KURT RUSSELL (Ben) is currently in production on “Poseidon,” a remake of “The Poseidon Adventure,” in which Russell is starring under the direction of Wolfgang Petersen.
Last year, Russell starred as coach Herb Brooks in the real-life drama “Miracle,” which chronicled the inspiring story of the underdog U.S. ice hockey team’s gold medal victory in the 1980 Olympic Games. His recent film credits also include “Sky High,” with Kelly Preston; Ron Shelton’s “Dark Blue”; Cameron Crowe’s “Vanilla Sky,” with Tom Cruise; and “3000 Miles to Graceland,” with Kevin Costner.
Russell made his film debut at the age of ten in the Elvis Presley film “It Happened at the World’s Fair,” marking the beginning of a career that now spans more than four decades. During his successful career as a child star, he appeared in ten Disney movies, including “Follow Me Boys!,” “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes,” “The Barefoot Executive” and “The Strongest Man in the World.”
In 1979, Russell was cast as Elvis Presley in director John Carpenter’s acclaimed television biopic “Elvis,” earning an Emmy nomination for his remarkable portrayal of “the King.” Russell later reteamed with Carpenter on four films: “Escape from New York,” “The Thing,” “Big Trouble in Little China” and “Escape from L.A.,” the last of which Russell also co-wrote and co-produced.
Russell earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Mike Nichols’ true-life drama “Silkwood,” opposite Meryl Streep and Cher. He subsequently starred in such films as Jonathan Demme’s “Swing Shift,” with Goldie Hawn; “The Mean Season”; “The Best of Times,” with Robin Williams; Garry Marshall’s “Overboard,” also opposite Goldie Hawn; Robert Towne’s “Tequila Sunrise,” with Mel Gibson and Michelle Pfeiffer; “Tango & Cash”; Ron Howard’s “Backdraft,” with Robert De Niro; Jonathan Kaplan’s “Unlawful Entry”; “Captain Ron”; “Tombstone”; Roland Emmerich’s “Stargate”; “Executive Decision,” with Halle Berry; “Breakdown”; and “Soldier.”
DAKOTA FANNING (Cale) most recently starred opposite Tom Cruise in Steven Spielberg’s global blockbuster “War of the Worlds.” Her recent film work also includes the thriller “Hide and Seek,” in which she starred with Robert De Niro and Elisabeth Shue; the action thriller “Man on Fire,” opposite Denzel Washington; and the independent film “Nine Lives,” alongside Holly Hunter, Sissy Spacek, Robin Wright Penn and Glenn Close. She next stars as Fern in the big-screen, live-action adaptation of the children’s classic “Charlotte’s Web,” coming to theaters next summer, also starring Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Redford.
At the age of seven, Fanning became the youngest actor ever to be nominated for a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for her performance as the devoted daughter of a mentally challenged man in “I Am Sam,” with Sean Penn. In addition to her SAG Award nomination, Fanning also won the 2002 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Young Actor. In 2005, she earned a Critics’ Choice Award nomination in the same category for “Man on Fire,” and also won an MTV Movie Award for Best Frightened Performance for her role in “Hide and Seek.”
Fanning’s additional film credits include “Uptown Girls,” with Brittany Murphy; “The Cat in the Hat,” opposite Mike Myers; “Trapped,” with Charlize Theron and Kevin Bacon; and “Sweet Home Alabama,” in which she had a cameo as a young Reese Witherspoon.
On the small screen, Fanning starred in Steven Spielberg’s Emmy-winning miniseries “Taken,” the Sci-Fi Channel’s highest-rated show to date. She not only narrated all ten episodes, but starred as Alie, the half alien at the center of a drama that pits her character’s parents against the government.
KRIS KRISTOFFERSON (Pop Crane) is an award-winning actor, singer and songwriter with more than 50 film roles to his credit. Early in his film acting career, he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of John Norman Howard in “A Star is Born,” opposite Barbra Streisand. Kristofferson more recently earned acclaim for his performance in John Sayles’ “Lone Star.” He also worked with Sayles in the films “Silver City” and “Limbo.”
Kristofferson’s other film credits include the trilogy of “Blade” films; the family film “Where the Red Fern Grows”; Tim Burton’s “Planet of the Apes”; James Ivory’s “A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries”; Brian Helgeland’s “Payback”; Michael Cimino’s “Heaven’s Gate”; Michael Ritchie’s “Semi-Tough”; Martin Scorsese’s “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”; and Sam Peckinpah’s “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid,” to name only a few. In addition, Kristofferson earned an Academy Award nomination for his composing work on Alan Rudolph’s “Songwriter,” in which he also starred with Willie Nelson.
A Grammy-winning singer and songwriter, Kristofferson has clocked more than a million miles in his tour bus over the past 35 years. In the early 1970s, he emerged as one of the most sought-after concert performers and songwriters of the time with songs like “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” “For the Good Times,” “Loving Her Was Easy” and “Why Me,” among others. During the decades following, he has continued to tour several months of the year with his own band, and as one of the legendary Highwaymen, together with his friends Willie Nelson and the late Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. Last year, Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
ELISABETH SHUE (Lilly) was honored with an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Mike Figgis’ “Leaving Las Vegas,” in which she starred opposite Nicolas Cage. Shue’s poignant portrayal of a prostitute who has a doomed love affair with an alcoholic also brought her Best Actress Awards from the Los Angeles Film Critics, the Chicago Film Critics, and the National Society of Film Critics, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Independent Spirit Award.
Shue most recently starred in the thriller “Hide and Seek,” with Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning, and in the independent film “Mysterious Skin,” which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Her list of film credits goes on to include Paul Verhoeven’s “Hollow Man,” opposite Kevin Bacon; the title role in John Duigan’s “Molly”; Des McAnuff’s “Cousin Bette”; Volker Schlöndorff’s “Palmetto”; Woody Allen’s “Deconstructing Harry”; Phillip Noyce’s “The Saint,” opposite Val Kilmer; David Koepp’s “The Trigger Effect”; Ron Underwood’s “Heart and Souls,” opposite Robert Downey, Jr.; “Soapdish,” with Sally Field; Robert Zemeckis’ “Back to the Future, Parts II & III,” with Michael J. Fox; Roger Donaldson’s “Cocktail,” opposite Tom Cruise; Chris Columbus’ “Adventures in Babysitting”; and John G. Avildsen’s “The Karate Kid.”
On television, Shue starred in the Oprah Winfrey Presentation “Amy and Isabelle.” In addition to her work on the screen, Shue starred on Broadway in Richard Nelson’s “Some Americans Abroad.”
LUIS GUZMAN (Balon) was a member of the ensemble cast of Steven Soderbergh’s acclaimed drama “Traffic,” which was honored with a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award for Outstanding Motion Picture Cast. The film marked Guzman’s third collaboration with Soderbergh, following “Out of Sight” and “The Limey,” for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. In addition, Guzman has been recognized for his work in three films for director Paul Thomas Anderson, most recently winning an Imagen Award for his performance in “Punch-Drunk Love.” He also shared in two SAG Award nominations received by the casts of Anderson’s “Magnolia” and “Boogie Nights.” Guzman has also co-starred in two films for director Brian De Palma: “Snake Eyes” and “Carlito’s Way”; and three films for Sidney Lumet: “Guilty as Sin,” “Family Business” and “Q & A.”
Guzman has several films upcoming, including “Waiting…,” “Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power,” “Disappearances” and “I Believe in America.” His other film credits include “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”; “Anger Management,” with Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson; “Confidence”; “Welcome to Collinwood”; “The Salton Sea”; “The Count of Monte Cristo”; “The Bone Collector”; “The Substitute”; “The Cowboy Way”; “Mr. Wonderful”; “The Hard Way”; “Black Rain”; “True Believer”; and “Short Eyes,” in which he made his feature film debut.
On television, Guzman has had numerous guest roles on such series as HBO’s “Oz,” “Frasier,” “NYPD Blue,” “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “Law & Order” and “Miami Vice.” He has also appeared in several telefilms, including “Thin Air,” “Mind Prey,” “The Burning Season” and “In the Shadow of a Killer.”
Born in Puerto Rico, Guzman grew up in Manhattan and graduated from City College. He began performing in street theater and independent films.
FREDDY RODRIGUEZ ((Manolin) is best known for his role in the award-winning HBO series “Six Feet Under,” created by Academy Award -winning writer Alan Ball. Rodriguez earned an Emmy Award nomination and has won three Imagen Awards for his portrayal of Federico Diaz, the artful young mortician who is a whiz at reconstructing badly disfigured corpses. Together with the rest of the “Six Feet Under” cast, Rodriguez has also won two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards and received two more SAG Award nominations for Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series.
On the big screen, Rodriguez is currently filming “Poseidon,” Wolfgang Petersen’s remake of the disaster epic “The Poseidon Adventure,” in which he again co-stars with Kurt Russell. Following that, he is next set to star in M. Night Shyamalan’s new film “The Lady in the Water,” with Paul Giamatti, Bryce Howard and Jeffrey Wright. Rodriguez’s upcoming films also include the crime drama “Harsh Times,” with Christian Bale and Eva Longoria; and “Havoc,” which was produced by the team behind the award-winning film “Monster” and will be released on DVD.
Rodriguez made his feature film debut in Alfonso Arau’s “A Walk in the Clouds,” and then starred in the Hughes brothers’ “Dead Presidents.” His subsequent film credits include “The Pest,” with John Leguizamo; “Can’t Hardly Wait”; “Payback,” with Mel Gibson; “Chasing Papi”; and the independent features “Pledge of Allegiance” and “Dallas 362.” He also starred in the HBO movie “For Love or Country: The Arturo Sandoval Story,” with Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan.
Hailing from Chicago, Rodriguez starred at the age of 14 in the pilot production of Chicago’s Whirlwind Performance Company, a theater company comprised of at-risk youth. Because of his exceptional work with this group, he received a two-year scholarship to the summer arts program at Chicago’s Centre for the Gifted and went on to star in more than 20 Chicago-based theater productions.
DAVID MORSE (Palmer) will next be seen in Richard Donner’s crime thriller “16 Blocks.” As a cast member of Frank Darabont’s drama “The Green Mile,” Morse shared in a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Cast Performance. He also earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his work in the Sean Penn-directed drama “The Crossing Guard.” Morse had earlier starred in Penn’s directorial debut film, “The Indian Runner.”
Morse next stars in two independent features due out later this year: “Down in the Valley” and “Nearing Grace.” He includes among his many other film credits “The Slaughter Rule,” “Hearts in Atlantis,” “Proof of Life,” Palme D’Or winner “Dancer in the Dark,” “Crazy in Alabama,” “The Negotiator,” “Bait,” “Contact,” “The Long Kiss Goodnight,” “Extreme Measures,” “The Rock,” “12 Monkeys,” “The Good Son,” “Desperate Hours,” the remake of “The Getaway,” “Personal Foul” and “Inside Moves.”
Morse came to fame with his role as Dr. Jack “Boomer” Morrison in the Emmy-winning drama series “St. Elsewhere.” He more recently starred in the series “Hack.” He has also starred in such telefilms as “Diary of a City Priest,” “Murder Live,” “Tecumseh: The Last Warrior,” “Stephen King’s The Langoliers,” “Cry in the Wild,” “Cross of Fire,” “Brotherhood of the Rose,” “Winnie,” “Downpayment on Murder,” “Six Against the Rock,” “Place at the Table,” “When Dreams Come True” and “Prototype.”
An award-winning stage actor, Morse won Obie, DramaLogue, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards for his performance in the off-Broadway production of Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama “How I Learned to Drive.” He also won DramaLogue and LA Weekly Awards for his work in “Of Mice and Men” in Los Angeles. He made his Broadway debut in the role of Father Barry in “On the Waterfront,” and also appeared off-Broadway in such plays as “The Trading Post,” “Threads” and “A Death in the Family.” In addition, Morse starred in the Seattle Repertory’s world premiere of “Redwood Curtain,” and performed in more than 30 productions with the Boston Repertory Company.
ODED FEHR (Prince Sadir) first caught the attention of moviegoers with his portrayal of the mysterious warrior, Ardeth Bay, in the hit action thriller “The Mummy.” He later reprised his role in the even more successful sequel, “The Mummy Returns.” Following his success in both films, Fehr co-starred in the 2004 sci-fi thriller “Resident Evil: Apocalypse.”
In addition to his role in “Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story,” Fehr will also be seen on the small screen this fall in Showtime’s “Sleeper Cell.” In the much-anticipated new drama series, he stars as the charismatic leader of an underground terrorist group in Los Angeles. Fehr’s earlier television credits include leading roles on the NBC series “UC: Undercover” and the CBS drama “Presidio Med.” He has also been seen in the feature films “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” and, more recently, “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo.”
Born in Israel, Fehr relocated to Germany to pursue a career in business with his father. On a whim, he decided to sign up for a drama class, which changed his career plans. He went on to star in a production of David Mamet’s “Sexual Perversity in Chicago” and spent the next three years enrolled in the Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, England. He later played the title role in “Don Juan Comes Back from the War,” presented at London’s Courtyard Theatre.
JOHN GATINS (Director/Screenwriter) makes his directorial debut with "Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story." He has a growing list of credits as a screenwriter, including several collaborations with "Dreamer" producers Mike Tollin and Brian Robbins.
Gatins most recently co-wrote the Tollin/Robbins production "Coach Carter," directed by Thomas Carter, and starring Samuel L. Jackson in the title role of the real-life high school basketball coach who put his team's academic achievements above their athletic standing. He had first worked with Tollin and Robbins when he co-wrote the screenplay for the 1999 high school football drama "Varsity Blues," starring James Van Der Beek and Jon Voight.
Gatins' screenwriting credits under the Tollin/Robbins banner also include the romantic comedy "Summer Catch," directed by Tollin, and the drama "Hardball," starring Keanu Reeves and Diane Lane under the direction of Robbins. In addition, he served as a co-producer on Robbins' comedy "Ready to Rumble." For television, Gatins created and was the executive producer on Tollin/Robbins' WB network pilot "Learning Curve."
A native New Yorker, Gatins was born in Manhattan, where his father was a New York City police officer. The family relocated to the Hudson Valley near Poughkeepsie, where Gatins grew up and later attended Vassar College. Following graduation, Gatins moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career, and soon landed starring roles in the independent horror sequels "Witchboard 2: The Devil's Doorway" and "Leprechaun 3." He also had smaller parts in several other productions before segueing to screenwriting on "Varsity Blues."