” opposite Dakota Fanning, which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. 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 DeNiro, Cillian Murphy and Sigourney Weaver. In spring of 2012 Olsen starred in the independent film “Silent House” from Open Road Films.

In 2011 Olsen received a Gotham Award, Critics Choice, and Independent Spirit Award nomination for Lead Actress for her performance in Fox Searchlight’s “Martha Marcy May Marlene.” Olsen stars opposite Hugh Dancy, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson and Brady Corbet. “Martha Marcy May Marlene” was also selected in the Un Certain Regard as part of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. She has been nominated for her performance from the following critic associations:  St. Louis, Las Vegas, Houston, FIND Spirit, San Diego, IPA and Detroit. She won Best Actress from the Indiana Critics Association.

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.

Paul Rudd

Scott Lang/Ant-Man

PAUL RUDD (Scott Lang/Ant-Man) was last seen as the title character in Marvel’s highly anticipated “Ant-Man,” directed by Peyton Reed. The film also starred Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly and opened number 1 at the box office. Rudd was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actor in an Action Movie and a MTV Movie Award for Best Hero on behalf of his performance in “Ant-Man.” The blockbuster film grossed over $500 million worldwide and Marvel will release its sequel, “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” in 2018. Rudd co-wrote “Ant-Man” with Adam McKay, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish and is currently writing the sequel.

Rudd stars opposite Selena Gomez and Craig Roberts in “The Fundamentals of Caring,” written and directed by Rob Burnett. The film centers around Rudd’s character, Ben, who is suffering an incredible amount of loss and decides to enroll in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life. The film premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Netflix this fall.

Rudd will next begin production on Andrew Fleming’s dramedy “An Ideal Home” opposite Steve Coogan, which is about a troubled married couple with an extravagant lifestyle. He will also star in Duncan Jones’ “Mute,” which will go into production later this year.

Rudd starred opposite Will Ferrell, Steve Carell and David Koechner in Adam McKay’s “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” reprising their roles from “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy” for Paramount. “Anchorman 2” grossed over $170 million worldwide and received a People’s Choice Award nomination for Favorite Year End Movie, as well as two MTV Movie Award nominations. 

Rudd is also well known for his roles in Judd Apatow’s “This Is 40” and “Knocked Up.” “Knocked Up” grossed over $300 million worldwide, received a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie Comedy, a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for Best Comedy Movie and was named one of AFI’s Top Ten Films of the Year. Additionally, “This Is 40” was nominated for a 2013 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Comedy Movie “and Rudd was nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy.

Rudd’s other film credits include: “Role Models” (co-writer), “Wanderlust” (producer), “Our Idiot Brother,” “I Love You, Man,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” “The 40-Year Old Virgin,” “Clueless,” William Shakespeare’s “Romeo + Juliet,” “Wet Hot American Summer,” “Cider House Rules,” “The Object of My Affection,” “They Came Together,” “Prince Avalanche,” “Admission,” “Dinner for Schmucks,” “How Do You Know,” “Monsters Vs. Aliens,” “The Ten” (producer), “Night at the Museum,” “Diggers” and “The Chateau,” among others.

Rudd returned to the Broadway stage in Craig Wright’s “Grace,” starring opposite Michael Shannon, Kate Arrington and Edward Asner at the Cort Theatre. “Grace” was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Play and Rudd was nominated for a Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance Award. His other stage credits include starring opposite Julia Roberts and Bradley Cooper in Richard Greenberg’s Broadway production of “Three Days of Rain,” Neil Labute’s “Bash” in New York and Los Angeles as well as Labute’s “The Shape of Things” in London and New York. Rudd made his West End debut in the London production of Robin Phillips’ “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” opposite Jessica Lange. Other Broadway credits include Nicholas Hynter’s “Twelfth Night” at Lincoln Center Theater with a special performance which aired on PBS’ “Great Performances” and in Alfred Uhry’s Tony Award®- winning play, “The Last Night of Ballyhoo.”

On television, Rudd was the co-writer and co-creator of the critically acclaimed series “Party Down” on Starz. He also garnered wide recognition with a recurring role as Mike Hannigan on the TV sitcom “Friends.” Rudd was recently seen reprising his role as Andy in David Wain’s “Wet Hot American Summer,” along with the original cast for an 8-episode limited television series based on the cult film on Netflix.

Emily Vancamp

Sharon Carter

EMILY VANCAMP (Agent Sharon Carter) was born and raised in Port Perry, Ontario, Canada and has been performing in the arts since she was only three years old. At the age of 12, she attended the prestigious L’Ecole Superieure de Danse de Quebec, the official training program of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens.

VanCamp recently wrapped production in her first bilingual role starring as Emily Price in the French language film entitled “Borders,” where she will play an international mediator.

Most recently, VanCamp was seen in the indie film “The Girl in the Book.” Directed and written by Marya Cohn, the film premiered at last summer’s Los Angeles Film Festival. She recently wrapped her fourth and final season of the ABC hit series “Revenge.”

VanCamp first won over audiences on the WB’s critically acclaimed drama “Everwood,” opposite Treat Williams and Gregory Smith, where she garnered Teen Choice Award nominations for Best TV Actress three years in a row. Previously she starred on ABC’s acclaimed hit drama series “Brothers & Sisters” for four seasons opposite Sally Field, Rachel Griffiths, Rob Lowe and Calista Flockhart, playing Rebecca Harper. In addition, she starred as the female lead in the ABC miniseries “Ben-Hur,” which aired in many countries around the world including Canada, Britain and the U.S.

Film credits include “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”; the drama “Norman,” opposite Richard Jenkins and Dan Byrd; “Carriers,” alongside Chris Pine, Piper Perabo and Christopher Meloni; the “The Ring 2,” co-starring with Naomi Watts and Simon Baker; the Sundance Film Festival hit “Lost and Delirious”; “A Different Loyalty,” with Sharon Stone; and “Black Irish,” with Melissa Leo, Michael Angarano and Brendan Gleeson.

Other television credits include the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie “Beyond the Blackboard,” as well as the WB series “Glory Days,” created by Kevin Williamson, which was her first series regular role.

VanCamp currently resides in Los Angeles. 

Marisa Tomei

May Parker

MARISA TOMEI (May Parker) won an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mona Lisa Vito in “My Cousin Vinny” and subsequently earned Academy Award nominations for her performances in “In the Bedroom” and “The Wrestler.”

This summer, Tomei will star as the widow Serfina in director Trip Cullman’s staging of “Rose Tattoo” at the Williamstown Theater Festival in Massachusetts. The 2016 season will run from June 28, 2016 – August 21, 2016.

Tomei recently completed production on the independent drama, “Behold My Heart,” alongside Timothy Olyphant, Charlie Plummer and Mireille Enos. Last fall, she appeared as a recurring character in season 2 of FOX’s critically acclaimed drama series “Empire.” Tomei earned a Critics Choice nomination in the category of Best Guest Actor/Actress in a Drama Series for her performance.

At the end of last year, Tomei appeared in the CBS Films-produced comedy “Love the Coopers,” alongside Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Olivia Wilde and Amanda Seyfried. The film was released in theaters on November 13, 2015. She also appeared in Paramount Pictures’ “The Big Short,” alongside Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and Christian Bale. The film was released on December 23, 2015 and has since garnered multiple award nominations and accolades including a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, a Screen Actors Guild® nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Film, AFI Top 10 Films of 2015, National Board of Review Award for Best Ensemble, as well as Critics Choice nominations for Best Picture, Best Acting Ensemble and Best Comedy.

This past year, Tomei appeared in Judd Apatow’s film, “Trainwreck,” alongside Amy Schumer, Tilda Swinton, Bill Hader and Daniel Radcliffe. The film was released on July 17, 2015. She was also seen in Marc Lawrence’s romantic comedy, “The Rewrite,” opposite Hugh Grant. The film was released in limited theaters in New York on February 13, 2015. Additionally, Tomei starred in the independent drama, “Loitering with Intent,” opposite Michael Godere, Ivan Martin, Sam Rockwell and Brian Geraghty, among others. “Loitering with Intent” premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and was released in limited theaters on January 16, 2015.

In 2014, Tomei appeared in Ira Sach’s independent film, “Love is Strange,” which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and screened as part of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival lineup. “Love is Strange” was nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards including Best Feature and Best Screenplay. The film was also nominated for a Gotham Award for Best Film, a Satellite Award for Best Motion Picture and Best Original Screenplay, a Dorian Award for LGBTQ Film of the Year and Unsung Film of the Year, and Sebastiane Award for Best Film during the San Sebastian International Film Festival. “Love is Strange” won the WFCC Award for Best Male Images in a Movie at the 2014 Women Film Critics Circle Awards.

On the silver screen, Tomei has tackled a diverse range of roles including Kate Taffety in Warner Bros.’ “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” alongside Steve Carell and Julianne Moore; Ida Horowicz in Columbia Pictures’ “Ides of March” with George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ryan Gosling; Maggie McPherson, opposite Matthew McConaughey, in Lionsgate’s “The Lincoln Lawyer”; and Alice Simmons in 20th Century Fox’s “Parental Guidance” with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler. Other notable film credits include “Cyrus,” Sidney Lumet’s “Before the Devil Knows You're Dead,” “What Women Want,” “Happy Accidents,” “Anger Management,” “Slums of Beverly Hills,” “Welcome to Sarajevo,” “Unhook the Stars,” “”Four Rooms,” “The Paper” and “Chaplin,” among many others.

A veteran of the theater, Tomei returned to the stage in 2014 as Pony Jones in the Broadway production of Will Eno’s “The Realistic Joneses” at the Lyceum Theatre. Directed by Sam Gold and also starring Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall and Tracy Letts, the play details the lives of two suburban couples who share more than just a surname. Tomei and the cast won the 2014 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance. She previously starred in the Broadway production of Caryl Churchill's now-classic feminist drama, “Top Girls,” earning a Drama Desk Award nomination for her work. Additionally, she also appeared onstage in the title role of Oscar Wilde's “Salome,” opposite Al Pacino at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. In 2011, Tomei joined Frank Whaley in the New Group’s revival of Wallace Shawn’s 1979 play, “Marie and Bruce” at the Acorn Theater. Her other theater credits include Will Eno’s “Oh! The Humanity and Other Good Intentions,” “Beirut,” “Design for Living,” Nobel Prize-winning playwright Dario Fo’s “We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!,” Clifford Odets’ “Waiting for Lefty” and “Rocket to the Moon,” both directed by Joanne Woodward, “Demonology,” “Dark Rapture,” “Slavs!,” “The Comedy of Errors,” “The Summer Winds,” “The Rose Tattoo,” “What the Butler Saw” and “Daughters.”

Tomei is a founding member of the Naked Angels Theater Company in New York City.

Tom Holland

Peter Parker/Spider Man

TOM HOLLAND (Spider-Man) is set to begin filming the next installment of the “Spider-Man” franchise in June.  He wrapped James Gray’s “Lost City of Z” opposite Charlie Hunnam and was recently seen starring opposite Chris Hemsworth in the Ron Howard film, “In the Heart of the Sea.”

Holland made his screen debut opposite Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts in Juan Antonio Bayona's “The Impossible,” for which he was awarded Breakthrough Actor of the Year by the National Board of Review.  His other credits include Kevin MacDonald’s film “How I Live Now”; opposite Tom Hardy in Steven Knight’s film “Locke”; the recently completed indie film “Backcountry” opposite Joel Kinnaman; as well as “Wolf Hall” alongside Mark Rylance. 

With respect to theater experience, Holland played Billy in “Billy Elliot” with the Victorian Palace Theatre.

Frank Grillo

Brock Rumlow/Crossbones

FRANK GRILLO (Brock Rumlow) reprises his role from the 2014 blockbuster hit “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Grillo most recently starred in the horror/thriller “The Purge: Anarchy” and two seasons of the critically-acclaimed drama series “Kingdom.”

Grillo recently wrapped production on the Blumhouse productions films “The Purge 3: Election Year,” Akiva Goldsman’s “Stephanie,” and “Beyond Skyline.”

Grillo’s additional big-screen credits include “The Grey” opposite Liam Neeson, David Ayer’s “End of Watch” opposite Jake Gyllenhaal, “Zero Dark Thirty” directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal, as well as the Ruben Fleischer feature, “The Gangster Squad,” opposite Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin.  

Other features include “Disconnect” opposite Jason Batemen and Alex Skarsgard, which premiered at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals; the HBO Films feature “Mary and Martha” opposite Hilary Swank and Brenda Blethyn; “Lay The Favorite” opposite Bruce Willis and Vince Vaughn; the Luc Besson-produced “Intersections”; “Warrior”; “Edge of Darkness”; and “Pride and Glory.”

Martin Freeman

Everett K. Ross

MARTIN FREEMAN (Everett Ross) can be seen on the big screen in Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” which released in March of this year. The big screen adaptation of Kim Barker’s 2011 memoir, “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afganistan and Pakistan,” also stars Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Christopher Abbot and Billy Bob Thornton.

Freeman also recently reprised his role of Dr. John Watson in “Sherlock – The Abominable Bride,” which aired on New Year’s Day on both BBC One in the UK and PBS in the US. Last December, Freeman led the cast in BBC One’s animation “Stick Man.” The children’s book adaptation also stars the voices of Hugh Bonneville, Rob Brydon and Sally Hawkins.

In 2015, Freeman was seen on television screens in BBC Two’s “The Eichmann Show,” starring as producer Milton Fruchtman. This true life feature follows the televising of Adolf Eichmann’s 1961 trial and was part of the BBC’s commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Directed by Paul Andrew Williams, “The Eichmann Show” also stars Anthony LaPaglia, Rebecca Front and Andy Nyman.

In 2014 Freeman starred in the award-winning Coen brothers’ television adaptation of “Fargo,” opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Colin Hanks. He was Golden Globe® and Emmy®-nominated in the category of Best Actor for his role as Lester Nygaard. At the beginning of 2014, Freeman starred in the third series of the hugely celebrated BBC drama “Sherlock,” which also aired in the US on PBS. 2014 saw Freeman win the Best Supporting Actor Emmy® for his portrayal of Dr. John Watson.

In December 2014, Freeman was seen in cinemas reprising his role of Bilbo Baggins in the final installment of Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” series, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”

2014 also saw Freeman take to the stage to play the title role of “Richard III” at the Trafalgar Studios as part of the Trafalgar Transformed season. The show, directed by Jamie Lloyd, opened in June to critical acclaim, and saw a huge increase in the number of audience members who had previously never attended a West End performance.

Since 2010 Freeman has been seen playing the role of Dr. John Watson in the award-winning “Sherlock.” In addition to his Emmy® win and nomination, this cult show saw Freeman win Best Supporting Actor at the 2011 BAFTA awards and receive an additional nomination in 2012. One of Freeman’s most notable television credits remains his role of Tim Canterbury in the hugely successful and much loved series “The Office,” for which he also received BAFTA nominations in 2002 and once again in 2004.

Freeman’s film credits are extensive. Best known for his comedic roles, Freeman starred opposite Joanna Page in box-office success “Love Actually” in 2003. Following this Freeman briefly appeared in the spoof horror comedy “Shaun of the Dead” and reunited with writing duo Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright for cult hit “Hot Fuzz” in 2007 and again in 2013 for “The World’s End,” starring opposite Pegg and Nick Frost. In 2007 Freeman starred opposite Jessica Hynes in the mockumentary-style film “Confetti,” which follows three couples as they battle it out to win the coveted title of Most Original Wedding of the Year’ One of Freeman’s most well- known film roles remains that of the lead Arthur Dent in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” The film was directed by Garth Jennings and saw Freeman star with Bill Bailey, Zooey Deschanel and Sam Rockwell.

Previously on stage Freeman appeared in the hugely successful production of “Clybourne Park” at the Royal Court Theatre, directed by Dominic Cooke. Other stage credits include Kathy Burke’s “Kosher Harry” at the Royal Court and “Blue Eyes and Heels” by Toby Whithouse at Soho Theatre for director Jonathan Lloyd.

William Hurt

Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross

WILLIAM HURT (General Ross) has, throughout his career, garnered a reputation as a performer as facile in film and television as he is on stage.  Hurt returns to the Marvel Cinematic Universe reprising the character he played in 2008’s “The Incredible Hulk.” Hurt recently completed production on the films “Men of Granite” and “The Moon and the Sun.” He was recently seen in A&E’s “Bonnie and Clyde,” the Science Channel’s movie “The Challenger Disaster” and the feature film “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.”

Hurt made his film debut in the science-fiction feature “Altered States,” for which he received his first Golden Globe Award® nomination.  He later went on to earn an Academy Award® and a BAFTA Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Luis Molina in “Kiss of the Spiderwoman.”  His performances in “Children of a Lesser God,” “Broadcast News” and “A History of Violence” also earned him another three Academy Award® nominations. Hurt’s roles in HBO’s “Too Big to Fail” and on FX’s “Damages” both earned him a Primetime Emmy Award® nomination.

On stage, Hurt has been seen in the Public Theatre’s productions of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “Henry V.”  He has done multiple productions for the Circle Theatre, including “Hamlet,” “Mary Stuart,” “Fifth of July” and “My Life.” Hurt’s portrayal of Eddie in the Broadway production of David Rabe’s “Hurlyburly” earned him a Tony Award® nomination.

Daniel Brühl


Golden Globe® and BAFTA nominated actor DANIEL BRÜHL (Zemo) has been involved in a number of critically acclaimed film and television projects and will be seen next in the upcoming thriller “Colonia,” opposite Emma Watson, and in Vincent Perez’s “Alone in Berlin,” with Emma Thompson and Mark Rylance. He will also star in director Niki Caro’s “The Zoo Keeper’s Wife,” opposite Jessica Chastain, which recently wrapped production.

In November 2015, Brühl starred as Tony in the Weinstein Company’s “Burnt,” alongside Alicia Vikander, Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Uma Thurman. Also in 2015, he appeared in Simon Curtis’ “Woman in Gold,” written by playwright Alexi Campbell and boasting a cast that included Helen Mirren, Max Irons and Charles Dance. In February 2014, Brühl starred in Michael Winterbottom’s “The Face of an Angel,” playing the male lead role of Thomas, opposite Kate Beckinsale. Also in 2014, he appeared in the lead role in “Ich Und Kaminski,” written and directed by Wolfgang Becker. Early that year, in January 2014, he starred in Anton Corbijn’s thriller “A Most Wanted Man,” which premiered at Sundance, with Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

In 2013, Brühl starred as Niki Lauda in Ron Howard’s “Rush,” opposite Chris Hemsworth. The multi-award-nominated film was released worldwide in September, with Brühl being heralded as its breakout star. He was consequently nominated for Golden Globe®, BAFTA, SAG® and Critics Choice awards in the category of Best Supporting Actor. Also in 2013, Brühl appeared in Bill Condon’s “The Fifth Estate,” playing Daniel Domscheit-Berg, colleague and friend of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Even before his role in 2009 as German war hero Frederik Zoller in Quentin Tarantino’s iconic and Oscar®-winning “Inglourious Basterds,” opposite Brad Pitt and Christoph Waltz, Brühl was an established and award-winning actor in Europe. In 2003, he starred in “Good Bye, Lenin!” and was lauded for his portrayal of Alexander Kerner. The role saw him win the European Film Award for Best Actor and the German Film Award for Best Actor in 2003.

Brühl’s other notable film credits include: “The White Sound,” with Jane Fonda and Geraldine Chaplin; “Ladies in Lavender,” where he made his English-speaking debut opposite Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith; Stephane Robelin’s “All Together,” for which he won the People’s Choice for Best Actor; “The Edukators,” for which he was nominated for Best Actor at the 2004 European Film Awards; “Joyeux Noel, Salvador”; “The Bourne Ultimatum”; Julie Delpy’s “The Countess”; and “In Transit” with John Malkovich.

Brühl also speaks fluent German, English, Spanish and French.

Anthony & Joe Russo


ANTHONY & JOE RUSSO (Directors) made their Marvel Studios directorial debut with the critically lauded box office blockbuster “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The film broke the opening record for an April release and went on to gross more than $713 million worldwide. Following “Captain America: Civil War,” the brothers will direct “Avengers: Infinity Wars Part 1” and “Avengers: Infinity Wars Part 2.”

The Russo Brothers were born a year apart in Cleveland, Ohio. They began filmmaking in the mid-1990s when they used credit cards and student loans to finance “Pieces,” an experimental comedy about a criminally inclined trio of brothers. They shot the film in and around Cleveland with the help of numerous friends and family. Their gamble paid off when the film screened at both the Slamdance and American Film Institute festivals in 1997, earning Joe a Best Actor award for the latter.

The Slamdance screening caught the attention of Steven Soderbergh, who along with his producing partner George Clooney, asked to produce the Brothers’ second film, the crime comedy “Welcome to Collinwood,” which was also set and shot in Cleveland.

Kevin Reilly was rebuilding the FX network when he first saw “Welcome to Collinwood,” and he asked the pair to direct the pilot for his new flagship comedy, “Lucky.” With the comedy set in downtown Las Vegas, Anthony and Joe used handheld camera work and a guerilla shooting style to capture the edgy, absurdist tone of the show, producing a pilot that became an industry favorite.

Among the pilot’s fans was Imagine Entertainment co-founder Ron Howard, who, along with writer Mitch Hurwitz, were both looking to take the well-worn situation comedy in a new direction. The Russo Brothers’ penchant for experimentation seemed the perfect fit for Howard’s desire to get the sitcom out of the soundstage and into the streets.

By shooting “Arrested Development” on pioneering HD cameras and minimizing the need for complex lighting and crews, the Brothers’ not only opened up a whole new world of creative possibilities, but provided the style for Hurwitz’s self-conscious, rapid-fire writing. A significant gamble for all involved, it paid off at that year’s Emmy® awards where Hurwitz won Best Writing, the Russo Brothers won best Directing, and “Arrested Development” won Best Comedy Series. Though “Arrested Development” would be canceled after just three seasons, few could deny the impact or innovation that earned the series a dedicated critical and cult following.

Between “Arrested Development” and their work with Marvel Studios, the Russo Brothers directed and produced a variety of television series across several networks including “Community,” “Happy Endings,” “LAX,” “What About Brian,” “Carpoolers” and “Running Wilde.”

Kevin Feige


KKEVIN FEIGE, p.g.a. (Producer) has been the driving force behind several billion-dollar franchises and an unprecedented number of blockbuster feature films all connected to create the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In his current role as producer and president of Marvel Studios, Feige is a hands-on producer and oversees Marvel Studios’ feature film productions, all of which have opened No. 1 at the box office and grossed nearly $9.1 billion worldwide collectively. Feige is currently producing this spring’s release of “Captain America: Civil War” as well as the highly-anticipated films “Doctor Strange,” “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Thor: Ragnorok,” “Black Panther,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Captain Marvel.”

Most recently Feige produced and launched another successful franchise with “Ant-Man,” starring Paul Rudd, which was released on July 17, 2015. Earlier in the year he produced “Avengers: Age of Ultron” which currently ranks as the fifth largest opening of all time. In 2014, Feige produced “Guardians of the Galaxy,” starring Chris Pratt, and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which broke the opening record for an April release.

In 2013, Feige produced the megahits “Thor: The Dark World” and “Iron Man 3.” In 2012, Feige produced the critically acclaimed “The Avengers,” which set an all-time, domestic three-day weekend box-office record. The film went on to become Disney’s highest-grossing global and domestic release at the time.

In 2011, Feige produced and successfully launched two Marvel film franchises, “Captain America: The First Avenger” directed by Joe Johnston and starring Chris Evans, and “Thor” directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Chris Hemsworth. In 2010, Feige produced “Iron Man 2,” directed by Jon Favreau and starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow.

In summer 2008, Feige produced the first fully developed and financed films from the new Marvel Studios including the blockbusters “Iron Man,” directed by Jon Favreau, and “The Incredible Hulk,” directed by Louis Leterrier.

Feige joined Marvel in 2000 and served as executive producer on the second and third “Spider-Man” films, which took in combined worldwide box-office receipts of well over $1.5 billion. Feige also co-produced “X2: X-Men United,” the second installment of the popular “X-Men” franchise, and executive produced “X-Men 3: The Last Stand,” among many other Marvel- branded films.

A graduate from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts, Feige first worked for Lauren Shuler Donner and Richard Donner at their Warner Bros.–based production company which released the action-adventure “Volcano” and the hit romantic comedy “You’ve Got Mail.” Feige earned his first producer credit on “X-Men,” a film that is credited with revitalizing the comic-book genre.


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David Oyelowo

Robert Katende

DAVID OYELOWO (Robert Katende) – pronounced “oh-yellow-oh” – is a classically trained stage actor who has quickly become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents. He graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and received the Scholarship for Excellence from Nicholas Hytner in 1998.  

Oyelowo is currently filming “God Particle,” opposite Gugu Mbatha-Raw. The sci-fi thriller focuses on a shocking discovery which forces a team of astronauts aboard a space station to fight for survival while their reality has been altered. The highly-anticipated film is produced by JJ Abrams. In addition, he recently wrapped production on the “Untitled Nash Edgerton Project” with Charlize Theron and Amanda Seyfried.

This year Oyelowo will be seen in several other highly anticipated films. In the fall, he stars in the drama “A United Kingdom,” alongside Rosamund Pike, where he plays Prince Seretse Khama of Botswana, who causes international controversy when he marries a white woman from London in the late 1940s. He was recently seen in “Nina,” a biographical drama focused on the late musician, Nina Simone (played by Zoe Saldana) and her relationship with her manager, Clifton Henderson (Oyelowo), and this summer stars in the independent drama “Five Nights in Maine,” which premiered at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival. In addition to his leading roles, Oyelowo serves as a producer on all three films as well.

Last year, Oyelowo was awarded an Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for HBO’s “Nightingale,” a psychological drama in which he played the solitary character, Peter Snowden, an Iraq war veteran who suffers a mental breakdown. Additionally, the film was nominated for Outstanding Television Movie, earning him a second nomination as producer. He also starred in and produced “Captive,” a true-life crime thriller about a drug-addicted single mother (Kate Mara) who finds herself taken hostage in her apartment by an escaped convict (Oyelowo) after he murders the judge overseeing his trial.

In 2014, Oyelowo starred as Martin Luther King Jr. in Paramount’s drama “Selma.” Directed by Ava DuVernay and produced by Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt’s Plan B, the film follows Dr. King’s struggle to secure voting rights for black people culminating in the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama and President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Oyelowo received Golden Globe® Award and Film Independent Spirit Award nominations and won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for his portrayal of Dr. King. The film also received an Oscar® nomination for Best Picture.

Additional film credits include Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi adventure “Interstellar”; J.C. Chandor’s crime drama “A Most Violent Year”; Simon Brand’s thriller “Default”; Lee Daniel’s “The Butler”; Steven Spielberg’s Academy Award®-nominated drama “Lincoln,” with Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones; the critically acclaimed independent drama “The Middle Of Nowhere,” which earned him NAACP Image Award and Independent Spirit Award nominations; “Jack Reacher,” opposite Tom Cruise; Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy,” opposite Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron; the British made-for-television movie “Complicit”; the George Lucas-produced bio-pic “Red Tails,” which won Outstanding Motion Picture at the 2013 NAACP Image Awards; “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes,” alongside James Franco and Frieda Pinto; the Academy Award-nominated drama “The Help”; “96 Minutes,” which premiered at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival; Kevin Macdonald’s “The Last King of Scotland,” opposite Forest Whitaker and James McAvoy; “Who Do You Love,” in which he played the iconic Muddy Waters; “A Sound Of Thunder” for Warner Bros.; “Derailed” for Miramax; and “Shoot The Messenger” for BBC2.

Oyelowo first impressed audiences on the stage when he starred in “The Suppliants” at the Gate Theatre playing King Palasgus, for which he received the Ian Charleson Award commendation. Following this he played the title role of “Henry VI,” becoming the first black actor to play an English king for the RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company). The role won him another Ian Charleson Award and an Evening Standard Award nomination. Other theatre credits include an acclaimed performance in Richard Bean’s “The God Botherers” at the Bush Theatre and the title role in Aeschylus’ “Prometheus Bound,” off-Broadway, for which he received rave reviews.

Beyond theatre, Oyelowo starred in the BAFTA Award winning series “Spooks/MI:5” playing Danny Hunter. “MI:5” also aired in the U.S. on BBC America. Additionally, he won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor and was also nominated for a BAFTA for his work on “Small Island.”  He also starred in the BBC1 original television movie “Born Equal” opposite Colin Firth, as well as ABC’s 2008 production of “A Raisin in the Sun,” alongside Sanaa Lathan and Sean Combs.

Oyelowo made his U.S. debut in two HBO productions. First, in August 2006 when he starred in the Kenneth Branagh-directed “As You Like It,” in which he played Orlando opposite Bryce Dallas Howard.  In October of the same year, he was again seen on HBO as the lead in the mini-series “Five Days,” for which he won the Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for his performance. In 2008, he starred in the acclaimed adaptation of the Alexander McCall Smith novel “The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency,” directed by the late Anthony Minghella. 

Oyelowo currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

Lupita Nyong’o

Nakku Harriet

LUPITA NYONG’O (Nakku Harriet) made her feature debut in Steve McQueen's Academy Award® winning film “12 Years a Slave,” alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt. For her portrayal as Patsey, Nyong'o received the Academy Award in the category of Best Supporting Actress as well as multiple other accolades, including the Screen Actors Guild® Award, the Critics' Choice Award, the Independent Spirit Award, the NAACP Award and the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards New Hollywood Award.

In December 2015, Nyong’o starred in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” alongside Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega and Oscar Isaac. Nyong’o brought to life Maz Kanata, the motion-captured character. The film was distributed by Disney on December 18, 2015. She will reprise this role in “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” directed by Rian Johnson, which Disney will release on December 15, 2017.

Nyong’o has since lent her voice to Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” as Raksha, with Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba, Bill Murray, Sir Ben Kinglsey and Christopher Walken. Disney released the film on April 15, 2016.

Also in 2016, Nyong’o earned a Tony® nomination for her Broadway debut in Danai Gurira's play “Eclipsed.” It tells the story of five extraordinary women brought together by the upheaval of war in their homeland Liberia. Prior to moving to Broadway, the play had a limited run at The Public Theatre. “Eclipsed” was nominated for an additional five Tony Awards, including Best Play, and won in the category of Best Costume Design.

Nyong'o will star alongside Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Danai Gurira in Marvel’s “The Black Panther,” directed by Ryan Coogler. It is set to be released in theaters on February 16, 2018. Nyong'o will play Nakia, a member of the Dora Milaje, the special forces group from fictional nation, Wakanda.

As a filmmaker, Nyong’o is set to produce and star in the film adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s best-selling novel “Americanah," alongside David Oyelowo. “Americanah” is the sweeping love-story that spans three continents of Ifemelu and Obinze, two Nigerians who face the complexities of race and identity away from home and each other. 

In the past, Nyong'o served as the creator, director, editor, and producer of the award-winning feature-length documentary, “In My Genes.” The documentary follows eight Kenyans who have one thing in common: they were born with albinism, a genetic condition that causes a lack of pigmentation. In many parts of the world, including Kenya, it is a condition that marginalizes, stigmatizes, and even endangers those who have it. Though highly visible in a society that is predominantly black, the reality of living with albinism is invisible to most. Through her intimate portraits, Nyong'o enables us to see their challenges, humanity, and everyday triumphs.

Nyong'o graduated from the Yale School of Drama's acting program where her additional stage credits included playing Perdita in “The Winter's Tale” (Yale Repertory Theater), Sonya in “Uncle Vanya,” Katherine in “The Taming of the Shrew,” as well as being in the original production of Michael Mitnick's “Elijah.” 

Nyong'o is an ambassadress for Lancôme and Tiffany & Co. She currently resides in New York.

Madina Nalwanga

Phiona Mutesi

MADINA NALWANGA (Phiona Mutesi) makes her acting debut in “Queen of Katwe.”

Madina was 4 years old when her future mentor, Lezon Mark Mugwanya, who runs the Sosolya Undugu Dance Academy for underprivileged youth, spotted her on the streets selling corn with her brother and saw something special in her. Mugwanya already knew Madina’s mother, and once he received her blessing began training her at the dance academy – a safe place for Madina to live – and she soon blossomed. Madina could dance four traditional dances perfectly by the time she was eight and is now one of the troop’s lead dancers as well as its lead vocalist. She can sing in 12 different languages.

Madina attends Green Valley High School where her education is subsidized by the dance academy.

Martin Kabanza

Mugabi Brian

MARTIN KABANZA (Mugabi Brian) makes his acting debut in “Queen of Katwe.” He was discovered for the role while playing football.

Martin was born on November 11, 2002 in Kampala, Uganda and now lives in the Kampala suburb of Bugiza with his grandparents. He is in his first year of high school at St. Mguba School, where he enjoys playing football and following Uganda’s national team.

Phiona Mutesi

Real Life

Phiona’s story is a powerful testament to the strength of the human spirit, and it all began when she came across Robert’s chess program in a makeshift Agape Church in Katwe. Two years later she became Uganda’s junior chess champion and eventually, the national champion. Then in 2012 at the age of 16 at her second Olympiad, she became a Woman Candidate Master, the first step towards Grand Master. Earlier this year Phiona graduated from St. Mbuga Vocational Secondary School. She is now applying to college and hopes to become a doctor or lawyer. We’d like to share with you some of the images from her incredible journey to becoming a world-class chess player.

Robert Katende

Real Life

Robert Katende was a recent college graduate and soccer coach for Sports Outreach Ministry who ran a chess program for impoverished children in the slums of Kampala when he first met Phiona Mutesi. As Phiona’s coach, mentor and father figure, Katende was instrumental in helping her pursue her dreams and become the champion she was destined to be. Today he is married with three children and houses several of his chess students while simultaneously serving as the director of Sports Outreach in Kampala and running 300 chess programs throughout Uganda.

Mira Nair


MIRA NAIR (Director) is an award-winning filmmaker who moves between Hollywood and independent cinema. After several years of making documentary films, Nair made her remarkable debut feature film “Salaam Bombay!” (1988). The film received more than 25 international awards including an Academy Award® nomination for Best Foreign Language Film and the Caméra d’Or at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival.

Nair’s second film, “Mississippi Masala” (1991) starring Denzel Washington and Sarita Choudhury, won three awards at Venice. The romantic drama also earned a Best Feature nomination at the Independent Spirit Awards and introduced her to Uganda, where it was partially filmed and set and where she has since made her home.

Her interest in crossing cultures led her to make a diverse range of films such as “The Perez Family” (1995) about a group of Cuban refugees; “Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love” (1996), inspired by the classic Indian text; “My Own Country” (1998) set in rural Tennessee; and the documentary short “The Laughing Club of India” (1999) about an alternative medicine practice in Mumbai.

In 2001, Nair’s classic “Monsoon Wedding” won the Golden Lion at the 2001 Venice Film Festival, becoming one of the highest-grossing foreign films of all time. She then directed the Golden Globe®-winning “Hysterical Blindness” (2002). After making William Makepeace Thackeray’s epic “Vanity Fair” (2004) starring Reese Witherspoon, she returned to her native India to direct a film based on Jhumpa Lahiri’s best-selling novel “The Namesake“ (2006). She subsequently directed the Amelia Earhart biopic “Amelia” (2009) starring Hilary Swank and Richard Gere.

In 2012 Nair directed “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,” a thriller based on the best-selling novel by Mohsin Hamid. It opened the 2012 Venice Film Festival to critical acclaim and was released worldwide in early 2013.

Nair is an avid maker of short films and recently directed a documentary film entitled “A Fork, a Spoon and a Knight,” based on the work of Robert Katende in bringing the lessons of chess to the slums of Kampala. She contributed to “11.09.01” (2002) in which 11 renowned filmmakers reacted to the events of September 11. Other titles include “How Can It Be?” (2008), “Migration” (2008), “New York, I Love You” (2009) and her collaboration with Emir Kusturica and Guillermo Arriaga on the compilation feature “Words With Gods.”

A long-time activist, Nair set up a filmmakers’ laboratory, Maisha Film Lab in Kampala, Uganda. Since 2005, Maisha has trained over 700 young East African filmmakers in the belief that “If we don’t tell our stories, no one else will.” Every student and teacher who has passed through the program has planted a tree on a piece of land overlooking Lake Victoria. Today, many years later, Maisha Garden has become a nature archive for African cinema, and is open to the public community of Kampala.

In 1998, she used the profits from “Salaam Bombay!” to create Salaam Balak Trust which works with street children in India. In 2012, the President of India awarded Nair the Padma Bhushan, India’s second highest civilian honor.

Lydia Dean Pilcher


LYDIA DEAN PILCHER, p.g.a. (Producer), is founder of Cine Mosaic, a leading independent production company based in New York. 

Pilcher has produced over 35 feature films including 11 films in a longstanding relationship with internationally acclaimed director Mira Nair. Pilcher was nominated for an Academy Award® for “Cutie & the Boxer” (Radius-TWC), directed by Zachary Heinzerling (winner of the 2013 Sundance Directing Award). In 2014, Sony Pictures Classics released the Cine Mosaic production of “The Lunchbox,” directed by Ritesh Batra (winner of the 2013 Critics Week Viewers Choice Award at Cannes Film Festival).  She is currently in production on “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” for HBO Films with director George C. Wolfe.

After receiving an MFA at New York University Graduate Institute of Film and Television, Pilcher began her career making documentaries and working in various capacities on such feature films as: “After Hours” (dir: Martin Scorsese); “F/X” (dir: Robert Mandel); “Round Midnight” (dir: Bertrand Tavernier); “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” (dir: John Hughes); “Mississippi Burning” (dir: Alan Parker); and “Quiz Show” (dir: Robert Redford).

In 2010, Pilcher was nominated for Emmy®, Golden Globe®, and PGA Awards for producing HBO Films’ “You Don’t Know Jack,” directed by Barry Levinson. The film, starring Al Pacino, follows Jack Kevorkian's battle to legalize assisted suicide. Prior to that, Pilcher produced “The Darjeeling Limited,” directed by Wes Anderson; and many films directed by Mira Nair, including “The Namesake,” “Vanity Fair,” “Amelia” and “Mississippi Masala.”  

Pilcher was nominated for a Golden Globe® Award in 2005 for the HBO feature, “Iron Jawed Angels,” directed by Katja von Garnier and starring Hilary Swank and Anjelica Huston.  The previous year she was nominated for an Emmy® Award, Golden Globe and Producer's Guild Award as the executive producer of “Normal,” with writer/director Jane Anderson and starring Jessica Lange and Tom Wilkinson.

Pilcher serves as vice president of Motion Pictures, Producers Guild of America and chair of PGA Women's Impact Network. She is also founder and chair of PGA Green, an active committee since 2006 dedicated to supporting sustainability in the entertainment industry, and winner of the 2011 EMA Green Production Award.  She co- authored, “The Ms. Factor: The Power of Female Driven Content” and is an adjunct professor at NYU Tisch Graduate Film & Television, and created the course, “Producing With a Vision: Disruption and Radical Transformation in the Entertainment Industry.”

John B. Carls


JOHN B. CARLS, p.g.a. (Producer), has a long history in family and children’s entertainment. In 1992, Carls formed Wild Things Productions (WTP) with world-renowned author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. As partner and president, Carls established WTP as a family entertainment company for film and television.

In association with Nelvana Communications and Nickelodeon, WTP produced five seasons and a movie of Maurice Sendak’s “Little Bear,” which received a Daytime Emmy® nomination. WTP also produced two seasons of the Emmy-nominated “George and Martha” for HBO featuring the voices of Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin. WTP and Nelvana produced three seasons of the animated television series “Seven Little Monsters” for PBS.

In 2002, Carls launched The Carls Company, developing both animated and live-action projects for film and television. Working with comic strip creator Steve Moore, they sold their animated feature film treatment “City Sewer” to DreamWorks Animation, which became the basis for Aardman Animation’s “Flushed Away.” Carls and Moore followed this up with a deal at Sony Animation to develop and produce the animated film “Open Season” based on their original treatment. It was released in September 2006 with Martin Lawrence and Ashton Kutcher voicing the leads. They are currently working with Overbrook Entertainment on an animated movie “Gatoraid.”

In television, Carls and Moore produced a series of animated shorts for ESPN based on Moore’s comic strip “In the Bleachers.” They have also completed a screenplay, “Zooburbia,” for Playtone and Reliance, which Carls will produce as his next animated movie.

In 2009, Carls produced Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” with Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman for Warner Bros., directed by Spike Jonze. He subsequently produced “Rango,” ILM’s first full-length animated movie with director Gore Verbinski and Paramount Pictures, which won the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature.

Carls is working with Playtone Pictures, Cirque du Soleil and Warner Bros. to develop the original story “Behind the Curtain” for director Michael Gracey. He is producing the adaptation of the children’s property, “The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreeen,” with Infinitum Nihil and Warner Bros. and is also working with award-winning director Josh Greenbaum on a feature film of the popular children’s property “Flat Stanley” for Fox Studios and Walden Media.

Carls has also moved his company into production of digital content and apps. Working with Trilogy Studios, Carls produced a “Harold and the Purple Crayon” app for the IPad and IPhone, which became a top seller garnering excellent reviews for its innovation in the emerging Ebook space.

Recently, Carls joined forces with Participant Media and Battelle on a new educational app for children, “The Magic Beach,” to be produced with Bento Box.

Prior to forming WTP and The Carls Company, he held executive positions at Orion Pictures and Columbia Pictures.

William Wheeler


WILLIAM WHEELER (Screenwriter) started writing while enrolled in the Playwrights Horizons theater school at New York University. His first screenplay “The Prime Gig,” written about his experiences as a telephone salesman, was selected for the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Lab. Directed by Gregory Mosher and featuring Vince Vaughn, the film debuted on IFC. Wheeler’s second produced film, “The Hoax,” was directed by Lasse Hallström and starred Richard Gere, Alfred Molina and Hope Davis. “The Hoax” was included on multiple top 10 lists, including the L.A. Times and Newsweek.

In 2012 he adapted for the screen Mohsin Hamid's novel “The Reluctant Fundamentalist.” Directed by Mira Nair, the film featured Liev Schreiber, Kate Hudson, Om Puri and Riz Ahmed. “Reluctant” was the opening night selection at the 2012 Venice Film Festival and winner of the Peace Award at the German Film Awards.

Most recently, Wheeler adapted iconic manga “Ghost in the Shell” into a feature film starring Scarlett Johannsen and “The Lego Ninjago Movie” as an animated film for Warner Animation Group. Both are set to be released in 2017. He is also developing a television series about artificial intelligence with Luc Besson for TNT and adapting for the screen Deborah Layton’s memoir “Seductive Poison” about Jim Jones and the People’s Temple.

Wheeler has mentored filmmakers from around the globe through Sundance’s Feature Film Lab in Utah and the Maisha Film Lab in Uganda. He has advised at Sundance International Labs in Amman and Istanbul and was the artistic director of Sundance International’s 2013 Lab in Mumbai, India.

Alicia Keys


Alicia Keys is a 15-time GRAMMY® Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer, an accomplished actress, a New York Times best-selling author, an entrepreneur and a powerful force in the world of activism. Earlier this year Keys released her critically-acclaimed single “In Common.”

The song is from Keys’ forthcoming highly-anticipated sixth studio album, due out later this year on RCA Records. Keys recently joined the judges panel on NBC’s “The Voice” for its 11th season, alongside Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. In September 2014, Keys launched We Are Here, a movement that empowers the global community around a host of issues and initiatives building a better world where all people are heard, respected, equal, and treated with dignity. Keys also co-founded Keep a Child Alive (KCA) and serves as Global Ambassador for the organization.


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Benedict Cumberbatch

Doctor Stephen Strange

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH (Doctor Stephen Strange) earned an Oscar® nomination for Best Actor for his performance in the 2014 true-life drama “The Imitation Game.” His riveting portrayal of code breaker Alan Turing in that film also brought him a Hollywood Film Award for Best Actor, as well as nominations for a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe®, a British Independent Film Award, a Critics’ Choice Award and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award®.

In 2015, Cumberbatch starred opposite Johnny Depp in “Black Mass,” the story of infamous gangster Whitey Bulger. In 2013, Cumberbatch starred in the film adaptation of the hit play “August: Osage County,” as part of an all-star ensemble cast under the direction of John Wells, and in Steve McQueen’s Oscar®-winning fact-based drama “12 Years a Slave.” Cumberbatch shared in SAG Award® nominations with his cast mates from both films. That same year, he also starred as Khan in J.J. Abrams’ “Star Trek Into Darkness” and as Julian Assange in Bill Condon’s “The Fifth Estate,” and played the dragon Smaug in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.” He received the BAFTA/LA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year for his work in all five roles.

In 2014 Cumberbatch reprised the role of Smaug in the conclusion of “The Hobbit” Trilogy, “The Battle of the Five Armies,” and also lent his voice to Agent Classified in the animated feature “Penguins of Madagascar.” His other film credits include “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” for which he received a British Independent Film Award nomination; Steven Spielberg’s “War Horse”; “Wreckers”; “Third Star”; “The Other Boleyn Girl”; “Atonement”; “Starter for 10”; and “Amazing Grace.”

Cumberbatch has also been honored for his work on the small screen, most notably in the title role of the BBC’s contemporized “Sherlock,” winning Emmy® and Critics’ Choice TV Awards and receiving Golden Globe® and two BAFTA TV Award nominations for his portrayal of the renowned detective. He also garnered Emmy and Critics’ Choice TV Award nominations for his performance in the HBO miniseries “Parade’s End,” and a BAFTA TV Award nomination for his role in the BBC telefilm “Small Island.”

Cumberbatch studied drama at the University of Manchester before training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Early in his career, he was seen in a number of theatre and television roles; however, it was his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in the 2004 BBC biopic “Hawking” that brought him international attention and his first BAFTA TV Award nomination. Among his other television credits are “Silent Witness,” “MI-5,” “Dunkirk,” “To the Ends of the Earth,” “Stuart: A Life Backwards” and “The Last Enemy.”

On the stage, Cumberbatch starred in Danny Boyle’s celebrated 2011 production of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” at the National Theatre, alternating (with Jonny Lee Miller) in the roles of The Creature and Dr. Frankenstein. Together with Miller, he shared in an Olivier Award, an Evening Standard Theatre Award and a Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for the dual roles. He previously received an Olivier Award nomination for his performance in Richard Eyre’s 2005 West End production of “Hedda Gabbler.” His extensive stage work also includes two seasons with the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park with The New Shakespeare Company; Trevor Nunn’s production of “Lady from the Sea”; Tennessee Williams’ “Period of Adjustment”; Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros”; “The Arsonists”; “The City” at the Royal Court Theatre; and Thea Sharrock’s award-winning 2010 revival of “After the Dance” at the National Theatre.

Upcoming, Cumberbatch will play the tiger Shere Khan, in “Jungle Book: Origins,” slated for release in fall 2017. He recently starred as Richard III in “The Hollow Crown,” the BBC’s miniseries adaptations of Shakespeare’s “Richard III,” “Henry IV” and “Henry V.” Last year he appeared on stage in London’s West End, playing the title role of the Bard’s “Hamlet.”

Chiwetel Ejiofor


BAFTA Award–winning actor, CHIWETEL EJIOFOR (Mordo) has a breadth of critically acclaimed work across stage and screen. Ejiofor was most recently seen in Jon Hillcoat’s crime thriller “Triple 9.” He was supported by a stellar cast, including Kate Winslet, Casey Affleck, Gal Gadot, Aaron Paul and Norman Reedus. The film was released in February this year.

Last year Ejiofor was awarded a CBE for services to drama; he also starred in a number of films and returned to the stage in “Everyman,” Rufus Norris’ inaugural play as Artistic Director of The National Theatre. 2015 saw Ejiofor in the award-winning, sci-fi drama “The Martian,” alongside Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain and Kate Mara. The film was hugely successful at the box office taking over $300m worldwide and receiving 7 Oscar® nominations. Ejiofor was also seen in Craig Zobel’s thriller “Z for Zachariah,” alongside Chris Pine and Margot Robbie, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival. The story centered on the last three remaining survivors of a nuclear holocaust. Ejiofor starred in another thriller, “The Secret in Their Eyes,” directed by Billy Ray and co-starring Julia Roberts and Nicole Kidman. The film is adapted from Juan Jose Campanella’s Oscar-winning Argentinean film, “El Secreto de Sus Ojos.”

2014 was another memorable year for Ejiofor and saw him star in Steve McQueen’s Oscar®-winning “Twelve Years a Slave.” He played the role of Soloman Northup, which gained him Oscar, Golden Globe® and SAG® nominations and won him a Best Actor BAFTA. Later in the year, Ejiofor also starred in “Half of a Yellow Sun” based on the highly acclaimed novel of the same title. The film also starred Thandie Newton and Joseph Mawle.

2013 saw Ejiofor star in Stephen Poliakoff’s BBC series “Dancing on the Edge,” which gained him a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actor in a Mini Series and an Emmy Award® nomination. Ejiofor also returned to the stage in the Young Vic’s adaptation of “A Season in the Congo,” directed by Joe Wright. His performance, as Patrice Lumumba, received critical acclaim.

In 2011 television audiences saw him in the award-winning “The Shadow Line,” a thrilling drama for the BBC in which he played lead character Jonah Gabriel alongside a superb cast, including Christopher Eccleston, Lesley Sharp and Rafe Spall.

Ejiofor has also appeared in a number of films including “Salt,” alongside Angelina Jolie and Liev Schreiber, and in 2009 he starred in Roland Emmerich’s action feature, “2012,” opposite John Cusack, Danny Glover and Thandie Newton. The same year his performance in “Endgame,” Channel 4’s moving drama set in South Africa, earned him a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-series or a Motion Picture Made for Television.

Ejiofor balances his film and television commitments with his theatre work. In 2008 he was seen in three very different roles; his performance in the title role of Michael Grandage’s “Othello” at the Donmar Warehouse alongside Kelly Reilly and Ewan McGregor was unanimously commended and won him the 2008 Olivier Award for Best Actor, the Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor, as well as nominations for the South Bank Show Awards 2009 and the What’s On Stage Theatregoers’ Choice Awards. His other stage credits include Roger Michell’s “Blue/Orange” in 2000, which received an Olivier Award for Best Play, and the same year Tim Supple’s “Romeo and Juliet,” in which Ejiofor took the title role.

In 1996, Ejiofor caught the attention of Stephen Spielberg who cast him in the critically acclaimed “Amistad,” starring alongside Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins. He returned to the big screen in Stephen Frears’ 2001 thriller “Dirty Pretty Things,” for which his performance as Okwe won him the Best Actor Award at the British Independent Film Awards, the Evening Standard Film Awards and the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards. In 2003, he co-starred in three films: Richard Curtis’ “Love Actually,” “Slow Burn” and Woody Allen’s “Melinda and Melinda.” 2008 saw Ejiofor star in Ridley Scott’s “American Gangster,” opposite Don Cheadle in “Talk to Me,” and in David Mamet’s “Redbelt.” His other film credits include “Kinky Boots” (2005), in which he played the lovable drag queen Lola, the urban drama “Four Brothers,” alongside Mark Whalberg, Spike Lee’s heist film “Inside Man.” alongside Clive Owen, Jodie Foster and Denzel Washington, and the Oscar®-nominated “Children of Men,” again alongside Clive Owen.

In addition to his acting career, Ejiofor has also directed two short films including the recent “Columbite Tantalite,” which he also wrote, which starred Tom Hughes. The short screened at a number of short film festivals, including the Palm Springs Short Film Festival. He also directed the short film “Slapper,” which was screened at the 2008 Edinburgh Film Festival.

Rachel McAdams

Dr. Christine Palmer

Academy Award®–nominated RACHEL MCADAMS' (Dr. Christine Palmer) transformative performances have established her as one of Hollywood’s most sought-after and respected actors.

McAdams was recently seen in Thomas McCarthy’s critically acclaimed “Spotlight,” starring alongside Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo. The film tells the true story of how the “Boston Globe” uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese. “Spotlight” has received numerous accolades including three Golden Globe® Award nominations, five Independent Spirit Awards nominations, seven Critics’ Choice Award nominations, two Screen Actors’ Guild® Award nominations and five Academy Award® nominations. “Spotlight” received the 2016 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Original Screenplay, Best Picture and Best Acting Ensemble, the 2016 Screen Actors’ Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and the 2016 Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay and Best Motion Picture. Individually, McAdams has been nominated in the category of Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture at the Critics’ Choice Awards, Screen Actors’ Guild Awards and the Academy Awards.

McAdams can next be heard as “The Mother” in the stop-motion adaptation of “The Little Prince,” based on the 1943 novel of the same name by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Netflix will release the film August 5, 2016.

McAdams starred in three films in 2015. First was Cameron Crowe’s “Aloha,” opposite Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone. The romantic comedy centers on a defense contractor who falls for an Air Force pilot after he is assigned to oversee the launch of a weapons satellite from Hawaii. That was followed starring alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Forest Whitaker in the Kurt Sutter-written drama “Southpaw.” The story centers around a fighter (Gyllenhaal) trying to recapture his glory and reconnect with a love he lost (McAdams). Finally, Wim Wenders’ “Everything Will Be Fine,” starring opposite James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Robert Naylor. The film is a story about a writer, Tomas (Franco), who accidentally causes the death of a child while driving and spends the next 12 years examining the effect of the tragedy on his life and that of Kate, the child’s mother. The film premiered at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival, and made its North American premiere at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival.

On television, McAdams was last seen in the second season of Nic Pizzolatto’s “True Detective.” McAdams played Sheriff Ani Bezzirades, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves. She stars alongside Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Vince Vaughn. The series premiered on June 21, 2015, on HBO. McAdams was nominated for a 2016 Critics’ Choice Award in the category of Best Actress in a Movie Made for Television or Limited Series.

Previous film credits include Woody Allen’s “Midnight In Paris,” which earned McAdams a SAG® nomination for Outstanding Performance By A Cast In A Motion Picture, alongside cast mates Owen Wilson, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Marion Cotillard, Carla Bruni and Michael Sheen; she reprised her role as Irene Adler in “Sherlock Homes: A Game of Shadows,” opposite Robert Downey Jr.; Anton Corbijn’s “A Most Wanted Man,” opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright and Willem Dafoe; Michael Sucsy’s “The Vow,” opposite Channing Tatum; Richard Curtis’ “About Time,” opposite Domhnall Gleeson and Bill Nighy; Terrence Malick’s “To The Wonder,” opposite Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko; Brian De Palma’s “Passion,” opposite Noomi Rapace; Roger Michell’s “Morning Glory,” opposite Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford; Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes”; “The Time Traveler’s Wife”; Neil Burger’s “The Lucky Ones”; “Married Life” (Toronto Film Festival 2007 Premiere); “The Family Stone,” opposite Diane Keaton and Sarah Jessica Parker; Wes Craven’s “Red Eye,” opposite Cillian Murphy; “Wedding Crashers,” opposite Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Christopher Walken; Nick Cassavetes’ “The Notebook,” opposite Ryan Gosling; and “Mean Girls.”

In 2005, McAdams received ShoWest’s Supporting Actress of the Year Award as well as the Breakthrough Actress of the Year at the Hollywood Film Awards. In 2009, she was awarded with ShoWest’s Female Star of the Year.

McAdams was born and raised in a small town outside of London, Ontario. Involved with theater growing up, she went on to graduate with honors with a BFA degree in Theater from York University.

Benedict Wong


BENEDICT WONG (Master Wong) has had a variety of roles on stage and screen over the last 25 years. His film credits include “Dirty Pretty Things” (for which he was nominated for best supporting actor at the British Independent Film Awards); Danny Boyle’s “Sunshine”; Duncan Jones’ “Moon”; and Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” and “The Martian.” He will next be seen in Alex Garland’s “Annihilation.”

Television credits include “Black Mirror,” “Top Boy,” “The IT Crowd,” “Run,” “The Wrong Mans” and currently plays Kublai Khan in the Netflix series “Marco Polo.”

On stage Wong has appeared as Laertes in “Hamlet” at the Young Vic, and played critically acclaimed lead roles on stage in London from Ai Wei Wei in “The Arrest of Ai Wei Wei” to Zhang Lin in the Olivier Award-winning “Chimerica.”

Michael Stuhlbarg

Dr. Nic West

MICHAEL STUHLBARG (Dr. Nic West) has long been a lauded actor in the New York theatre world, but it wasn’t until he played Larry Gopnik, the lead role in the Coen Brothers’ “A Serious Man,” that he earned serious recognition from the film community including a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture.

His other films include: Denis Villeneuve’s “Arrival”; “Jobs,” directed by Danny Boyle; “Trumbo” with Bryan Cranston; “Miles Ahead” with Don Cheadle; Ed Zwick’s “Pawn Sacrifice”; Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln”; Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine”; “Cut Bank”; “Hitchcock”; “Men in Black 3”; Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo”; Ridley Scott’s “Body of Lies”; Tim Blake Nelson’s “The Grey Zone”; Sophie Barthes’ “Cold Souls”; and Martin Scorsese’s short homage to Alfred Hitchcock, “The Key to Reserva.” He played the role of New York City mob boss Arnold Rothstein on HBO’s award-winning series “Boardwalk Empire” and has recurred on the Amazon series “Transparent.” Upcoming projects include “Miss Sloane” with Jessica Chastain and Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me by Your Name.”

In 2005, Stuhlbarg was a Tony Award® nominee and a Drama Desk Award winner for his performance in Martin McDonagh’s “The Pillowman.” He has also been honored with the New Dramatists Charles Bowden Actor Award and the Elliot Norton Boston Theatre Award, the latter for his performance in “Long Day’s Journey into Night.” The actor’s other Broadway credits include the National Actors Theatre productions of “Saint Joan,” “Three Men on a Horse,” “Timon of Athens” and “The Government Inspector” as well as Ronald Harwood’s “Taking Sides”; Sam Mendes’ revival of “Cabaret”; and Tom Stoppard’s “The Invention of Love.”

Stuhlbarg has worked numerous times with the New York Shakespeare Festival. His critically acclaimed credits include Sir Andrew Aguecheek in “Twelfth Night”; the title role in “Richard II”; and Hamlet in Oskar Eustis’ production of the famous tragedy, for which he won a Drama League Award.

Other off-Broadway credits include David Warren’s staging of “The Voysey Inheritance” (Obie and Callaway Awards and a Lucille Lortel Award nomination); “Cymbeline,” reprising his role in a U.K. stint of the production; “Old Wicked Songs” (Drama League Award recipient); “Measure for Pleasure” (Lucille Lortel Award nomination) and “The Grey Zone.”

Stuhlbarg received his BFA from The Juilliard School. He also studied at UCLA; at the Vilnius Conservatory in Lithuania’s Chekhov Studies unit; at the British-American Drama Academy at Baliol and Keble Colleges in Oxford; and, on a full scholarship, with Marcel Marceau.

Benjamin Bratt

Jonathan Pangborn

The diverse career of BENJAMIN BRATT (Jonathan Pangborn) 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. 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.

Bratt played the voice of Manny in the film “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” and reprised his role in last year’s sequel, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.” Audiences will also remember Bratt in “Despicable Me 2” as the voice of Eduardo and in “The Lesser Blessed,” which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall. Prior to that, Bratt also starred in “Snitch” alongside Dwayne Johnson.

Television audiences perhaps best recognize Bratt from his Emmy®-nominated role as Detective Rey Curtis on NBC’s long-running drama “Law & Order.” From 2008- 2009, Bratt 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. Bratt also starred 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.” In 2014, he co-starred in the Fox series “24: Live Another Day.”

Most recently Bratt can be seen in The Infiltrator,” opposite Bryan Cranston, and the box-office comedy “Ride Along 2,” opposite Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. He will next be seen in “Special Correspondents” for director Ricky Gervais; “Shot Caller”—another collaboration with director Ric Roman Waugh; and “Star” opposite Queen Latifah for director Lee Daniels.

A San Francisco native and proud alumnus of American Conservatory Theater’s ATP—he received an 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.

Scott Adkins

Lucian/Strong Zealot

SCOTT ADKINS (Strong Zealot) is a well-respected English actor who also happens to possess amazing skills as a martial artist. At the age of 14, Adkins began to train in Tae Kwon Do under the instruction of Ron Sergiew with the T.A.G.B. After a few years he moved on to kickboxing under Anthony Jones. He is now a fully trained kickboxing instructor for the P.K.A. Adkins also holds a red belt in Tae Kwon Do and a black belt in kickboxing, and is skilled in Wushu and Judo.

His first professional break came when he was offered a role in a Hong Kong martial arts film called “Extreme Challenge” and found himself in the East for the first time. Here, Adkins got the chance to work with some of Hong Kong cinema’s leading action directors, including Yeun Wo Ping, Cory Yeun, Sammo Hung and Jackie Chan.

Soon afterwards, Adkins landed the regular role of Bradley Hume in award-winning British TV drama “Holby City,” from which point he began to be noted as an actor to watch. He then went on to appear as a regular in the popular British comedy drama “Mile High,” demonstrating his talent for comedy as well being adept as an actor in drama. This was soon followed by roles in TV series such as “Dangerfield,” “Hollyoaks” and the hard-hitting, award-winning police drama “City Central,” directed by BAFTA winner Kenny Glenaan.

Starring roles in feature films soon proceeded for Adkins, with his portrayal of Talbot in “Special Forces” and Boyka in “Undisputed II: Last Man Standing.” It was this film that broke him into the mainstream with his villainous portrayal of a Russian MMA underground fighter Boyka in what has been hailed as one of the best American-made martial arts films of recent times. Adkins went on to gain guest-starring roles in bigger budget films like “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “The Tournament,” “Weapon XI” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” His first lead role came with “Ninja” and was soon followed with Undisputed III-Redemption where he reprised his role as Russian MMA fighter Uri Boyka. He has recently filmed the co-lead role of Flint in “Assassin Games,” opposite Jean Claude Van Damme, and the leading role of John in “Universal Soldier - A New Dimension.” In the past year Adkins filmed the leading role of The Man in “El Gringo” for After Dark Films, and Hector in “Expendables 2” for director Simon West. He then went on to play John in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty” and the leading role of Travis in the feature “Legendary.”

More recently Adkins shot the leading role of Danny in British feature “Green Street - Never Back Down” and then reprised his role of Casey in the second installment of the “Ninja” title “Shadow of a Tear.” He then took the leading role of Tom Cat in “Wolf War,” opposite and directed by Jacky Wu, and then the role of King Amphitron in “Hercules.” Early last year he filmed “Angels - Zero Tolerance.”

Adkins could recently be seen in the new Sasha Baron Cohen feature “Grimsby” and “Criminal” with Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman and Ryan Reynolds. Other completed features include “Close Range,” “Eliminators” and “Hard Target 2.”

Mads Mikkelsen


MADS MIKKELSEN (Kaecilius) will next be seen starring in Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which releases in the U.S. on December 16.

Mikkelsen was previously seen in director Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Hunt,” for which he was nominated for a London Critics Film Award for Actor of the Year. The film won the British Independent Film Award for Best International Film and was also nominated for several awards including an Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film, the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Film, and an Independent Spirit Award for Best International Film. He also starred opposite Alicia Vikander in “A Royal Affair.”

He was also previously seen in “Casino Royale,” directed by Martin Campbell and starring opposite Daniel Craig; “Charlie Countryman,” “The Salvation,” “Valhalla Rising,” “Pusher” and three seasons of the acclaimed series, “Hannibal.”

Tilda Swinton

The Ancient One

TILDA SWINTON (The Ancient One) started making films with the English experimental director Derek Jarman in 1985, with “Caravaggio.” They made seven more films together, including “The Last of England,” “The Garden,” “War Requiem,” “Edward II” (for which she won the Best Actress award at the 1991 Venice International Film Festival), and “Wittgenstein,” before Jarman’s death in 1994. She gained wide international recognition in 1992 with her portrayal of “Orlando,” the film based on the novel by Virginia Woolf directed by Sally Potter.

Swinton has also appeared in Spike Jonze’s “Adaptation”; David Mackenzie’s “Young Adam”; Mike Mills’ “Thumbsucker” and Francis Lawrence’s “Constantine”; Béla Tarr’s “The Man from London,” Andrew Adamson’s blockbuster “The Chronicles of Narnia” tales; Tony Gilroy’s “Michael Clayton”—for her performance in which, she received both the BAFTA and Academy Awards® for Best Supporting Actress of 2008—and Erick Zonca’s “Julia,” which received its world-premiere at the 2008 Berlin International Film Festival and which, on its release in the U.K., won for Swinton the Evening Standard’s Best Actress award and which performance was named as Indiewire’s hands-down favorite of that year.

In 2010, Swinton shot Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” which went into the main competition at Cannes the following year to huge critical acclaim. She also starred as Minister Mason in “Snowpiercer,” directed by Bong Joon Ho and released in 2014, for which she won numerous critics’ awards for best supporting actress at the end of that year. Swinton also features in “The Zero Theorem,” directed by Terry Gilliam, and the critically acclaimed comedy “Trainwreck” from Amy Schumer, directed by Judd Apatow.

Swinton has established rewarding ongoing filmmaking relationships with Jim Jarmusch (“Only Lovers Left Alive,” “Broken Flowers” and “The Limits of Control”); with Lynn Hershman-Leeson with whom she made “Conceiving Ada,” “Teknolust” and “Strange Culture”; with fine artist Doug Aitken for “Sleepwalkers” and “Song 1,” which took over the entire facades of MoMA and the Smithsonian respectively; with Wes Anderson on the movies “Moonrise Kingdom” in 2011 and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” in 2014; with the Coen Brothers on “Burn after Reading” and “Hail Caesar!”; and especially with Luca Guadagnino, alongside whom she has worked for over 20 years and made several experimental projects—the widely applauded “I Am Love,” which she co-produced over the span of a decade, and 2016’s celebrated “A Bigger Splash”—and with whom she is producing a number of projects for the future.
A native of Scotland, Swinton worked as a humanitarian volunteer in Africa for two years after she left school, following which she studied social and political sciences at Cambridge University. She has no formal acting training and has not worked in the theatre for 25 years.

In 1995 she conceived and performed her acclaimed site-specific, live-art piece “The Maybe,” in which she presents herself lying asleep in a glass case. “The Maybe” was originally performed at The Serpentine Gallery in London with an installation she devised in collaboration with sculptor Cornelia Parker. 22,000 people visited “The Maybe” in London, making it the most popular exhibition of its time. The following year, in collaboration with the French artists Pierre et Gilles —and for comparable numbers of visitors—she performed the piece at the Museo Baracco in Rome.

In 2013, she revived “The Maybe” at MoMA in New York, where the specifics of its incarnation there meant that it appeared unannounced, unaccompanied by an artist’s commentary, official images or finite schedule, in various spaces in the museum. It became an instant sensation and was visited by thousands of people on its first day.

Swinton and Olivier Saillard have created four original performances together: “The Impossible Wardrobe” in 2012, “Eternity Dress” in 2013, “Cloakroom” in 2014 and an upcoming piece this year—all performed for the Festival d’Automne in Paris.

In the summer of 2008, Swinton launched the Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams, a grassroots, joyfully anarchic, family-based film festival in her hometown of Nairn, Scotland. In 2009 Swinton not only co-curated a Scottish Cinema of Dreams edition in Beijing, but also brought another festival to Scotland—A Pilgrimage. It involved a mobile cinema that traveled and was bodily pulled for an hour each day, from Kinlochleven on the west coast of Scotland to Nairn on the east coast. All three festivals—unique and un-repeated—became events of considerable international interest. She has curated and produced a number of other film-related events from Iceland to Thailand.

This year, Swinton presented “The Seasons in Quincy”: four portraits of John Berger, an essay film about the writer and philosopher, which she co-wrote, co-produced and co-directed with The Derek Jarman Lab.

This summer, she is starring in and co-producing Bong Joon Ho’s upcoming feature film “Okja,” for Netflix and Plan B.

Swinton is the mother of twins and lives in the Scottish Highlands.

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