RIDLEY SCOTT (DIRECTOR/PRODUCER) has been honored with three Academy Award nominations for Best Director. He earned his latest Oscar in 2002 for his work on “Black Hawk Down.” The year before, Scott received an Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and DGA award nominations for Best Director for Gladiator. The film also won the Oscar, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Awards for Best Picture.
A graduate of London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Art, Scott later began his directing career at the BBC, working in television and commercials. After three years, he formed his own highly successful commercial production house, RSA.
In 1977, Scott made his feature film directorial debut with The Duellists, and won the Best First Film Award at the Cannes Film Festival. He followed that with the blockbuster science-fiction thriller “Alien” and the landmark “Blade Runner,” starring Harrison Ford.
Scott earned his first Academy Award nomination for his work on the 1991 drama Thelma & Louise. He garnered another Golden Globe nomination for Best Director for American Gangster, starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. He recently directed and produced the science fiction Prometheus, starring Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron; Body Of Lies, starring Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio; the epic Kingdom Of Heaven, with an ensemble cast led by Orlando Bloom and Jeremy Irons; and Matchstick Men, starring Nicolas Cage and Sam Rockwell.
In 2003, Scott was awarded a knighthood from the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his contribution to the arts.
CORMAC MCCARTHY (Screenwriter/Executive Producer) was born in Rhode Island. He attended the University of Tennessee and served the US Air Force. McCarthy then returned to Tennessee before moving to Chicago, where he worked as an auto mechanic while writing his first novel, The Orchard Keeper.
McCarthy followed his debut with Outer Dark in 1968 and then worked on Child Of God, which was published in 1973. Other work include the screenplay for a PBS film called The Gardener’s Son, which premiered in 1977 and, Suttee, a book that had occupied his writing life on and off for twenty years. Blood Meridian followed in 1985 with All The Pretty Horses, the first volume of The Border Triology, in 1992.
McCarthy’s No Country For Old Men was published in 2005 and The Sunset Limited in 2006 which was originally performed by Steppenwolf Theatre Company of Chicago and published in paperback by Vintage Books. McCarthy’s most recent novel, The Road, published in 2006 won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize.
McCarthy’s novels, All The Pretty Horses, No Country For Old Men, The Road, and Child Of God have all been made into major motion pictures. No Country For Old Men won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and The Sunset Limited aired on HBO in 2011.
MICHAEL FASSBENDER (The Counselor) is a graduate of London’s prestigious Drama Centre whose breakthrough role came when he was cast in the epic Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks production, Band of Brothers. His big screen debut came with Zack Snyder’s hugely successful, 300, and offers for other film roles swiftly followed.
Fassbender’s credits include Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre and Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank. He teamed with Steve McQueen to play a sex addict in Shame, which earned him a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor, a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor, as well as a seven-minute standing ovation at the Toronto Film Festival.
In 2012, Fassbender was seen as the android David in Ridley Scott’s science fiction epic Prometheus. He is currently before the cameras in X-Men: Days of Future Past, reprising the role of Magneto.
BRAD PITT (Westray), one of today's strongest and most versatile film actors, is also a successful film producer with his company Plan B Entertainment.
It was Pitt's role in Ridley Scott's Academy Award-winning 'Thelma and Louise' that first brought him national attention. He soon went on to star in Robert Redford's Academy Award-winning A River Runs Through It and Tony Scott's True Romance. Pitt also received critical acclaim for his performances in David Fincher’s Se7en and Fight Club as well as Guy Ritchie's Snatch.
In 2009, Pitt starred in Inglorious Basterds and comedy thriller Burn After Reading. He was also seen in Steven Soderbergh's hits Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve and Ocean's Thirteen. In 2011, Pitt gave two of his most complex and nuanced performances in Bennett Miller’s Moneyball and Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life, both of which were films he also produced. Pitt won the New York Film Critics Circle Award and the National Society of Film Critics Award for both roles and was a receiver of numerous nominations for his work in Moneyball.
Pitt can most recently be seen in World War Z directed by Marc Forster and will next be seen in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave.
As Spain's most internationally acclaimed actor, JAVIER BARDEM (Reiner) has captivated audiences worldwide. In 2008, Bardem received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his chilling portrayal of a sociopath killer in Joel and Ethan Coen's No Country for Old Men. The performance garnered a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BAFTA, and countless film critic awards and nominations.
Bardem starred as the villain in the recent James Bond installment, Skyfall, a role which has seen Bardem nominated for the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, and the London Critics Circle Film Award for Supporting Actor of the Year.
He co-produced and starred in Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony, a film documenting how the colonization of the Western Sahara has left nearly 200,000 people living in refugee camps.
Bardem earned his third Academy Award nomination and was awarded the Best Actor prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival for his performance in Alejandro Innaritu's Biutiful. He won the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival for his performance in Alejandro Amenábar’s film The Sea Inside, making him only the second actor to win the award twice. Bardem has won The Goya Award five times and has received a total of eight nominations.
CAMERON DIAZ (Malkina) made her feature film debut at age 21, captivating moviegoers as femme fatale Tina Carlisle in “The Mask.” She has since starred in more films that have grossed more than $100 million internationally. She took on the title role in the hilarious comedy “There’s Something About Mary,” which set records in its subsequent release on video and DVD. Cameron received critical raves for her performance in Spike Jonze’s “Being John Malkovich,” and was nominated for a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a the Screen Actors Guild Award. Her career continued to soar with “Charlie’s Angels,” and she provided the voice of Princess Fiona in DreamWorks’ worldwide, animated hit “Shrek” as well as its three sequels.
Diaz co-starred in Cameron Crowe’s “Vanilla Sky,” earning Golden Globe, AFI and SAG award nominations. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-nominated “Gangs of New York.” In 2011, Cameron appeared in Michel Gondry’s highly successful “The Green Hornet” and would dominate the box office once again with the dark comedy “Bad Teacher,” her 17th movie to cross the $100 million mark worldwide.
Upcoming projects include “The Other Woman” and “Sex Tape,” a comedy that will reunite her with her “Bad Teacher” director Jake Kasdan and co-star Jason Segel.
Academy Award® winner PENÉLOPE CRUZ (Laura) has proven herself to be one of the most versatile, young actresses by playing a variety of compelling characters, and becoming the first actress from Spain to win an Oscar®.
Cruz appeared in Pedro Almodovar’s Live Flesh and critically acclaimed All About My Mother, which was awarded the Golden Globe® and Oscar® for Best Foreign Film. Next up for Cruz was a role opposite Johnny Depp in Blow and opposite Nicolas Cage in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. In 2006, Cruz starred in Volver, which again teamed her with director and dear friend Pedro Almodovar. Critically acclaimed for her role, she won the Best Actress awards at the European Film Awards, the Spanish Goya Awards and the Cannes Film Festival.
Her recent credits include Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, for which Cruz won an Oscar, a BAFTA, a New York Film Critics Circle and a National Board of Review award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2011 Cruz reteamed with director Rob Marshall for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. She will soon be seen in Pedro Almodovar’s I’m So Excited opposite Antonio Banderas.