TOM HARDY (Bob) has quickly become one of Hollywood’s most sought after actors. He recently appeared in the thriller LOCKE, as a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, who receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his carefully cultivated existence.
Hardy starred in WARRIOR with Oscar nominee Nick Nolte and Joel Edgerton. An ode to redemption and reconciliation, WARRIOR is also a moving testament to the enduring bonds of family.
Hardy starred in TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY opposite Colin Firth and Gary Oldman, who was Oscar nominated for his work in the picture. Based on the classic novel, the international thriller is centered around the British Secret Intelligence Service at the height of the Cold War years of the mid-20th century.
Hardy was featured in Warner Bros.’ THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, which was directed by Christopher Nolan. He played the villainous ‘Bane’ opposite Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Gary Oldman. In 2012, Hardy starred in RedWagon Film's LAWLESS, set in the Prohibition era, where three brothers find their bootlegging business under threat in Franklin County, Virgina.
Hardy recently finished production on George Miller’s new post-apocalyptic MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, opposite Charlize Theron.
In 2009, Hardy won a British Independent Film Award for ‘Best Actor’ for his work in the title role of the 2008 thriller BRONSON. His film credits also include Guy Ritchie’s action comedy ROCKNROLLA with Gerard Butler, Thandie Newton, Idris Elba, Mark Strong and Tom Wilkinson; Sofia Coppola’s MARIE ANTOINETTE; and the crime thriller LAYER CAKE with Daniel Craig.
Released in the summer of 2010, Warner Bros.’ INCEPTION became the 24th highest-grossing films of all time. Directed by Christopher Nolan, Hardy appeared alongside an all-star cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Caine.
Hailing from England, Hardy began his screen career when he was plucked straight from London’s Drama Centre for a role in HBO’s award-winning World War II miniseries “Band of Brothers,” executive produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. He went on to appear in features like BLACK HAWK DOWN, directed by Ridley Scott; STAR TREK: NEMESIS, in which he played the lead villain; Paul McGuigan’s THE RECKONING, alongside Willem Dafoe and Paul Bettany; and DOT THE I, from first-time writer/director Matthew Parkhill.
On television, Hardy earned a BAFTA nomination for ‘Best Actor’ for his performance in the HBO movie “Stuart: A Life Backwards.” He portrayed ‘Heathcliff’ in the 2009 ITV production of “Wuthering Heights.” His small screen credits also include the telefilms “Oliver Twist,” “A for Andromeda,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Gideon’s Daughter,” and “Colditz,” as well as the BBC miniseries “The Virgin Queen,” in which he starred as Queen Elizabeth’s lover, ‘Robert Dudley’.
Hardy has also starred in numerous plays on the London West End, including Blood and In Arabia We’d All Be Kings, winning the ‘Outstanding Newcomer Award’ at the 2003 Evening Standard Theatre Awards for his work in both productions. For the latter play, he was also nominated for a 2004 Olivier Award. In 2005, Hardy starred in the London premiere of Brett C. Leonard’s Roger and Vanessa, under the direction of Robert Delamere. He and Delamere also run a theatre workshop/gym called Shotgun at London’s Theatre 503.
JAMES GANDOLFINI (Cousin Marv) made his indelible mark in a variety of motion picture and television roles. His film credits included, Nicole Holofcener’s romantic comedy ENOUGH SAID opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus; Kathryn Bigelow’s Oscar-nominated drama ZERO DARK THIRTY; Geoffrey Fletcher’s VIOLET AND DAISY; David Chase’s NOT FADE AWAY, which debuted at the 2012 New York Film Festival; Andrew Dominik’s crime thriller KILLING THEM SOFTLY, with Brad Pitt; Jake Scott’s WELCOME TO THE RILEYS; Spike Jonze’s adventure WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE; director Tony Scott’s THE TAKING OF PELHAM 123; and Armando Iannucci’s independent feature IN THE LOOP. Gandolfini’s other films credits included ROMANCE & CIGARETTES, in which he starred opposite Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet, directed by John Turturro with Joel and Ethan Coen producing; LONELY HEARTS, with John Travolta and Salma Hayek; director Steven Zaillian’s ALL THE KING’S MEN, starring opposite Sean Penn and Jude Law; Mike Mitchell’s SURVIVING CHRISTMAS, opposite Ben Affleck; the Coen brothers’ THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE; THE LAST CASTLE, directed by Rod Lurie and starring Robert Redford; Gore Verbinski’s THE MEXICAN, starring Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts; Joel Schumacher’s 8MM, with Nicolas Cage and Joaquin Phoenix; Steven Zaillian’s A CIVIL ACTION, with John Travolta and Robert Duvall; Peter Chelsom’s THE MIGHTY, with Sharon Stone; Nick Cassavetes’ SHE’S SO LOVELY, starring Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn; FALLEN, directed by Gregory Hoblit, with Denzel Washington; Sidney Lumet’s NIGHT FALLS ON MANHATTAN, with Andy Garcia and Lena Olin; Brian Gibson’s THE JUROR, with Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore; GET SHORTY, with Danny DeVito and John Travolta; Tony Scott’s CRIMSON TIDE, starring Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington; ANGIE, with Geena Davis; and his first Tony Scott picture, TRUE ROMANCE, starring Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette.
On the small screen, Gandolfini executive produced the HBO Documentary Films “Warton” and the Emmy-nominated “Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq,” in addition to the Emmy nominated HBO Film “Hemingway & Gellhorn.” He also starred in the HBO Film Cinema Verite opposite Diane Lane as well the Emmy Award-winning HBO drama series “The Sopranos,” portraying the series lead, Tony Soprano. His portrayal of the mob boss brought him three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe ‘Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series.’ He has also won four Screen Actors Guild Awards, including two for ‘Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama Series’ and two shared with “The Sopranos” cast for ‘Outstanding Ensemble Cast.’
Born in Westwood, New Jersey, Gandolfini graduated from Rutgers University before beginning his acting career in New York theatre. He made his Broadway debut in the 1992 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, with Alec Baldwin and Jessica Lange. Returning to the stage in 2009, Gandolfini earned a Tony Award nomination for his performance in the Broadway production of Matthew Warchus’s Tony Award-winning play God of Carnage, starring alongside Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels and Hope Davis.
Noomi Rapace (Nadia) captured the eyes of the international entertainment community with her commanding, unnerving and critically acclaimed portrayal of ‘Lisbeth Salander’ in the film adaptations of Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest.
Rapace will soon be seen in Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44, opposite Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman and Jason Clarke. The film follows ‘Leo Stepanovich Demidov’ (Hardy), a war hero in Russia and true believer in the state despite its hypocrisy and brutality in the final days of Stalin's rule. Rapace plays ‘Raisa,’ Leo’s wife. The film is due to be released by Lionsgate on April 17, 2015. Rapace is set to begin production on Tommy Wirkola’s What Happened to Monday? She will play multiple roles of septuplet sisters who struggle to stay hidden in an overpopulated world were a one-child policy outlaws siblings.
Rapace was recently cast to star in Mikael Hafstrom’s spy thriller Unlocked. She will play a female CIA interrogator duped into getting a terrorist to provide key information to the wrong side. Additionally, Rapace will reprise her role as ‘Elizabeth Shaw’ in the sci-fi sequel Prometheus 2. Ridley Scott's Prometheus was released in 2012, and Rapace starred opposite Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Guy Pearce and Michael Fassbender, portraying scientist 'Elizabeth Shaw.' The film followed the crew of the Prometheus space ship, as they explore an advanced civilization and the origins of humanity.
Rapace began her acting career at the age of seven, in Iceland's In the Shadow of the Raven. She has since gone on to appear in over twenty films and television shows. In 2007, she made her mark on the big screen with a breakthrough performance in the 2007 Danish film Daisy Diamond. In the film, Rapace portrays a troubled teen-mother who leaves her home to pursue a dream, ultimately failing and having a breakdown with fatal consequences. For her performance, she was honored with the Bodil Award for ‘Best Actress’ from the Danish Film Critics Association and a Robert Award for ‘Best Actress’ from the Film Academy of Denmark.
She garnered high praise for her breakthrough performance in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, the first installment of the Millennium Trilogy, which opened in February 2009 in Sweden. She won the ‘Best Actress’ Guldbagge Award from the Swedish Film Institute and the ‘Best Actress’ International Jupiter Award, in addition to being nominated for an Orange British Academy Film Award for ‘Lead Actress’ and a ‘Best Actress’ European Film Award for her role. Rapace garnered subsequent praise for her performances in the second and third installments, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest.
Additional credits include Guy Ritchie's sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Rapace portrayed a gypsy fortuneteller, 'Sim,' who sees more than she is telling. She was also seen in the action thriller Dead Man Down, in which she reunited with director Niels Arden Oplev and starred opposite Colin Farrell. Rapace portrayed 'Beatrice’, a crime victim seeking retribution. Additionally, she starred in Pernilla August's directorial debut, Beyond (Svinalägorna), in Sweden. The film screened at the 2010 Venice Film Festival and won the Venice ‘Critic's Week Prize,’ and the 2011 Nordic Council ‘Film Prize.’ Based on the best-selling novel, the film is a poignant story about a young girl's dramatic childhood growing up in a home plagued by abuse and alcoholism. Rapace was nominated for a 2011 Guldbagge ‘Best Actress’ Award in Sweden for her performance.
Following Beyond, Rapace was seen in Pål Sletaune's Norwegian thriller Babycall, about a young mother who believes she overhears a murder. For her performance, Rapace received the ‘Best Actress’ honor at the 2011 Rome Film Festival.
Flemish actor MATTHIAS SCHOENAERTS (Eric Deeds) got his start on stage acting opposite his father, Julien Schoenaerts, in The Little Prince and made his screen debut in Stijn Coninx’s Oscar-nominated DAENS.
After finishing his training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in Antwerp, he performed in a number of stage productions, award-winning shorts and feature films such as LOFT (Eric Van Looy), ANY WAY THE WIND BLOWS (Tom Barman) and MY QUEEN KARO (Dorothée Van Den Berghe).
Later in his career, he earned even wider European noteriety with his supporting role in director Paul Verhoeven’s BLACK BOOK, but his acclaimed lead performance in director Michael Roskam's BULLHEAD (Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Film, 2012) is what brought him international acclaim. For his performance, he won the FIPRESCI ‘Award for Best Actor’ at Palm Springs International Film Festival, the ‘Award for Best Actor’ at Fantastic Fest and the ‘Acting Award’ at AFI, among dozens of other awards.
In 2012, he appeared alongside Marion Cotillard in Jacques Audiard’s RUST AND BONE, which debuted at the Cannes International Film Festival.
Last year, Schoenaerts contributed lead performances to three films : Alan Rickman’s A LITTLE CHAOS, which co-starred Kate Winslet, Thomas Vinterberg’s FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, which co-starred Carey Mulligan, and Saul Dibb’s SUITE FRANÇAISE, which starred Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott-Thomas.
Schoenaerts will next be seen in Eric Van Looy’s English language version of LOFT and BLOOD TIES directed by Guillaume Canet.