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ABOUT THE CAST

COLIN FARRELL’s (Alexander) first starring role was in Deirdre Purcell’s miniseries Falling for a Dancer. He subsequently starred in the BBC series Ballykissangel and in Tim Roth’s directorial debut, The War Zone. He also had a small role in Thaddeus O’Sullivan’s Dublin gangster movie Ordinary Decent Criminal, opposite Kevin Spacey.

Farrell recently wrapped filming A Home at the End of the World, based on the novel by Michael Cunningham (The Hours). His first U.S. film was Tigerland, directed by Joel Schumacher, and Farrell was next seen as Jesse James in American Outlaws.

Other film credits include the World War II drama Hart’s War opposite Bruce Willis, co-starring with Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg’s hit film Minority Report, starring opposite Ben Affleck in Daredevil, as well as co-starring with Al Pacino in The Recruit and Samuel L. Jackson in S.W.A.T. In addition, Farrell reunited with Joel Schumacher as the star in the hit thriller Phone Booth, and had a cameo role in the director’s Veronica Guerin. He can also be seen in the Irish film Intermission.

Following the completion of his role in Alexander, Farrell traveled to South Africa to star for writer-director Robert Towne in Ask the Dust, based on the classic novel by John Fante, and then segued to Virginia and English locations to portray Captain John Smith in filmmaker Terrence Malick’s The New World, about early encounters between European and American Indian cultures.

Academy Award and three time Golden Globe winner ANGELINA JOLIE (Olympias) recently starred in the thriller Taking Lives, and for the second time as the adventurous heroine in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life, following the romantic comedy Life or Something Like It and the drama Beyond Borders. She currently stars opposite Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow; provides one of the voices for DreamWorks’ animated film Shark Tale; and next year will star opposite Brad Pitt in Mr. and Mrs. Smith for director Doug Liman.

In 2001 she starred as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider for director Simon West, and also starred in Original Sin opposite Antonio Banderas for Gia writer/director Michael Cristofer and producer Denise Di Novi. The previous year, Jolie was seen along with co-stars Nicolas Cage and Robert Duvall as car thieves committing their final heist in the smash hit Gone in 60 Seconds for producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Jolie’s portrayal of a mental patient in Girl, Interrupted garnered Jolie an Academy Award, her third Golden Globe Award, a Broadcast Film Critics Award, ShoWest Supporting Actress of the Year, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1999. The film, based on the true story by Susanna Kayson, was directed by James Mangold and co-starred Winona Ryder.

Prior to that, Jolie played a rookie police officer opposite Denzel Washington’s veteran detective in the thriller The Bone Collector, directed by Phillip Noyce. Jolie then co-starred in Mike Newell’s Pushing Tin, a black comedy about the rivalry between two air traffic controllers. The Miramax film Playing By Heart earned her the National Board of Review’s award for Breakthrough Performance.

The HBO film Gia garnered Jolie critical praise as well as a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of the supermodel. Jolie also received an Emmy nomination for her role opposite Gary Sinise in director John Frankenheimer’s George Wallace, a period epic for TNT about the controversial governor from Alabama. The film earned Jolie her first Golden Globe Award and a CableACE nomination for her portrayal of George Wallace’s second wife, Cornelia.

Jolie also co-starred in Playing God for Touchstone Pictures, and prior to that starred in the Hallmark Hall of Fame four-hour miniseries presentation True Women, directed by Karen Arthur and based on Janice Woods Windle’s best selling historical novel. In addition, she starred in Annette Haywood-Carter’s much acclaimed Foxfire for Samuel Goldwyn and Iain Softley’s Hackers.

A member of the famed MET Theatre Ensemble Workshop, Jolie trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and has also studied with Jan Tarrant in New York and Silvana Gallardo in Los Angeles.

VAL KILMER (Philip) is one of the most prolific actors of his generation. From his early work in Top Gun through his work with Oliver Stone in The Doors and Michael Mann in Heat, to his newest work as a career military officer in David Mamet’s Spartan, Kilmer has worked with many of film’s most respected directors and actors.

The youngest student ever admitted to the drama department at Juilliard, Kilmer made his feature debut in the comedy Top Secret, which he followed up with Real Genius and his breakout role as the Iceman in Tony Scott’s Top Gun opposite Tom Cruise.

Kilmer’s other memorable roles include Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone’s The Doors, the title character in Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever, Doc Holliday in Tombstone and Simon Templar in The Saint. His other starring roles include Michael Mann’s Heat with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, True Romance, directed by Tony Scott, Ron Howard’s Willow, At First Sight and Thunderheart. He recently won the 2003 Prism Award for his work in The Salton Sea, and appeared in the 3-D epic Wings of Courage, as well as voicing the character of Moses in the animated film The Prince of Egypt.

During the production of Wonderland, Kilmer began a photography project which has blossomed into a behind-the-scenes pictorial book. Released by Pocket Book, the photographs will also be exhibited in several cities in the United States.

Kilmer’s films also include Renny Harlin’s Mindhunters, the animated feature Delgo, Ron Howard’s The Missing, Blind Horizon, Stateside, Wonderland and a role opposite Robert Downey, Jr. in the upcoming Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang.

When Kilmer was at Juilliard, he co-wrote the play How It All Began, based on the true story of a West German radical. The play was directed by Des McAnuff and produced by Joseph Papp for the Public Theatre. He made his Broadway debut in the 1983 production of Slab Boys with Sean Penn and Kevin Bacon. He also appeared in Papp’s Delacorte Theatre production of Henry IV: Part One, As You Like It, the title role of Hamlet and ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore, also at Papp’s Public Theatre.

    

On television, Kilmer starred in the critically acclaimed HBO Original Movie The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains, for which he received a CableACE nomination, and in Gore Vidal’s Billy the Kid, playing the title role.

ANTHONY HOPKINS (Ptolemy) received an Academy Award for his performance in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), and was subsequently nominated in the same category for his performances in The Remains of the Day (1993) and Oliver Stone’s Nixon (1995). He was also presented with the Best Actor Award by the British Academy of Film & Television Arts for The Remains of the Day. In 1993, he starred in Richard Attenborough’s Shadowlands with Debra Winger, winning numerous critics awards in the U.S. and Britain. In 1998, he was nominated as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as John Quincy Adams in Steven Spielberg’s Amistad.

Hopkins repeated his Oscar-winning role as Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter in both Ridley Scott’s blockbuster Hannibal and in Brett Ratner’s highly successful prequel Red Dragon, in which he starred with Edward Norton, Ralph Fiennes and Emily Watson. He also recorded the narration for the 2000 holiday season’s hit film Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

In 1998, he starred in Meet Joe Black, directed by Martin Brest; Instinct, directed by Jon Turteltaub; and in Titus, Julie Taymor’s film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus.

In 1992, Hopkins appeared in Howard’s End and Bram Stoker’s Dracula before starring in Legends of the Fall and The Road to Wellville. He made his directorial debut in 1995 with August, an adaptation of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya for which he composed the musical score as well as playing Vanya. He starred in the title role in Surviving Picasso and with Alec Baldwin in The Edge, a dramatic adventure written by David Mamet. The Mask of Zorro, directed by Martin Campbell and co-starring Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, was released in July 1998, and Amistad, directed by Steven Spielberg, was released in December 1997.

Earlier films include 84 Charing Cross Road, The Elephant Man, Magic, The Bounty, Desperate Hours and A Bridge Too Far. In American television, he received two Emmy Awards for The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976) in which he portrayed Bruno Hauptmann, and The Bunker (1981) in which he portrayed Adolf Hitler.

In 1960, Hopkins was invited to audition for Sir Laurence Olivier, then director of the National Theatre at the Old Vic. Two years later, Hopkins was Olivier’s understudy in Strindberg’s Dance of Death. He made his film debut in 1968, playing Richard the Lionheart in The Lion in Winter, starring Peter O’Toole and Katharine Hepburn. He received a British Academy Award nomination and the film received an Academy Award as Best Picture.

American television viewers discovered Hopkins in the 1973 ABC production of Leon Uris’ QBVII, the first U.S. mini-series, in which he played the knighted Polish-born British physician Adam Kelno. The following year, he starred on Broadway in the National Theatre production of Equus, and later mounted another production of the play in Los Angeles where he lived for 10 years, working extensively in American films and television.

After starring as Captain Bligh in The Bounty (1984), he returned to England and the National Theatre in David Hare’s Pravda, for which he received the British Theatre Association’s Best Actor Award and The Observer Award for Outstanding Achievement at the 1985 Laurence Olivier Awards. During this time at the National he starred in Antony and Cleopatra and King Lear.

Hopkins also appeared in the feature adaptation of Stephen King’s Hearts in Atlantis for director Scott Hicks, the action comedy Bad Company, co-starring Chris Rock, and in director Robert Benton’s adaptation of the Philip Roth novel The Human Stain, opposite Nicole Kidman. He will next be seen opposite Gweneth Paltrow in Proof and is currently in production on The World’s Fastest Indian for director Roger Donaldson.

ROSARIO DAWSON (Roxane) has emerged as one of the busiest leading ladies in Hollywood. Most recently, she starred opposite The Rock, Seann William Scott and Christopher Walken in The Rundown. Immediately following, she appeared in the drama Shattered Glass, and in This Girl’s Life, which has been making its run in the festivals this year.

Up next for Dawson, she stars in the Robert Rodriguez/Frank Miller film noir drama Sin City. She will play the role of ‘Gail’ in the third and final installment of the film based on Miller’s graphic novel series, which also stars Benicio Del Toro, Clive Owen and Brittany Murphy. This film hits theatres on April 1st, 2005.

Dawson was recently seen on the big screen starring in the critically acclaimed Spike Lee film 25th Hour, opposite Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Barry Pepper. She also starred opposite Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black II and in The Adventures of Pluto Nash, starring opposite Eddie Murphy. She also appeared in Chelsea Walls for director Ethan Hawke, which was based on the play of the same name.

Dawson’s credits include Sidewalks of New York, a romantic comedy written, directed and starring Edward Burns. She also appears in The First $20 Million is Always the Hardest, written by Jon Favreau and directed by Mick Jackson, and in Burns’ more recent film Ash Wednesday.

She can also be seen in the independent film Love in the Time of Money, written and directed by theatre director Peter Mattei, which premiered with high acclaim at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. Dawson recently produced a 15-minute short entitled Bliss Virus, written and directed by Talia Lugacy.

Dawson made her film debut in the controversial hit Kids. Directed by photographer Larry Clark, with a script by Harmony Korine, Kids debuted with a surprise midnight screening at the Sundance Film Festival and had a spot in the main competition at the Cannes Film Festival.

Dawson’s other film credits include Spike Lee’s He Got Game opposite Denzel Washington, Light It Up opposite Forest Whitaker, Down to You with Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Josie and the Pussycats with Rachael Leigh Cook and Tara Reid.

Following his harrowing turn opposite Jennifer Connelly and Ellen Burstyn in Darren Aronofsky’s acclaimed Requiem for a Dream, JARED LETO (Hephaistion) starred alongside Jodie Foster, Forest Whitaker and Dwight Yoakum in David Fincher’s thriller Panic Room. He will next be seen starring opposite Nicolas Cage and Ethan Hawke in Lord of War, as well as the psychological thriller Awake.

Leto gained notoriety for fleshing out a wide range of supporting roles in several distinctive projects, including Prefontaine – a docudrama that chronicles the tragic life of Steve Prefontaine, an Olympic hopeful in long-distance running; David Fincher’s Fight Club with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton, Mary Harron’s American Psycho with Christian Bale, Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line, and James Mangold’s Girl Interrupted with Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie.

CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER (Aristotle), who has recently completed his Tony-nominated performance as King Lear in Sir Jonathan Miller’s much lauded production at Lincoln Center, has enjoyed 50 years as one of the English-speaking theatre’s most distinguished actors and as a veteran of international renown in over 100 motion pictures.

It was in his hometown of Montreal that Plummer began his professional career on stage and radio in both French and English. After Eva Le Gallienne gave him his New York debut (1954) he went on to star in many celebrated, prize-winning productions on Broadway and London’s West End including Elia Kazan’s production of Archibald MacLeish’s Pulitzer winning play J.B., and the title role in Anthony Burgess’ musical Cyrano for which Plummer won his first Tony. Apart from King Lear, his most recent Broadway success was as Barrymore for which he won the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award, The Edwin Booth Award, the Boston Critic’s Award, Chicago’s Jefferson Award, and Los Angeles’ Ovation Award as best actor 1997-1998. He was also a leading member of Britain’s National Theatre under Sir Laurence Olivier, the Royal Shakespeare Company under Sir Peter Hall, and in its formative years, Canada’s Stratford Festival under Sir Tyrone Guthrie and Michael Langham. He has played most of the great roles in the classic repertoire.

Plummer’s eclectic career on screen began when Sidney Lumet gave him his movie debut in Stage Struck. Since then he has appeared in a host of notable films which include the Academy Award-winning The Sound of Music, The Man Who Would Be King, The Battle of Britain, Waterloo, The Silent Partner, Dragnet, Daisy Clover, Star Trek IV, Malcolm X, Dolores Claibourne, Wolf, Twelve Monkeys, Murder by Decree, Somewhere in Time, and a host of others. Plummer’s latest successes are Michael Mann’s Oscar-nominated The Insider, playing television journalist Mike Wallace, for which he won the Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas and the National Critic’s Awards, and Ron Howard’s Academy Award-winning A Beautiful Mind, as well as Etom Egoyan’s Ararat. His latest films are Blizzard, Devil’s Throat, Douglas McGrath’s Nicholas Nickleby and National Treasure.

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