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JENNIFER LAWRENCE

Katniss Everdeen

A natural talent, with a striking presence and undeniable energy, Academy Award® winner JENNIFER LAWRENCE [Katniss Everdeen] is one of Hollywood's most gifted actresses.

 

Recently, Lawrence was seen in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, reprising her role as Raven and Mystique, opposite Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, and Nicholas Hoult. Prior to that, Lawrence made her X-Men debut in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class, opposite Jackman, Fassbender and McAvoy, as well as Rose Byrne, January Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz and Kevin Bacon.

 

Upcoming, Lawrence will reunite with David O. Russell for the biopic, Joy, based on the life of a struggling Long Island single mom who became one of the country's most successful entrepreneurs with her invention of the Miracle Mop. Twentieth Century Fox is set to release the film December 25, 2015. Additionally, Lawrence has signed on to star in and produce The Rules of Inheritance, an adaptation of Claire Bidwell Smith's recent memoir about a woman who loses both her parents to cancer as a young adult. Susanne Bier is set to direct the film which will be written by Abi Morgan. The film marks the second collaboration between Bier and Lawrence who previously completed production on Serena, based upon the novel by Ron Rash, a depression-era story that focuses on a newlywed couple and their timber empire during that time. Lawrence is also attached to star in Gary Ross’ adaptation of the classic John Steinbeck novel, East of Eden, for Universal Pictures. 

 

Lawrence’s critically acclaimed performances include David O. Russell’s American Hustle, co-starring opposite Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Bradley Cooper in her portrayal of Roslyn, a contentious suburban housewife to a con-artist husband.  Her first collaboration with David O. Russell was on Silver Linings Playbook where she starred alongside Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro and Jacki Weaver as Tiffany, a young widow suffering from depression. Her breakthrough performance came in Debra Granik’s Winter’s Bone in which Lawrence starred as Ree, a young girl facing a dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact. To date, those three film credits have garnered Lawrence an Academy Award® for Best Actress, with two additional Academy Award® nominations for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. In addition, Lawrence has received a BAFTA Award for Best Actress and an additional BAFTA Best Supporting Actress nomination; two Golden Globe Awards® for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Motion Picture Drama, as well as a Golden Globe Award® nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Drama; a Screen Actors Guild Award® for Lead Role, as well two Screen Actors Guild Award® nominations for Lead Actress and Supporting Actress.

 

Additional film credits include Mark Tonderai’s House at the End of The Street opposite Elisabeth Shue and Max Thieriot; Jodie Foster’s The Beaver opposite Mel Gibson and Anton Yelchin; Drake Doremus' Like Crazy opposite Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones; Lori Petty's Poker House opposite Selma Blair and Bokeem Woodbine, for which she was awarded the prize of Outstanding Performance in the Narrative Competition at the 2008 Los Angeles Film Festival; and Guillermo Arriaga's directorial debut The Burning Plain, opposite Charlize Theron and Kim Basinger. The film premiered at the 2008 Venice Film Festival where Lawrence won the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor.

 

On television, Lawrence’s credits include three seasons of the TBS series The Bill Engvall Show. The comedy, written and created by Bill Engvall and Michael Leeson, follows the life of Bill Pearson (Engvall), a Denver suburban family counselor whose own family could use a little dose of counseling. 

JOSH HUTCHERSON

Peeta Mellark

At 21 years old, JOSH HUTCHERSON [Peeta Mellark] has quickly become one of Hollywood's most accomplished young actors. Josh has already received many accolades throughout his career including the 2012 Cinema Con award for “Breakthrough Actor,” MTV Movie Award for “Best Male Performance,” the Teen Choice Award for “Best Actor: Sci-Fi/Fantasy” and Logo’s New Now Next Award for the “Next Mega Star.”

 

Josh soon be seen starring alongside Benicio Del Toro in Paradise Lost, a drama about the notorious kingpin, Pablo Escoba which will premiere at 2014 Toronto Film Festival.

 

Last year, Josh lent his voice to the character of Nod in the animated film Epic. He also starred in Red Dawn, a remake of the 1984 classic about a group of teenagers trying to save their town from foreign soldiers, Journey 2: Mysterious Island alongside Michael Caine and Dwayne Johnson, the independent feature film Detention, in which Hutcherson also served as Executive Producer, and an omnibus film entitled Seven Days in Havana, which features seven shorts directed by seven different directors.

 

In 2010, Josh co-starred alongside Annette Bening and Julianne Moore in Lisa Cholodenko’s Academy Award® nominated feature film The Kids are All Right. The film debuted at that year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it was acquired by Focus Features in one of the festival’s biggest deals and premiered to rave reviews.  The film went on to garner the feature film prize at the Berlin International Film Festival’s Teddy Awards in addition to Screen Actors Guild®, Independent Spirit Awards® and Golden Globe® nominations.

 

Additional film credits include The Vampire’s Assistant, opposite John C. Reilly and Salma Hayek, Carmel, Journey to the Center of the Earth 3-D, the first ever high definition 3-D live performance feature, Bridge To Terabithia,Winged Creatures, Firehouse Dog,RV, Little Manhattan, Zathura, Kicking and Screaming, Howl's Moving Castle and The Polar Express.  Josh won Young Artist Awards for “Leading Young Actor” for his roles in Zathura and Bridge to Terebithia

 

In addition to acting, Josh is extremely involved with his charity organization, Straight But Not Narrow (SBNN). SBNN is an ally organization that prepares and trains young adults on how to become allies of their LGBTQ peer. For the past three years, Josh has hosted a basketball tournament to raise funds and awareness for the organization. In 2012, he was honored with GLAAD’s “Vanguard Award” for his work with the LGBT community.

 

Hutcherson currently resides in Los Angeles. 

LIAM HEMSWORTH

Gale Hawthorne

LIAM HEMSWORTH [Gale Hawthorne] has a quiet intensity that transcends the big screen. Demonstrating versatility and skill in a range of performances, Hemsworth has proven to be one of the most sought after actors of his generation.

 

Hemsworth, who starred in two of 2012’s biggest box office hits—The Hunger Games, directed by Gary Ross, and Expendables 2, directed by Simon West—most recently can be seen starring opposite Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman in the high stakes thriller Paranoia, directed by Robert Luketic. In addition, he has completed production on the feature film drama Empire State with director Dito Montiel and co-stars Dwayne Johnson and Emma Roberts. He will soon begin lensing the crime thriller Cut Bank, co-starring John Malkovich, Ben Kinglsey and Michael Sheen.

 

Born in Melborne, Australia, Hemsworth grew up surfing on Phillip Island. The youngest of three boys, Hemsworth always loved movies. Though he never dreamed of becoming an actor as a young kid, he would sit down and watch movies all day long. At the age of 17, having observed his two older brothers Luke and Chris do television shows in Australia, Hemsworth decided he too wanted to pursue acting seriously. He enrolled in acting classes, got an agent and started auditioning.  Hemsworth quickly landed his first big acting job on Australia’s popular TV series Home and Away and from there went on to book a role on Australia’s most successful TV show Neighbors.

 

Landing his first film role in the feature film Triangle, Hemsworth discovered that his true passion was in making movies. “It’s something new and fresh and it’s just a different energy to what I’d worked on before, says Hemsworth. Knowing Los Angeles was the center of movie making, Hemsworth began sending audition tapes to the states. He sent a tape to Sylvester Stallone who within a week of receiving the tape asked Hemsworth to come to Hollywood immediately to play the part of his son in the feature film The Expendables.  Shortly before he was to depart for Los Angeles, Hemsworth learned that the part of Stallone’s son had been written out of the script. However, within hours of learning he was no longer working on The Expendables he received a call that Marvel wanted to screen test him for Thor. Though he ended up losing the role of ‘Thor’ to his older brother Chris, it was this audition for Marvel that got Hemsworth to Los Angeles. 

 

Hemsworth soon began to gain attention throughout Hollywood and, while living with his brother Chris in their manager Will Ward’s guest cottage, Liam beat out hundreds of actors for the part of ‘Will Blakelee’ in the film adaptation of Nicholas Spark’s The Last Song, directed by Julie Anne Robinson and co-starring Greg Kinnear and Miley Cyrus. This performance garnered Hemsworth the 2010 Young Hollywood Award as well the 2010 Teen Choice Male Breakout Award.

 

Hemsworth, who currently resides in Los Angeles, eagerly looks forward to more film work with quality actors and directors. He says, “I love acting and I love movies. At the moment, I’m just trying to find people who are doing something different and meet people who are as passionate as I am.  I have learned the majority of what I know on set, working. You learn from watching people with experience.”


WOODY HARRELSON

Haymitch Abernathy

WOODY HARRELSON’s [Haymitch Abernathy] rare mix of intensity and charisma consistently surprises and delights audiences and critics alike in both mainstream and independent projects. His portrayal of a casualty notification officer, opposite Ben Foster, in Oren Moverman’s The Messenger garnered him a 2010 Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He was previously nominated by the Academy, the Golden Globes® and SAG Awards® in the category of Best Actor for his portrayal of controversial magazine publisher Larry Flynt in Milos Forman’s The People vs. Larry Flynt.

 

Harrelson is currently filming Triple Nine for director John Hillcoat.  He was last seen in HBO’s True Detective co-starring Matthew McConaughey for director Cary Fukunaga. In 2013, Harrelson appeared in writer/director Scott Cooper’s Out of the Furnace starring opposite Christian Bale and Casey Affleck, Relativity’s animated film, Free Birds with Owen Wilson and Louis Leterrier’s  Now You See Me for Lionsgate. 

 

In 2012 Harrelson starred opposite Julianne Moore and Ed Harris in the HBO film Game Change for director Jay Roach, for which he earned Primetime Emmy®, SAG Awards®, and Golden Globe® nominations for his role as Steve Schmidt, and Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths, alongside Sam Rockwell, Colin Farrell and Christopher Walken.

 

Other highlights from Harrelson’s film career include Rampart, which reunited him with director Oren Moverman, Ruben Fleischer’s box office hit Zombieland; Friends with Benefits; 2012; Semi-Pro; The Grand; No Country For Old Men; A Scanner Darkly; A Prairie Home Companion; Defendor; Seven Pounds; The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio; North Country; The Big White; After The Sunset; Play It To The Bone; Battle In Seattle; EDtv; The Hi-Lo County; Transsiberian; The Thin Red Line; Wag The Dog; Welcome To Sarajevo; Kingpin; Natural Born Killers; Indecent Proposal; White Men Can’t Jump and was recently seen as the on screen host for director Pete McGrain’s powerful political documentary Ethos.

 

Harrelson first endeared himself to millions of viewers as a member of the ensemble cast of NBC's long-running hit comedy, Cheers. For his work as the affable bartender ‘Woody Boyd,’ he won a Primetime Emmy® in 1988 and was nominated four additional times during his eight-year run on the show.  In 1999, he gained another Primetime Emmy® nomination when he reprised the role in a guest appearance on the spin-off series Frasier. He later made a return to television with a recurring guest role on the hit NBC series, Will and Grace.



 

Balancing his film and television work, in 1999 Harrelson directed his own play, Furthest From The Sun at the Theatre de la Juene Lune in Minneapolis. He followed next with the Roundabout's Broadway revival of The Rainmaker; Sam Shepherd’s The Late Henry Moss, and John Kolvenbach's On An Average Day opposite Kyle MacLachlan at London’s West End. Harrelson directed the Toronto premiere of Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth at Toronto’s Berkeley Street Theatre. In the winter of 2005 Harrelson returned to London's West End, starring in Tennessee Williams' Night of the Iguana at the Lyric Theatre. In 2011, Harrelson co-wrote and directed the semi-autobiographical comedy Bullet for Adolf at Hart House Theatre in Toronto. In the summer of 2012 Bullet for Adolf made its Off-Broadway debut at New World Stages.

ELIZABETH BANKS

Effie Trinket

Emmy® nominated actress, producer and director ELIZABETH BANKS [Effie Trinket] has become one of Hollywood’s most sought after and versatile actresses, easily navigating between stage and screen, comedy and drama. In addition to acting, she is currently in production on her feature directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2, the sequel to Pitch Perfect about a women’s college acapella group where she will reprise her role as commentator Gail. She is also producing the film along with her husband, Max Handelman, through their company, Brownstone Productions.

Elizabeth will next begin production on Magic Mike XXL opposite Channing Tatum. Earlier this year she lent her voice to the global hit The Lego Movie. Upcoming she will be seen in Love & Mercy directed by Bill Pohlad which takes an unconventional look at the life of the celebrated leader of The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, and his legendary battle with mental illness. The film recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and will be released by Lionsgate. She has also wrapped production on Every Secret Thing directed by Amy Berg and based on the best-selling novel by Laura Lippman. The story follows a detective who looks to unravel a mystery surrounding missing children and the two young women who are prime suspects.

Banks’ additional feature credits include her breakthrough roles in the Academy Award® winning films Seabiscuit, in which she starred as Marcela Howard opposite Jeff Bridges and Tobey Maguire, and in Steve Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can.  She has also appeared in Walk of Shame, Little AccidentsOur Idiot Brother,The DetailsZack and Miri Make a PornoWhat to Expect When You’re ExpectingPeople Like UsMan on a LedgeThe Next Three DaysRole ModelsMeet DaveInvincibleThe 40-Year-Old VirginFred ClausSistersSlitherHeights, The BaxterThe TradeOrdinary Sinner, The UninvitedDaltry CalhounSexual Life, John Singleton’s Shaft with Samuel L. Jackson and cult hit Wet Hot American Summer starring Janeane Garofalo and David Hyde Pierce. She also appeared as journalist Betty Brant, a role that director Sam Raimi created for her, in Columbia Pictures’ three blockbuster Spider-Man films with Tobey Maguire as the title character.

On the small screen, Banks earned a Primetime Emmy® Award nomination in 2011 for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance as Avery Jessup on 30 Rock. She has also appeared on ABC’s Modern Family and in a recurring role as Dr. Kim Porter on NBC’s Scrubs. In 2007 she appeared in the CBS miniseries Comanche Moon, Larry McMurtry’s prequel to Lonesome Dove

Her production company Brownstone productions upcoming projects include Pitch Perfect 2, White Girl Problems, Tink, a Disney live-action romantic comedy in which Banks will star as Tinkerbell and RA's with Paramount Digital. She has also produced the global hit Pitch Perfect and Disney’s 2009 sci-fi thriller The Surrogates, which starred Bruce Willis.

Her extensive theater credits include many roles in American Conservatory Theatre productions, as well as the Guthrie Theater’s production of Summer & Smoke directed by David Esbjornson. In 2006 Banks played Cherie, the female lead in William Inge’s comedy Bus Stop, as part of the Williamstown Theater Festival.

Originally from Massachusetts, Banks received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her Graduate Degree at the American Conservatory Theater. She is involved with many charities which include: LA’s Best, Planned Parenthood, and Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

JULIANNE MOORE

President Alma Coin

One of today’s most versatile and charismatic actresses, JULIANNE MOORE [President Alma Coin] is known for her breadth of work with many memorable performances in everything from comedy to drama, blockbusters to art house fare, and from the big to the small screen.

 

Next year she stars opposite Jeff Bridges in the sweeping fantasy adventure The Seventh Son due out on February 6, 2015. Moore was last seen in David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars alongside Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson and John Cusack and Still Alice with Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin and Kate Bosworth which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. She is currently in production on the indie drama Freeheld with Ellen Page and Zach Galifianakis.

 

Moore is the ninth person in Academy history to receive two acting Oscar® nominations in the same year for her performances in Far From Heaven (Best Actress nomination) and The Hours (Best Supporting Actress nomination), after receiving many critics’ awards as well as SAG Awards® and Golden Globe® nominations for both. Moore is a four-time Academy Award® nominee, eight-time Golden Globe® nominee, six-time SAG Awards® nominee, four-time BAFTA nominee, and a three-time Independent Spirit Awards® nominee winning in 2003 for Far From Heaven. In 2012, she won the Primetime Emmy® award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role as Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in the HBO original movie Game Change. This role also garnered wins at the 2013 SAG Awards® and Golden Globe Awards®. Her additional honors include the Excellence in Media Award at the 2004 GLAAD Media Awards, the Silver Bear Award at the 2003 Berlin International Film Festival, the 2002 Copa Volti as Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival, the Actor Award at the 2002 Gotham Awards and the “Tribute to Independent Vision” at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.

 

Moore’s notable films include the remake of the cult classic Carrie, Non-Stop, Crazy, Stupid, Love; The Kids Are All Right; A Single Man; The Forgotten; What Maisie Knew; The English Teacher; Laws of Attraction; Chloe; 6 Souls; Blindness; Savage Grace; I’m Not There; Children of Men; Hannibal; Jurassic Park: The Lost World; The Fugitive; Nine Months; Benny & Joon; The Hand That Rocks The Cradle; The End of the Affair; Boogie Nights; Magnolia; Cookie’s Fortune; Short Cuts; Don Jon; Gus Van Sant’s re-make of Psycho; Safe; Vanya on 42nd Street; Surviving Picasso; and The Big Lebowski.

 

An accomplished author, Moore recently released her fourth book My Mother is a Foreigner, But Not to Me, based on her experiences growing up with a mother from Scotland. Her previous work includes the successful children’s book series– Freckleface Strawberry, Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodgeball Bully, and Freckleface Strawberry Best Friends Forever.  Inspired by the book’s main character, Freckleface Strawberry, in 2013 Moore released her Monster Maker app via iTunes which allows users to make their own monster to send to family and friends. Julianne most recently unveiled her second app Dreamtime Playtime, an app that encourages math skills at a very early age. The original book was also adapted into a successful off-Broadway musical.

 

After earning her B.F.A. from Boston University for the Performing Arts, Moore starred in a number of off-Broadway productions, including Caryl Churchill’s Serious Money and Ice Cream/Hot Fudge at the Public Theater.  She appeared in Minneapolis in the Guthrie Theater’s Hamlet, and participated in workshop productions of Strindberg’s The Father with Al Pacino and Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter with Meryl Streep.  Moore made her Broadway debut in 2006 in the Sam Mendes production of The Vertical Hour, an original play written by David Hare. 

 

Moore and her family reside in New York City.

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN

Plutarch Heavensbee

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN [Plutarch Heavensbee] was recently seen starring in Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, John Slattery’s feature directorial debut, God’s Pocket and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Previously he appeared in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, A Late Quartet with Christopher Walken and Catherine Keener, The Ides of March, directed by George Clooney and in Moneyball with Brad Pitt, directed by Bennett Miller. Hoffman made his feature directorial debut with Jack Goes Boating, which was produced by Cooper’s Town Productions and based on the play of the same name. Other recent film credits include Synecdoche, NY; Doubt; The Savages; Charlie Wilson’s War and Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead. It was Hoffman’s performance in Capote, also directed by Bennett Miller and produced through his company, Cooper’s Town Productions, for which he earned an Academy Award®. 

 

As an actor, his theater credits include the Broadway revival of Death of a Salesman, a limited run in Othello, LAByrinth’s production of Jack Goes BoatingLong Day’s Journey Into Night, The Seagull, True West, Defying Gravity, The Merchant of Venice, Shopping and F*cking and The Author’s Voice.

 

His theater directing credits include the world premieres of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Our Lady of 121st Street, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train, In Arabia We’d All Be Kings and The Little Flower of East Orange all written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and produced by LAByrinth.  Also produced by LAByrinth, Hoffman directed A Family for All Occasions written by Bob Glaudini. Additionally he directed Rebecca Gilman’s The Glory of Living at MCC Theater.  He traveled to Australia to direct Andrew Upton’s Riflemind at the famed Sydney Theater Company and later mounted the play in London. He also directed Brett C. Leonard’s The Long Red Road for the Goodman Theater in Chicago and returned to the Sydney Theater Company to direct True West.

 

JEFFREY WRIGHT

Beetee Latier

Critically acclaimed actor JEFFREY WRIGHT [Beetee] continually pushes the boundaries of his craft with inspiring and celebrated performances in an illustrious career that has spanned the worlds of theatre, film and television.

 

On the big screen, Wright can currently be seen in in Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Sony Pictures Classics released the film on April 11, 2014.

 

On television, he was most recently seen on the fourth season of HBO's critically acclaimed series Boardwalk Empire. He plays Dr. Valentin Narcisse, Doctor of Divinity, philanthropist, student of culture and the man who runs Harlem. For his work on the show, Wright was nominated for the 2014 Broadcast Television Journalists Association Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama and the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Award® for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. He will reprise his role in the fifth season in the fall of 2014.

 

Wright was also recently seen in David Rosenthal's A Single Shot and George Tillman Jr.'s The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete. Other recent projects include: Allen Hughes' political thriller Broken City, portraying a New York City police commissioner in the midst of a scandal involving the city's incumbent mayor and Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter said of Wright's performance, "the other adult actor here who is terrific is Jeffrey Wright...Portraying a man harboring his own pain and disappointments, Wright has one long scene of incredible emotional delicacy and transparency in which he once again proves his position among the very top American actors." He also starred in Sony's The Ides of March, directed by and co-starring George Clooney. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe Award® for "Best Picture - Drama."

 

Wright, a gifted theater actor, was most recently on stage as the lead in John Guare's A Free Man of Color at Lincoln Center, directed by George C. Wolfe, a frequent collaborator. In 2001 and 2002 respectively, he earned an Obie Award and a Tony® nomination for his work in the play Topdog/Underdog. Wright garnered a Tony Award® in 1994 for his portrayal in Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning epic Angels in America, also directed by George C. Wolfe. Wright reprised his Angels role in HBO's 2003 mini-series adaption of the play, earning both a Golden Globe® and a Primetime Emmy® for his groundbreaking performance.

 

On film, Wright has portrayed a stunning array of icons and iconoclasts. His brilliant portrayal of the renowned and controversial graffiti artist, Jean Michel Basquiat, in the 1996 film Basquiat, received widespread praise from critics and earned him an Independent Spirit Award® nomination. On the other end of the spectrum, Wright has taken on roles in the 2006 and 2008 James Bond films, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace and also in 2008, starred as Muddy Waters in Cadillac Records and as Colin Powell in Oliver Stone's W. In 2005, he co-starred in the award- winning film Syriana, and his other credits include Jonathan Demme's remake of The Manchurian Candidate; Jim Jarmusch's Broken Flowers earning another Independent Spirit Award® nomination; Ang Lee's Ride with the Devil, and Shaft. For his portrayal of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in HBO's Boycott, he received a 2001 AFI award.

 

In addition to acting, Wright is Vice Chairman of Taia Lion Resources and Chairman of Taia Peace Foundation. He also serves on the boards of directors of the Tribeca Film Institute and Resolve. Wright was named by the Government of Sierra Leone as the Peace by Piece Ambassador for the country's 2011 50th Anniversary Independence Celebration, and received the Humanitarian Award at the 2011 Napa Valley Film Festival for his work with Taia Peace Foundation.

 

Born in Washington, D.C., Wright graduated from Amherst College, receiving a B.A. in political science in 1987 and earned a doctorate of humane letters from his alma mater in 2004. Wright resides in Brooklyn, NY.

STANLEY TUCCI

Caesar Flickerman

Academy Award® nominee STANLEY TUCCI [Caesar Flickerman] has appeared in over 50 films and countless television shows. He has appeared in more than a dozen plays, on and off Broadway, and has been behind the camera working as a writer, director and producer.

 

In June 2014, Stanley starred alongside Mark Wahlberg in Transformers: Age of Extinction directed by Michael Bay. He has also joined the cast of multiple feature films that are scheduled for a 2014 release, including Wild Card starring Jason Statham and Sofia Vergara, Larry Gaye: Renegade Male FlightAttendant, and A Little Chaos directed by Alan Rickman and starring Kate Winslet.

 

Tucci was nominated for an Academy Award®, Golden Globe Award®, BAFTA Award, SAG Award® and received a Broadcast Film Critics nomination for his performance in Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones.

 

Furthermore, Tucci won a Primetime Emmy® and a Golden Globe® for his role in the TV movie Winchell. His performance as the fast-talking tattler, who exposed secrets and scandals, left audiences and critics alike singing his praises. Winchell, directed by Paul Mazursky, provided Stanley with one of the juiciest roles of his diverse career.

 

He received a Golden Globe® for his role in HBO’s Conspiracy. His brilliant portrayal of Lt. Colonel Adolf Eichmann delivered a truly petrifying experience, where he often deceived others with his all but friendly smile.

 

Tucci is also a writer, director, and producer. He premiered the film Blind Date at The Sundance Film Festival -- directing, starring, and co-writing this Van Gogh remake. Another directorial endeavor was USA Films’ Joe Gould’s Secret, which starred Ian Holm as bohemian writer Joe Gould and Tucci as Joseph Mitchell, the famed writer for The New Yorker.  The film, set in New York’s Greenwich Village in the 1940s, tells the story of the strange meeting and long lasting friendship between Gould and Mitchell, as well as the stories Mitchell wrote about Gould and his life.

 

Big Night, Tucci’s first effort as co-director, co-screenwriter, and actor on the same film, earned him numerous accolades, including the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival, a recognition of Excellence by the National Board of Review, an Independent Spirit Award®, The Critics Prize at the 1996 Deauville Film Festival, and honors from the New York Film Critics and the Boston Society of Film Critics.

 

His second project, The Imposters, a film which he wrote, directed, co-produced, and starred in, was an Official Selection at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival and was acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures later that year.  The 1930’s farce starred Tucci and Oliver Platt as a pair of out-of-work actors who find themselves aboard a cruise ship passengered by Steve Buscemi, Alfred Molina, Lili Taylor and Hope Davis.

 

His work on television includes his appearance as a re-occurring guest star on TNT’s Bull, Equal Justice, Wiseguy, The Equalizer, thirtysomething, and The Street. Tucci received Primetime Emmy® nominations for his work in Murder One and ER, and a Primetime Emmy® Award in the category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for Monk.

 

Stanley’s theater work includes Frankie & Johnny in the Claire de Lune, Execution of Hope, The Iceman Cometh, Brighton Beach Memoirs and The Misanthrope.  He has also performed in a number of off-Broadway plays, at Yale Repertory Theater and SUNY Purchase, where he first studied acting.

 

Tucci made his directorial debut on Broadway with a revival of Ken Ludwig’s Lend Me a Tenor starring Tony Shalhoub. The production received a Tony Award® nomination for Best Revival of a Play.

 

Tucci’s additional film credits include Muppets Most Wanted, Mr. Peabody & Sherman,Some Velvet Morning, The Fifth Estate, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, The Company You Keep, Jack The Giant Slayer, Captain America; The First Avenger, Margin Call, Burlesque, Easy A, Julie & Julia, The Tale of Despereaux, Kit Kitteredge: An American Girl, Swing Vote, What Just Happened, The Devil Wears Prada, Shall We Dance, The Terminal, The Life And Death of Peter Sellers, Spin, Road To Perdition, America’s Sweethearts, Sidewalks of New York, A Mid-Summer Nights dream, The AlarmistDeconstructing Harry, The Daytrippers, Big Trouble, A Life Less Ordinary, Kiss of Death, Mrs. Parker and The Vicious Circle, It Could Happen To You, The Pelican Brief, Prelude To A Kiss, In The Soup, Billy Bathgate And Slaves of New York.

 

The Tucci Cookbook was released in October of 2012 where it reached the New York Times Best Sellers List. Stanley will release his second cookbook, The Tucci Table: Cooking with Family and Friends, in November of 2014. The family-focused cookbook includes recipes from Tucci’s traditional Italian roots as well as those of his British wife, Felicity Blunt’s.                                                                               

           

Stanley serves on the Board of Directors of The Food Bank for New York City.

 

Tucci resides in London.

DONALD SUTHERLAND

President Snow

DONALD  SUTHERLAND [President Snow] is one of the most respected, prolific and versatile of motion picture actors, with an astonishing resume of well over one hundred and thirty films, including such classics as Robert Aldrich’s The Dirty Dozen; Robert Altman's M*A*S*H; John Schlesinger’s The Day of the Locust; Robert Redford's OrdinaryPeople; Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1900; Philip Kaufman’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers;Nicolas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now with Julie Christie; Alan Pakula's Klute with Jane Fonda; Federico Fellini's Fellini’s Casanova; and in Brian Hutton’s Kelly’s Heroes with Clint Eastwood, who later directed him in Space Cowboys.

 

Sutherland is producer, screenwriter and star (voicing the lead character, Captain Johnson) of Pirate’s Passage,an animated movie based on William Gilkerson’s acclaimed novel, winner of Canada’s Governor General's Award for Children's Literature in 2006. He has also completed filming on John Henry Clayton, a period Canadian Western, co-starring opposite his son, Kiefer; Basmati Blues, shot on location in India; and was recently seen on screen in The Calling with Susan Sarandon.

 

Sutherland starred in the highly-successful long form adaptation of Ken Follett’s best-seller, The Pillars of the Earth; in the Roman epic adventure, The Eagle, opposite Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell for director Kevin Macdonald; in Simon West’s The Mechanic with Jason Statham and Ben Foster; in Seth Gordon’s Horrible Bosses as Colin Farrell’s father and in Mary McGuckian’s Man on the Train with U2’s Larry Mullen, Jr. He has appeared as Nicole Kidman’s father in Anthony Minghella’s ColdMountain; as Charlize Theron’s father in F. Gary Gray’s The Italian Job and as Mr. Bennett, Keira Knightley’s father, in Pride and Prejudice. For the latter he received a Chicago Film Critics nomination.

 

Sutherland’s other films include Paul Mazursky’s Alex in Wonderland; Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun; Bud Yorkin’s Start the Revolution Without Me; John Sturges’ The Eagle HasLanded; Herbert Ross’ Max Dugan Returns; Louis Malle’s Crackers; Phillip Borsos’ Bethune; Oliver Stone’s JFK; Ron Howard’s  Backdraft; Richard Marquand’s Eye of the Needle; Euzhan Palcy’s A Dry WhiteSeason with Marlon Brando; Richard Pearce’s Threshold, for which he won the 1983 Genie Award as Best Actor; Fred Schepisi’s film adaptation of John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation; Robert Towne’s Without Limits; and John Landis’ National Lampoon’s Animal House, in which he made a memorable cameo appearance. He has starred as the voice of ‘General Stone’ in the animated feature of the manga classic, Astro Boy; in Andy Tennant’s Fool’s Gold; in Griffin Dunne’s FiercePeople with Diane Lane; in Robert Towne’s Ask the Dust with Salma Hayek and Colin Farrell; in American Gun with Forrest Whitaker; in An American Haunting with Sissy Spacek; in Landof the Blind with Ralph Fiennes and in Aurora Borealis with Louise Fletcher and Juliette Lewis. He is part of a sterling ensemble of on-camera readers in the biographical feature on the life of Dalton Trumbo, Trumbo.

 

In television, Sutherland won both Primetime Emmy® and Golden Globe® awards as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the HBO film Citizen X and he won a Golden Globe® for his portrayal of Clark Clifford, advisor to President Lyndon B. Johnson, in the HBO historical drama Path to War, directed by the late John Frankenheimer.

 

Sutherland stars alongside an international cast in Tandem’s international action crime series, Crossing Lines, which recently completed filming on its second season in Prague. Sutherland co-starred with Peter Krause in the ABC-TV series Dirty SexyMoney. For his performance as the family patriarch, Tripp Darling, he was nominated for a 2007 Golden Globe® as Best Supporting Actor. Prior to that, he co-starred with Geena Davis in the ABC drama series Commander-in-Chief, and was nominated for a Golden Globe® as Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of House Speaker, Nathan Templeton. At the same time, he was nominated for a Golden Globe® as Best Actor for his performance opposite Mira Sorvino in Lifetime Television’s much-lauded miniseries, Human Trafficking.

 

On stage, Sutherland starred with Justin Kirk and Julianna Margulies in a sold-out, critically acclaimed, Lincoln Center engagement of Jon Robin Baitz’s Ten Unknowns. For that performance he received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Best Actor. He also starred in the London, Toronto and Los Angeles productions of Enigmatic Variations, an English language translation (by his son Roeg Sutherland) of Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt’s French play.

           

Donald Sutherland was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada in 1978 and a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres in France five years later. In 2012, he was awarded the highest French honor, the Officier des Arts et Lettres.

WILLOW SHIELDS

Primrose Everdeen

WILLOW SHIELDS (Primrose Everdeen) born and raised in New Mexico, is most notably recognized for her role as ‘Primrose Everdeen’ in the epic portrayal of the fan favorite book series The Hunger Games. Shields began acting at the age of seven years old and thanks to her unique look, down-to-earth personality and easy to work with demeanor, she has quickly caught the eye of Hollywood big wigs.

Shields became interested in acting when she followed her brother to a handful of auditions and her passion and drive quickly shined through. She booked her first guest starring role as ‘Liza Rogan’ on USA’s In Plain Sight. She continued onto roles in the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Beyond the Blackboard alongside Emily VanCamp as ‘Grace,’ and R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour as ‘Eve.’ However, it was her role as ‘Primrose Everdeen’ in The Hunger Games that put Shields on the map as one-to-watch. Shields caught the eye of world famous fashion designer Marc Jacobs who was adamant on dressing the young starlet for a variety of events and award shows, even coining her as his muse in Nylon magazine.

Shields grew up with her older brother River and fraternal twin sister Autumn in an animal loving home with their four dogs (Jude, Arizona, Polly and Neo) and one pet cat named Clue. During her downtime she enjoys photography, dance and spending time with her family and friends. She dreams of one day learning how to design and create her own clothing—everything from drawing to assembly of the garments. A charity that she holds near and dear to her heart is Operation Smile, which gives children a new lease on life by providing pro-bono surgeries to fix cleft palate, cleft lip and other facial deformities across the globe.

SAM CLAFLIN

Finnick Odair

Since graduating from LAMDA in 2009 SAM CLAFLIN [Finnick Odair] has worked on a number of prestigious projects.

 

2014 is already shaping up to be a huge year for Sam with a number of projects out in cinemas. Sam has most recently been seen in Hammer Horror film The Quiet Onesin which Sam plays opposite Jarred Harris. September will see Sam star in Lone Scherfig’s new film The Riot Club, based on the London stage play Posh alongside Max Irons, Douglas Booth and Holliday Grainger. The film follows students at Oxford University as they join the infamous Riot Club, where reputations can be made or destroyed over the course of a single evening. This will be followed by Love, Rosie. This film version of Cecilia Ahern’s novel Where Rainbows End sees Sam star with Lily Collins as lovers in this romantic comedy drama set in Dublin and Toronto. The film is due out in October.

 

In 2012 Sam starredinbox office hit Snow White and the Huntsman playing Prince William alongside Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth. The previous year Sam made a name for himself as youthful missionary ‘Philip’, the romantic lead in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

 

Sam has also starred in a number of outstanding television projects. Last year he was seen on screens opposite Hilary Swank in Richard Curtis’ BBC One drama Mary & Martha,which was shown to coincide with Red Nose Day and to raise awareness about malaria in Africa. In 2012 Sam played Jack in White Heat an epic drama for the BBC charting the lives of seven friends from 1965 to the present day. He starred in Unitedalongside David Tennant, Dougray Scott and Jack O'Connell.  In this one off film for the BBC, Sam played the talented footballer Duncan Edwards in the tragic story of the Munich Air Crash of 1958, which killed and injured a number of members in the Manchester United team. 

 

In 2010 Sam was seen in the hit Channel 4 mini-series Pillars of the Earthbased on Ken Follett’s novel of the same name. In this drama Sam played Richard alongside Eddie Redmayne, Hayley Atwell and Ian McShane.  Sam also starred in the critically acclaimed adaptation of William Boyd’s Any Human Heart for Channel 4 which won a BAFTA Award for best drama serial.  Sam played the younger years of lead character Logan, sharing the role with Jim Broadbent and Matthew Macfadyen. The same year Sam also appeared in The Lost Future,a sci-fi adventure in which he played ‘Kaleb’ alongside Sean Bean and Annabelle Wallis. 

JENA MALONE

Johanna Mason

As a rising actress distinguished by her versatility and multidimensional roles, JENA MALONE [Johanna Mason] continues to evolve with each new project.

 

Later this year, Malone can be seen in Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice. Warner Brothers will release the film on December 12, 2014. The film co-stars Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Sean Penn and Joaquin Phoenix.

 

Malone was also recently seen in The Wait, opposite Chloë Sevigny about two sisters who decide to keep their deceased mother in their home after being informed that she will come back to life.

 

She most recently wrapped production on Oren Moverman's Time Out of Men starring alongside Richard Gere. The film is about a New Yorker (Gere) who enters a shelter when he runs out of housing options, then struggles to put the pieces of his life back together and fix a troubled relationship with his estranged daughter (Malone). Additionally, Malone recently wrapped production on Mitchell Lichtenstein's Angelica, a psychological thriller set in 1880s London based on the novel of the same name by bestselling author Arthur Phillips (Prague, The Egyptologist). Malone will play Constance, a young shop girl who falls for and marries Dr. Joseph Barton. After the difficult childbirth of their daughter Angelica, doctor-ordered celibacy creates a rift in the Bartons' marriage and a ghostly force enters their home.

 

She is also attached the highly anticipated film, Lonely Hunter. In this biopic, Malone will star in the title role as Carson McCullers.

 

Malone was recently cast to play the lead role in Dori Oskowitz's Claire. The American remake of Eric Rohmer's 1982 French pic Le Beau Mariage, follows an eccentric young woman in her twenties living in Long Island with her aunt and teenage cousin. Fed up with her married painter lover, Claire sets her sights on a man she barely knows with aims to get herself married.

 

In spring 2013, Malone directed her first music video for the band Lavender Diamond. The video for The Incorruptible Heart was released exclusively on MTV Buzzworthy.

 

Malone starred opposite Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton in the History Channel's mini-series Hatfields & McCoys which isbased on a true story, and chronicles the bloody hostilities between two clans that escalated to the point of near war between two states. The mini-series broke cable records and became the new most-watched entertainment telecast of all time on cable and also earned a Primetime Emmy® Nomination for Outstanding Mini-Series and a Golden Globe® Nomination for Best Mini-Series.

 

Malone also recently starred in the independent feature In Our Nature opposite John Slattery and Zach Gilford about an estranged father and son who are forced to share a vacation home with their respective girlfriends after a scheduling mistake. The film premiered at SXSW as well as the Sarasota Film Festival and was released on video-on-demand and DVD in February 2013.

 

Previously, Malone starred in Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, Ami Mann's Dakota, Oren Moverman's The Messenger, Sean Penn's Into the Wild, Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain, and Brian Dannelly's Saved! and Joe Wright's Pride and Prejudice. As a young actress, Malone starred opposite Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon in Stepmom, the cult classic, Donnie Darko and her very first role in the independent film Bastard Out of Carolina which earned her an Independent Spirit Award® nomination for Best Debut Performance.

 

Malone has guest starred on several television series including Law & Order and Chicago Hope, and her performance in the TV film Hope earned Malone a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV.

 

Malone is also currently touring with her band, The Shoe. Jena and her bandmate, Lem Jay Ignacio, met in 2008 and shortly after started recording together. Jena built an instrument she plays called “The Shoe” which includes an old steamer trunk with a plethora of electronic instruments inside. Their first EP At Lem Jay's Garage came out in 2009 under Jena's label There Was an Old Woman Records. Their full length album I'm Okay was released in spring 2014.

 

Malone currently resides in Los Angeles.

MAHERSHALA ALI

Boggs

MAHERSHALA ALI [Boggs] is fast becoming one of the freshest and most in-demand faces in Hollywood with his extraordinarily diverse skill set and wide-ranging background in film, television and theater.

 

Ali can currently be seen on the award-winning Netflix original series House of Cards, where he will reprise his role as lobbyist and former press secretary Remy Danton for a third season in February 2015.

 

This fall, Ali will appear in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, the third installment in the critically and commercially acclaimed Hunger Games franchise, alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julianne Moore. As District 13’s Head of Security, ‘Boggs’ (Ali) guides and protects Katniss (Lawrence) through the beginning stages of the district’s rebellion against the Capitol, a partnership that grows even stronger in Mockingjay -Part 2. Lionsgate will release the film in November 2014, and Mockingjay - Part 2 in November 2015.

 

Ali’s previous feature film credits include Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines opposite Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper, Wayne Kramer’s Crossing Over starring Harrison Ford, John Sayles’ Go For Sisters, and David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

 

On television, he appeared opposite Julia Ormond in Lifetime’s The Wronged Man for which he subsequently received a NAACP Nomination for Best Actor.  Ali also had a large recurring role on SyFy’s Alphas, as well as the role of Richard Tyler, a Korean War pilot, on the critically acclaimed drama The 4400 for three seasons.

 

On the stage, Ali appeared in productions of Blues for an Alabama Sky, The School for Scandal, A Lie of the Mind, A Doll’s House, Monkey in the Middle, The Merchant of Venice, The New Place and Secret Injury, Secret Revenge. His additional stage credits include appearing in Washington, D.C. at the Arena Stage in the title role of The Great White Hope, and in The Long Walk and Jack and Jill.

 

Originally from Oakland, California, Ali received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications at St. Mary’s College. He made his professional debut performing with the California Shakespeare Festival in Orinda, California. Soon after, he earned his Master’s degree in acting from New York University’s prestigious graduate program.

ELDEN HENSON

Pollux

From his early years as a staple in The Mighty Ducks film franchise to starring in films like The Butterfly Effect, ELDEN HENSON[Pollux] has been a steady force in film & television for over 30 years. In 2013, Henson appeared in the Steve Jobs biopic JOBS. The feature premiered as the closing film at the 2013 Sundance International Film Festival. Henson quickly followed that up with an ensemble role in the CBS Drama Intelligence. That momentum continued into 2014 as Henson is set to appear in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 & 2 the next two installments of the popular global franchise The Hunger Games. Henson will next been seen playing the role of "Foggy Nelson" in the upcoming Marvel/Netflix series Daredevil

NATALIE DORMER

Cressida

Actress NATALIE DORMER [Cressida] stars as Margaery Tyrell, the would-be queen, on HBO’s award-winning series Game of Thrones, which will soon begin production on its 5th Season.

 

She has also completed work on the indie film, The Riot Club, with Max Irons and Hunger Games cast mate Sam Claflin.

 

Dormer is well-known for her starring role as Anne Boleyn on Showtime’s hit period drama, The Tudors.  She recently appeared in the recurring role of Irene Adler, on CBS’ Sherlock Holmes rendition Elementary. Other past television credits includes recurring roles on BBC Television’s series The Fades and Silk.

 

In film, Dormer recently starred opposite Chris Hemsworth and Olivia Wilde in director Ron Howard’s Rush for Universal, and opposite Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and Cameron Diaz in director Ridley Scott’s The Counselor.  Additional film credits include The Weinstein’s Company’s W.E., from writer/director Madonna, Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger, Fencewalker,A Long Way Home, City of Life, Flawless with Demi Moore and Michael Caine, and Casanova.

 

In March 2010, Dormer made her stage debut at the Young Vic theatre in London as Mizi in the play Sweet Nothings.  She returned to the theater in 2012 starring in the title role of After Miss Julie by Patrick Marber.

 

In March 2013, Dormer played the Lady Door in the radio dramatization of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and James McAvoy.

 

She currently resides in London.


EVAN ROSS

Messalla

EVAN ROSS [Messalla] most recently wrapped filming his supporting role for the Lionsgate features The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 1 & 2. In 2013 Ross was seen in the VH1 biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story.  Prior he shot The Wilderness of James opposite Isabelle Fuhrman and Virginia Madsen. Ross won Breakthrough Performance Award at the 2011 South by Southwest Festival for his performance in the film 96 Minutes opposite Brittany Snow. Ross can also be seen in Paramount’s, Jeff, Who Lives at Home with other recent credits including 90210 (CW), Luck (HBO) and Mooz-Lum opposite Danny Glover and Nia Long. 

WES CHATHAM

Castor

WES CHATHAM [Castor] was born and raised in North Georgia. At the age of 13, Wes attended the Gift Center in Lawrencville, GA and while attending classes here, a professional theater company out of Atlanta started a mentoring program with the school and Wes was chosen to write a play that was later performed by his classmates. It was from this experience that Wes found his passion for the arts.


After high school, Wes joined the military as an aviation firefighter on the flight deck of the USS Essex, working in crash and salvage for four years.  Wes's first break came just three months before his tour was finished when Denzel Washington chose his ship to shoot the movie Antwone Fisher. While searching for authentic military servicemen for the movie, casting director Robi Reed discovered Wes.  She soon convinced him to make the move to Hollywood and shortly thereafter cast him in his first series regular role on Showtime's Barbershop

 

Wes began to garner attention when Paul Haggis cast him as Corporal Steve Penning in In the Valley of Elah opposite Tommy Lee Jones.  

 

Following this, Wes worked with Oliver Stone in W, David Mamet and Shawn Ryan on the CBS series The Unit, and was part of the SAG Award®-winning ensemble cast of DreamWorks The Help, starring opposite Emma Stone as her brother. The ensemble cast also included Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain, Allison Janney, Mike Vogel and Sissy Spacek. 

 

Wes landed his first title role in Joel Silver's The Philly Kid.  Wes dived into the world of mixed martial arts and performed all of his own stunts and fighting in the film.  

 

Recently, Wes wrapped two films; Broken Horses opposite Anton Yelchin and Vincent D'Onofrio, and the upcoming MGM/Blumhouse remake of the cult classic film The Town that Dreaded Sundown.  Both are due in theaters late 2013 early 2014.

FRANCIS LAWRENCE

Director

Over the past two decades, FRANCIS LAWRENCE [Director] has captivated audiences around the world with his creative body of work. A director and producer of film, music videos, and television, Lawrence has established himself as a longstanding artistic visionary that can not only cater to any demographic, but is also able to understand and convey the visions of some of the world’s most influential artists.

 

Lawrence is currently in post-production on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, the third installment to the hugely popular Hunger Games franchise. The film, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Philip Seymour-Hoffman and Julianne Moore, will be released by Lionsgate in November 2014. Lawrence most recently directed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which was released in November 2013 and has earned over $850 million worldwide.

 

Lawrence made his feature film debut in 2005 with Constantine, based on the Hellblazer comic book, starting Keanu Reeves and Rachel Weisz. That was followed up by the 2007 hit movie, I Am Legend, a science fiction-horror-action-disaster film adapted from the Richard Matheson novel of the same name, starring Will Smith. In 2011, Lawrence directed Water for Elephants, based on the best-selling novel by Sara Gruen and starring Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz.  

 

Lawrence is also a noted music video director, having won a GRAMMY® (Lady Gaga, "Bad Romance"), Latin  GRAMMY® (Shakira, “Whenever Whatever”), and multiple VMA awards.  He has worked with artists such as Jay-Z, Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Aerosmith, Janet Jackson and many others. Francis has also directed commercials for many high profile clients including The Gap, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, L’Oreal, Bacardi, McDonald’s, Disneyland, Oldsmobile, Covergirl, and Maybelline.

 

Lawrence is also experienced in the world of television. In 2008, he served as Director and Executive Producer on the pilot and several episodes of the acclaimed series Kings. In 2011, he directed the pilot episode of FOX's Touch, featuring Kiefer Sutherland, which he continued on as Executive Producer for both seasons of the show.

NINA JACOBSON

Producer

NINA JACOBSON [Producer] has built an impressive 20-year career as a senior film executive at three major motion picture studios.  Her first film as producer and the first film for her company, Color Force, was Diary of a Wimpy Kid which grossed over $75 million worldwide and led to the production of the successful sequels, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days. Jacobson produced The Hunger Games, based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel and its sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The two films have grossed a remarkable $1.5 billion combined worldwide with the next two films in the series, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 scheduled for release on November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015 respectively.

 

Jacobson and her Color Force partner Brad Simpson are currently developing feature films based on the international best-selling novels Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple, Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians and Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch.  They are also in production on a limited television series OJ Simpson: The Run of His Life with FX productions which will air on Fox in 2015.

 

Prior to forming Color Force, Jacobson was president of the Walt Disney Motion Picture Group, where she oversaw script development and film production for Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures.  During her tenure, 15 of Jacobson’s projects grossed over $100 million domestically, including Pirates of the Caribbean, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Princess DiariesThe Pirates of the Caribbean franchise became the highest grossing film in Disney’s history, generating almost three billion dollars in worldwide box office.

 

Before joining the Walt Disney Motion Picture Group, Jacobson was a senior film executive at DreamWorks SKG, where she developed What Lies Beneath and originated the idea of DreamWorks’ first animated feature, Antz. She also held positions at Universal, Parkes/MacDonald Productions, Silver Pictures and began her career at Disney Sunday Movie.

 

Jacobson is a graduate of Brown University and currently lives in Brentwood with her partner Jennifer and their three children, Noah, Josie and William.

 

JON KILIK

Producer

JON KILIK (Producer) has become one of New York’s most notable film producers, collaborating with a wide range of auteur directors to create a body of work with an emphasis on human values and social issues.

 

In 1988, Kilik began his partnership with Spike Lee and has gone on to produce twelve of Lee’s films. They include Inside Man, Clockers, Malcolm X, and the groundbreaking Do The Right Thing, which was recently selected by The Smithsonian Institute for The National Film Archives. Kilik also produced Robert De Niro’s highly acclaimed directorial debut, A Bronx Tale, based on the play by Chazz Palminteri.

 

In 1995, Kilik produced Tim Robbins’ Academy Award® winner, Dead Man Walking, based on Sister Helen Prejean’s account of her work with Louisiana death row inmates, starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. The same year he produced Julian Schnabel’s directorial debut, Basquiat, starring Jeffrey Wright as Jean-Michel Basquiat and David Bowie as Andy Warhol. Next, Kilik teamed with Gary Ross and Steven Soderbergh to produce Ross’ directorial debut, Pleasantville, a comic look at the alternate worlds of the American family in the 1950s and 1990s featuring Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon.

 

In 2000, Kilik produced Julian Schnabel’s Before Night Falls, based on the autobiography of Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas, starring Javier Bardem. Before Night Falls premiered at the Venice Film Festival where it won the Grand Jury Prize and Best Actor awards. The same year, Kilik also produced Ed Harris’ directorial debut, Pollock, starring Harris as American painter Jackson Pollock.  Ed Harris and Javier Bardem were each nominated for the Best Actor Oscar® at the 2001 Academy Awards®.

 

Next, Kilik traveled to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation where he produced Skins, directed by Chris Eyre.  The film features Graham Greene as a Native American who returns home from service in Vietnam but cannot survive in his Pine Ridge, South Dakota home. In 2004, Jon produced Oliver Stone’s Alexander

 

Kilik returned to New York in 2005 to produce the very personal Broken Flowers, by

writer/director Jim Jarmusch, starring Bill Murray and winner of the Cannes Film Festival Grand Jury Prize in 2005.

 

Kilik began another international production when he partnered with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu to produce Babel. The shoot took place in Morocco, Mexico and Japan. The four uniquely interwoven stories are in Arabic, Spanish, English and Japanese. Babel premiered at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival where it won the prize for Best Director, and went on to win the Golden Globe® Award for Best Feature Film Drama and was nominated for seven Academy Awards®, including Best Picture.

 

In 2007 Kilik produced Julian Schnabel’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, based on the inspiring autobiography by Jean-Dominique Bauby. Kilik won his second Golden Globe® for The Diving Bell and the film was nominated for four Academy Awards®.

 

In 2008 Kilik produced the rock and roll documentary, Lou Reed’s BERLIN, directed by Julian Schnabel as well as executive producing Jim Jarmusch’s Limits Of Control, Spike Lee’s Miracle At St. Anna and Oliver Stone’s W.  In addition to Biutiful, most recently Kilik has produced Julian Schnabel’s Miral in Israel and Palestine.

 

Jon was born in Newark, New Jersey and grew up in Millburn. He graduated from the University of Vermont and moved to New York in 1979 to pursue a career in filmmaking. He returned to his Vermont alma mater to receive an honorary doctorate and deliver the commencement address to the class of 2003.

BRYAN UNKELESS

Co-Producer

As Senior Vice President of Production and Development at Color Force, BRYAN UNKELESS [Co-Producer] was a co-producer on The Hunger Games and Catching Fire.  He was the development executive on the wildly successful Diary of a Wimpy Kid franchise, which is based off of Jeff Kinney’s best-selling children’s books.  The third film in the series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days—starring Steve Zahn, Rachel Harris and Zachary Gordon—was released in August of 2012.

 

Unkeless was a development executive on Lone Sherfig’s adaptation of the best-selling novel One Day by David Nicholls.  Starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess, One Day was released by Focus Features in 2011.

 

Prior to joining Color Force, Unkeless worked at Parkes-MacDonald Productions where he was involved with projects such as The Burning Plain—written and directed by Guillermo Arriaga—and The Uninvited—directed  by the Guard Brothers.

 

A graduate of Duke University, Unkeless enjoys art, swimming, running, cycling and watching the Denver Broncos win. 

DANNY STRONG

Screenwriter

As an award-winning filmmaker, DANNY STRONG [Screenwriter] is attracted to powerful and inspiring events that examine and expose the political, social, and cultural fabric of the world we live in. Strong’s recent work with some of today’s most influential creators further showcases his ability to bring complex characters to the fore with his writing.

 

Strong wrote the screenplay for the acclaimed film The Butler starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. Directed by Lee Daniels, it was the sleeper hit of 2013, grossing over 100 million dollars at the US box office. He also wrote and produced the highly acclaimed HBO Film Game Change about the 2008 election. Starring Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson, the film was nominated for 12 Primetime Emmys® and won for Best Movie/Mini-series. Danny personally won a Primetime Emmy® for Outstanding Writing, a Writers Guild Award, a Golden Globe®, the Producers Guild Award, a Peabody and the Pen Award for the film. His debut script was the HBO Film Recount, a movie about the Florida recount in the 2000 election. Starring Kevin Spacey, Dennis Leary and Laura Dern, the film was nominated for 11 Primetime Emmys® and won for Best TV movie. Danny was nominated for the Primetime Emmy® for Outstanding Writing and he won the Writers Guild Award for the film.

 

He is currently writing a film remake of Guys and Dolls for FOX Studios. Along with Lee Daniels, he created and will executive produce the upcoming TV series Empire for FOX. The show will star Terrence Howard and Tariji P. Henson and will debut in January 2015, airing after American Idol.

 

In addition to his thriving career as a screenwriter, Strong is also an actor with extensive credits in film, television and theater, and has appeared in many of the most famous television shows of the last two decades. As an actor he is best known for the five seasons he played Jonathan on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the four seasons he played Doyle on Gilmore Girls. His other credits include such iconic projects as Pleasantville, Seinfeld, Nip/Tuck, Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother and many more. Most recently he has been seen on season 4 and 6 of Mad Men playing Danny Siegel, on season 5 of Justified, playing the villainous Prison Guard Albert Fekus, and the recent season of HBO’s Girls, playing Pal, Elijah’s (Andrew Rannells) nasty boyfriend.  On stage, he has appeared in over 50 plays and musicals in regional and LA theaters.

PETER CRAIG

Screenwriter

PETER CRAIG [Screenwriter] is a novelist and screenwriter who wrote The Town with Ben Affleck & Aaron Stockard. Among his books are Hot Plastic and Blood Father, which he adapted for the screen and will be released in 2015.

KURT and BART

Costume Designers

The design team of KURT AND BART [Costume Designers] is a creative collaboration born out of a chance meeting at the University of Colorado in 1983.  Formally educated in the notorious NYC club scene of the 1980’s, their sartorial obsession and shared sensibility has traversed the worlds of fashion, music, theatre and film.

 

In 2014 Kurt and Bart received the Costume Designer’s Guild Award nomination for Excellence in Period Film for their work on the Oscar® winning drama Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, starring Mathew McConaughey and Jared Leto.

 

Stoker starring Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska was an opportunity to work with internationally acclaimed auteur director Park Chan-wook.  Their costume design work was nominated for the 2014 London Film Critics Circle for Technical Achievement.

 

Their previous work in film is as varied as the gritty noir Out of the Furnace starring Christian Bale and directed by Scott Cooper for Relativity, to the dance musical Step Up 3D directed by Jon M. Chu for Summit Entertainment and Touchstone Pictures.

 

Kurt and Bart’s filmography includes Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s It’s Kind of a Funny Story with Zach Galifianakis and Emma Roberts, Todd Solandz Dark Horse with Mia Farrow and Selma Blair, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Freidman’s Howl with James Franco and John Hamm, Dito Montiel’s Fighting with Channing Tatum, Daniel Barnz Phoebe in Wonderland with Elle Fanning, and John Cameron Mitchell’s notorious Shortbus.

 

Their early career included designing their own clothing line called Design Asylum and creating costumes for commercials and music videos.  They stood out as styling team with an approach as much about pulling fashion looks as it was about designing and building custom pieces to realize a visual image.  As stylists, Kurt and Bart have worked with some of the world’s strongest and most prolific image makers, among them, Steven Klein, Herb Ritts, Patrick Demarchelier, Matthew Rolston, Francis Lawrence, Dean Karr, Mark Seliger, and Mary Ellen Mark. They have created lasting images with such music icons as David Bowie, Ozzy Osbourne, Marilyn Manson, Courtney Love, Pink, and Britney Spears.