Release Date: November 18, 2011
Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: George Miller
Screenwriter: George Miller, Gary Eck, Warren Coleman, Paul Livingston
Starring: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Hank Azaria
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family
MPAA Rating: PG
ELIJAH WOOD (Mumble) returns to the role he made popular in George Miller's Academy Award®-winning hit "Happy Feet."
Wood starred in the trilogy of films based on The Lord of the Rings novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, in the lead role of Frodo Baggins. Directed by Peter Jackson, the films "The Fellowship of the Ring," "The Two Towers" and "The Return of the King" became worldwide blockbusters and, in 2004, "The Return of the King" won 11 Academy Awards®, including one for Best Picture. He reprises the role of Frodo in Peter Jacksons "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," which will be in theaters December 14, 2012, and "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," slated for release in 2013.
This past summer, Wood made his TV series debut in David Zuckerman's U.S. remake of the Australian hit sitcom "Wilfred," which premiered to record numbers for a comedy on FX. The show revolves around Wood, a girl and a mixed-breed dog named Wilfred. The second season is slated to begin production in March 2012.
He has completed production on Stewart Harcourt's adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island," playing Ben Gunn alongside Eddie Izzard and Donald Sutherland. Produced by Alan Moloney, with Steve Barron directing, the two-part, four-hour miniseries airs on the UK's SKY TV and the SyFy channel in the U.S. in 2012. Wood can also be seen in Adam Yauch's short "Fight for your Right Revisited," starring John C. Reilly and Seth Rogen, which premiered at Sundance this year.
Wood recently appeared alongside Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg in the romantic comedy "Celeste and Jesse Forever," penned by Jones and Will McCormick. The movie follows a couple in the midst of a divorce who are attempting to maintain their friendship while pursuing new relationships.
Among his many additional film credits are "The Romantics," alongside Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel and Anna Paquin; "The Oxford Murders," opposite John Hurt; "Paris, Je'Taime"; "Day Zero"; Emilio Estevez's drama "Bobby"; Liev Schreiber's "Everything is Illuminated"; Michel Gondry's critically acclaimed "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"; Lexi Alexander's "Green Street Hooligans"; Frank Miller's "Sin City," directed by Robert Rodriguez and Miller; Ang Lee's "The Ice Storm"; Martin Duffy's independent film "The Bumblebee Flies Away"; Jeffrey Porter's "Try Seventeen"; "Ash Wednesday"; and James Toback's "Black and White." He also lent his voice to "9."
Wood is an active member and supporter of The Art of Elysium, a non profit organization founded in 1997, which encourages artists of all walks to participate in artistic workshops for children battling serious medical conditions.
ROBIN WILLIAMS (Lovelace / Ramon) is a celebrated performer who has received myriad honors for a body of work spanning standup, television, stage and film.
Williams won an Oscar® for his performance in Gus Van Sant's "Good Will Hunting," and garnered previous Academy Award® nominations for his work in "The Fisher King," "Dead Poets Society" and "Good Morning Vietnam." He has also received six Golden Globe Awards, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment. Additionally, he shared the National Board of Review Best Actor Award with Robert De Niro for "Awakenings" and, in 2004, he received the prestigious Career Achievement Award from the Chicago International Film Festival.
Williams was also recently honored with a 2011 Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance for his Broadway acting debut as the lead character in Rajiv Joseph's critically acclaimed play "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo." His additional stage credits include a landmark production of Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot," directed by Mike Nichols and co-starring Steve Martin, and "The Exonerated," which tells the true stories of six innocent survivors of death row.
His stand-up comedy, which marks the genesis of Williams' career, has also garnered acclaim and awards. From 2008 to 2010, he performed his sold-out comedy tour "Weapons of Self Destruction" in 65 cities in the U.S., as well as London, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, grossing $40 million. Taped over two nights in Washington D.C., it also aired on HBO, becoming the network's highest rated stand-up comedy special that year and earning three Emmy Award nominations, including one for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special. His sold-out 26-city, one-man tour in 2002 also culminated on Broadway and was filmed for HBO after Williams' 16-year absence from stand-up. "Robin Williams: Live on Broadway" garnered five Emmy Award nominations. In addition, he has won five Grammy awards for the audio recordings of his stand-up shows and his children's record, Pecos Bill.
Williams has also received numerous nominations for his work as an actor in television, most recently in 2008 for a special guest appearance on "Law and Order: SVU." His first Emmy nomination was for his performance as Mork from Ork on the popular television series "Mork & Mindy," where he first captured the world's attention.
Trained at New York's Juilliard School, Williams made his cinematic debut as the title character in Robert Altman's "Popeye." He followed up with starring roles in Paul Mazursky's "Moscow on the Hudson," and "The World According to Garp," George Roy Hill's adaptation of John Irving's acclaimed bestselling novel.
Most recently, Williams was seen starring in the dark comedy "World's Greatest Dad," which premiered to critical praise at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival; in "Old Dogs," opposite John Travolta; and as Teddy Roosevelt in the hit "Night at the Museum" and its sequel, "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian."
His filmography also includes the dramatic thrillers "Insomnia," directed by Christopher Nolan, and Mark Romanek's "One Hour Photo." Among his many box office successes are Chris Columbus' "Mrs. Doubtfire"; Mike Nichols' "The Birdcage," for which he earned a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award®, shared with the cast; Tom Shadyac's "Patch Adams"; Steven Spielberg's "Hook"; and Joe Johnston's "Jumanji."
Williams lent his voice talents in creating the memorable character of the Genie in the blockbuster adventure "Aladdin," Fendor in the 2005 animated feature "Robots," and Ramon and Lovelace in George Miller's Academy Award®-winning "Happy Feet." Additionally, he was the voice of Dr. Know in Steven Spielberg's "AI: Artificial Intelligence."
Offstage, Williams takes great joy in supporting philanthropic efforts around the world. Headlining a number of USO tours, he has traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan four times and is perhaps best known for his affiliation with "Comic Relief," which was founded in 1986 and has, to date, raised over $50 million for America's homeless.
HANK AZARIA (The Mighty Sven) is a Tony Award nominee and four-time Emmy Award winner who has lent his voice for over 20 years as one of the principal voice actors on the animated television series "The Simpsons."
Nominated for five Emmy Awards, Azaria has won three for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance for his work on the hit show, where he is best known for bringing to life Moe Szyslak, Apu, Police Chief Wiggum and Comic Book Guy, among a list of characters too numerous to mention. He also voiced his Simpson characters on the big screen in the hit "The Simpsons Movie," lent his voice to the animated films "Hop" and "Anastasia," and most recently played the infamous role of Gargamel in the smash hit animated/live action film "The Smurfs," opposite Neil Patrick Harris and Sofia Vergara.
Azaria was also honored with an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series as well as a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® for his portrayal of psychiatrist Dr. Huffstodt on the critically acclaimed Showtime series "Huff," on which he also served as an executive producer. Previously, he received Emmy Award nominations for notable recurring guest starring roles on "Friends" and "Mad About You."
In 1999, Azaria starred as Mitch Albom, alongside the legendary Jack Lemmon, in the television film "Tuesdays with Morrie," winning the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. His other telefilms include Jon Avnet's "Uprising" and Stephen Frears' "Fail Safe."
On stage, Azaria earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for originating the 2005 role of Sir Lancelot in "Spamalot," the hit stage adaptation of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." He returned to Broadway in 2007, starring as RCA head David Sarnoff in Aaron Sorkin's "The Farnsworth Invention." Among his many other performances is a 2003 production of David Mamet's "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" on London's West End.
In 1997, Azaria played the scene-stealing Guatemalan housekeeper Agador Spartacus in Mike Nichols' "The Birdcage," catapulting his film career and garnering a SAG Award® nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, as well as sharing a win with the film's ensemble for Outstanding Performance by a Cast. He had previously won critical acclaim as television producer Albert Freedman in the 1994 Academy Award®-nominated film "Quiz Show."
Among Azaria's numerous other film credits are "Love and Other Drugs," "Year One," the hit "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," Roland Emerich's "Godzilla," the 1998 adaptation of "Great Expectations," Tim Robbins' "Cradle Will Rock," Woody Allen's "Celebrity," "America's Sweethearts," "Shattered Glass," "Along Came Polly," "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," "Grosse Pointe Blank," "Heat," "Now and Then" and "Pretty Woman."
As a filmmaker, Azaria wrote, directed and produced the 2004 short film, "Nobody's Perfect," which won the Film Discovery Jury Award for Best Short at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival and the award for Best Narrative Short at the Ojai Film Festival. He also directed an episode of "Huff."
His additional voiceover work includes multiple appearances as Venom/Eddie Brock on the animated "Spider-Man" series.
ALECIA MOORE (P!NK) (Gloria) is an American singer and songwriter who has sold over 40 million albums and 65 million singles worldwide, winning three Grammy Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards, and one World Music Award. P!nk has cemented her spot as one of the biggest female artists of the past decade, and the top five touring artist in the world with her record-breaking Funhouse World Tour, which elevated her from an arena performer to a global stadium act.
In 2010, "Raise Your Glass," the lead single on her compilation album celebrating a decade of success, Greatest Hits...So Far!!!, became P!nk's tenth Top 10 hit. It was her second solo number one hit, following 2008's "So What" from the album Funhouse, which also notched an additional three Top 20 hits.
P!nk's previous albums include the 2000 debut Can't Take Me Home; 2001's worldwide success Missundaztood; 2003's Try This, which earned her a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal performance for the single "Trouble"; and 2006's I'm Not Dead, which generated five hit singles, including "U + Ur Hand" and "Who Knew," which both went on to number one on the pop chart. Rated number 13 on Billboard's 2000-2009 list of Artists of the Decade and number one Pop Song Artist of the Decade, she was also voted Best Recording Artist in 2009.
BRAD PITT (Will the Krill) is an award-winning actor, as well as a successful film producer, with his company Plan B Entertainment. He is currently receiving widespread acclaim for his performance in Bennett Miller's "Moneyball," which he also produced under the Plan B banner.
A two-time Academy Award® nominee, Pitt received his latest Oscar® nod in 2009 for the title role in David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," for which he also earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations, all for Best Actor. That same year, he garnered dual BAFTA Award nominations, for Best Actor for his performance in that film and for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the Coen brothers' "Burn After Reading."
He was previously Oscar®-nominated and won a Golden Globe for his performance in Terry Gilliam's "Twelve Monkeys." In addition, he has received Golden Globe nominations for his work in Edward Zwick's "Legends of the Fall" and Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Babel."
Pitt most recently shared in a SAG Award® nomination earned by the cast of Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" in the category of Outstanding Motion Picture Cast. He previously won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the 2007 Venice Film Festival for his portrayal of Jesse James in "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," which he also produced for Plan B.
Recent Plan B projects also include Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life," in which Pitt starred with Sean Penn; "Eat, Pray, Love," based on the best-selling book and starring Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem; "Kick-Ass," starring Nicolas Cage; Martin Scorsese's Oscar®-winning Best Picture "The Departed"; "A Mighty Heart," starring Angelina Jolie; Tim Burton's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," starring Johnny Depp; and Wolfgang Petersen's epic "Troy," in which Pitt also starred. Plan B also has a wide range of films upcoming, including the horror film "World War Z," directed by Marc Forster, and James Gray's "The Lost City of Z," in which Pitt will star.
Born in Oklahoma, Pitt first gained the attention of critics and audiences with his breakthrough performance as the seductive hitchhiker in Ridley Scott's "Thelma & Louise." He went on to star in Robert Redford's "A River Runs Through It," Dominic Sena's "Kalifornia" and Neil Jordan's "Interview with the Vampire."
Pitt subsequently earned praise for his work in the David Fincher films "Se7en" and "Fight Club"; Jean-Jacques Annaud's "Seven Years in Tibet"; Guy Ritchie's "Snatch"; and the smash hit action comedy "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," opposite Angelina Jolie. He also joined the all-star ensemble casts of Steven Soderbergh's "Ocean's Eleven," "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Thirteen."
Pitt's additional film credits include: Tony Scott's "Spy Game"; Gore Verbinski's "The Mexican"; Martin Brest's "Meet Joe Black"; Alan J. Pakula's "The Devil's Own"; Barry Levinson's "Sleepers"; Tony Scott's "True Romance"; Ralph Bakshi's "Cool World"; and "Johnny Suede," which was named Best Picture at the 1991 Locarno International Film Festival. Pitt also made cameo appearances in Soderbergh's "Full Frontal" and George Clooney's "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind." He has also lent his voice to the animated features "Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas" and, more recently, the hit "Megamind."
MATT DAMON (Bill the Krill) has been honored for his work on both sides of the camera, most recently earning Academy Award® and Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations, for Best Supporting Actor, for his portrayal of South African rugby hero Francois Pienaar in Clint Eastwood's true-life drama "Invictus." In addition, he garnered dual Golden Globe Award nominations in 2010: for Best Supporting Actor for "Invictus" and for Best Actor for his performance in Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant!" Earlier in his career, Damon won an Academy Award® for Best Screenplay and received an Oscar® nomination for Best Actor, both for his breakthrough feature "Good Will Hunting."
Upcoming in 2011, Damon stars in Cameron Crowe's true-life comedy/drama "We Bought a Zoo," opposite Scarlett Johansson. Earlier this year, he co-starred with Anna Paquin in Kenneth Lonergan's drama "Margaret," with Anna Paquin; reunited with director Steven Soderbergh for the thriller "Contagion," joining an all-star ensemble cast also including Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslett, and Jude Law; and starred in George Nolfi's thriller "The Adjustment Bureau." In 2010, he starred in the Coen brothers' Oscar®-nominated remake of the classic Western "True Grit," Clint Eastwood's drama "Hereafter," and the action thriller "Green Zone" for director Paul Greengrass.
He had previously starred under Greengrass's direction in "The Bourne Supremacy" and "The Bourne Ultimatum." Damon originated the title role of Jason Bourne in Doug Liman's 2002 action blockbuster "The Bourne Identity."
His other recent film credits include Martin Scorsese's Oscar®-winning Best Picture "The Departed," with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson and Mark Wahlberg; Robert De Niro's dramatic thriller "The Good Shepherd," with De Niro and Angelina Jolie; and Stephen Gaghan's geopolitical thriller "Syriana," with George Clooney. Damon also teamed with Clooney and Brad Pitt as part of the all-star casts of Soderbergh's heist comedy hit "Ocean's Eleven," and its sequels, "Ocean's Twelve" and "Ocean's Thirteen."
For the small screen, Damon both executive produced and appeared in the History Channel project "The People Speak," based on a book co-written by historian Howard Zinn and featuring dramatic readings and performances from some of the most famous names in the entertainment industry.
Hailing from Boston, Damon attended Harvard University and gained his first acting experience with the American Repertory Theatre. He made his feature film debut in "Mystic Pizza," followed by roles in "School Ties," Walter Hill's "Geronimo: An American Legend," and the cable projects "Rising Son" and Tommy Lee Jones' "The Good Old Boys." He first gained attention with his portrayal of a guilt-ridden Gulf War veteran in 1996's "Courage Under Fire."
Together with his lifelong friend Ben Affleck, Damon co-wrote the acclaimed 1997 drama "Good Will Hunting," for which they won an Oscar® and a Golden Globe Award, as well as several critics groups awards for Best Original Screenplay. Damon also garnered Golden Globe and SAG Award® nominations, in addition to his Oscar® nomination, for Best Actor. Additionally in 1997, Damon starred in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Rainmaker" and appeared in Kevin Smith's "Chasing Amy."
The following year, Damon played the title role in Steven Spielberg's award-winning World War II drama "Saving Private Ryan," and also starred in John Dahl's drama "Rounders," with Edward Norton. Damon earned his third Golden Globe nomination for his performance in 1999's "The Talented Mr. Ripley," directed by Anthony Minghella. Damon's subsequent film credits include Kevin Smith's "Dogma," with Affleck; Robert Redford's "The Legend of Bagger Vance"; Billy Bob Thornton's "All the Pretty Horses"; the Farrelly brothers' comedy "Stuck on You"; Terry Gilliam's "The Brothers Grimm"; and George Clooney's "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind."
Damon and Affleck formed the production company LivePlanet, which produced three Emmy-nominated seasons of "Project Greenlight," chronicling the making of independent films by first-time writers and directors. The "Project Greenlight" films produced include "Stolen Summer," "The Battle of Shaker Heights" and "Feast." LivePlanet also produced the documentary "Running the Sahara," directed by Oscar® winner James Moll.
In addition, Damon is the co-founder of Water.org and a founder of Not On Our Watch.
SOFIA VERGARA (Carmen) has earned two consecutive Emmy Award nominations, a 2011 Golden Globe Award nomination and Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination for her current role as Gloria Delgado- Pritchett in the number one comedy series in America, ABC's "Modern Family."
On the big screen, Vergara most recently starred in the role of Odile, alongside Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria and George Lopez, in the global box-office hit "The Smurfs." She will next be seen starring with an all-star cast in Garry Marshall's romantic comedy "New Year's Eve," in theatres December 9th. She recently wrapped "The Three Stooges," playing the role of Lydia, alongside Sean Hayes and Will Sasso, which will be in theatres April 4, 2012.
Vergara made her feature film debut in the comedy "Big Trouble," and has since starred in films such as "The 24th Day," "Four Brothers," "Lords of Dogtown" and Tyler Perry's box office sensations "Meet the Browns" and "Madea Goes to Jail."
On stage, Vergara earned rave reviews in her Broadway debut role of Mama Morton in "Chicago."
Her previous television credits include the primetime series "Dirty Sexy Money," "Entourage," "Hot Properties" and "The Knights of Prosperity," among many others.
In the Hispanic market, her television credits include "Fuera de Serie" and "A Que No Te Atreves," as well as a guest appearance on 2008's highest-rated Spanish language soap opera, "Fuego en la Sangre," on Univision, the number one U.S. Hispanic network. Additionally, she executive produced the Spanish version of "Desperate Housewives."
Already the face of Diet Pepsi and Skinny Pepsi, Vergara was recently named the newest face of Cover Girl. She also launched a women's clothing and accessories line called Sofia, exclusively for Kmart, and was named one of the most talented and powerful women in Hispanic entertainment by The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard.
In 2001, Sofia created Peace and Hope for the Children of Colombia, a charity foundation that has helped thousands of children in her country and has donated a pediatric cancer pavilion in her native Barranquilla.
COMMON (Seymour) rose to prominence as one of hip hop's most poetic and respected lyricists, having recorded over eight albums and garnering multiple Grammy Awards. Common's ninth album, The Believer, The Dreamer, will be released December 20th by Warner Bros. Records.
In 2004, he partnered with Chicago native and rap music mega-star Kanye West to produce the album BE, which went on to garner four Grammy Award nominations. In 2007, Common released his critically acclaimed seventh album, Finding Forever, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and went on to earn a Grammy award. His eighth album, Universal Mind Control, was released in 2008 and was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Rap Album.
His previous film credits include "Smokin Aces," "American Gangster," "Wanted," "Terminator Salvation," "Date Night" and "Just Wright." Common will next be seen on screen alongside an all-star cast in Garry Marshall's romantic comedy "New Year's Eve," in theaters December 9th. He also stars with Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton and Ron Livingston in "The Odd Life of Timothy Green," in theatres in 2012, and as Uncle Vincent, a troubled ex-con who finds companionship with his nephew, in "Learning Uncle Vincent," with Danny Glover and Michael Rainey Jr., which releases in 2013.
Common also plays the role of Elam, a freed slave who comes west in post-Civil War America seeking work on the Transcontinental Railroad, in AMC's series "Hell on Wheels."
His memoir, One Day It'll All Make Sense, was published in September by Atria Books. He is also the author of several children's books, including his first, entitled The MIRROR and M; its follow-up, I Like You But I Love Me, which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award; and the 2008 release, M.E. (Mixed Emotions).
In 2000, Common launched the Common Ground Foundation, with the mission to empower disadvantaged youth in urban communities by mentoring them. He is also a regularly requested guest speaker at prestigious universities across the country.
HUGO WEAVING (Noah the Elder) is widely known for his role as Agent Smith in the Wachowski brothers' highly acclaimed "The Matrix" trilogy; for his starring role in "V for Vendetta"; and as Elrond in the award-winning "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. He is currently reprising the role of Elrond in the first of two films based on the book The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, directed by Peter Jackson. He will next appear in the Wachowski brothers' "Cloud Atlas," opposite Tom Hanks.
He most recently starred as Johann Schmidt/Red Skull in Joe Johnston's "Captain America," and in Johnston's "The Wolfman"; "The Keyman"; and the Australian film "Oranges and Sunshine," opposite Emma Watson and David Wenham.
Weaving's numerous credits in voice work include the characters of Megatron in Michael Bay's blockbuster "Transformers" and its sequels, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"; Noctus/Grimble in Zack Snyder's "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole"; Noah the Elder in George Miller's award-winning "Happy Feet"; and Rex the Sheepdog in "Babe" and its sequel, "Babe: Pig in the City."
Weaving is the recipient of three Australian Film Institute (AFI) Best Actor Awards, receiving the first in 1991 for his portrayal of a blind photographer in Jocelyn Moorhouse's breakthrough feature "Proof." He received a nomination in the same category in 1994 for the role of Mitzi Del Bra in Stephan Elliott's "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert." Weaving won his second AFI Award in 1998 for his role in "The Interview," written and directed by Craig Monahan, for which he also received the 1998 Best Actor Award at the World Film Festival in Montreal. In 2005, his role in the critically acclaimed "Little Fish," opposite Cate Blanchett and Sam Neill, earned Weaving his third AFI Award.
Weaving's extensive stage credits include the Sydney Theatre Company's "Uncle Vanya," opposite Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh; "Hedda Gabler," opposite Cate Blanchett; "Riflemind," directed by Phillip Seymour Hoffman; and numerous productions with Sydney's acclaimed Belvoir St Theatre, including "The Alchemist," and "The Popular Mechanicals," with Geoffrey Rush.
RICHARD CARTER (Bryan The Beachmaster) reprises his role from George Miller's Academy Award®-winning feature "Happy Feet." He is currently filming Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Toby Maguire and Carey Mulligan, and has also been cast in Miller's upcoming feature "Fury Road."
Among his other film credits are "Getting Square" and "Bootmen," alongside Sam Worthington; "The Man Who Sued God," starring Judy Davis; and Phillip Noyce's "Rabbit-Proof Fence," opposite Kenneth Branagh, which won the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Best Picture.
A native of Australia, Carter played television series regular Brian Deacon on "Wildside" and Ted Hudson on "White Collar Blue," and more recently Mick Deakin in "East West 101." He has made guest appearances on many shows including "Rake," "Stupid Stupid Man," "City Homicide" and "Blue Heelers."
MAGDA SZUBANSKI (Miss Viola) is one of Australia's most loved and respected actors, best known for her role as the delightful Mrs. Hogget in the Academy Award®-and Golden Globe-winning film "Babe" and its sequel, "Babe: Pig In The City." Szubanski re-teamed with the "Babe" creators to voice the box office hit "Happy Feet."
Her other film credits include "Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole"; "Santa's Apprentice"; "The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course," alongside the late Steve Irwin; "Son Of The Mask," with Jamie Kennedy and Alan Cumming; "The Golden Compass," with Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig; and the Australian films "Dr. Plonk," directed by Rolf de Heer, and "Bran Nu Dae," from Rachel Perkins. Most recently, Szubanski has completed production on "Goddess.com," the musical comedy also starring musician Ronan Keating, and she is currently filming the comedy "The Kath & Kim Filum."
Szubanski's stage appearances have yielded larger-than-life performances, including those in recent productions of "Guys and Dolls" and Nora Ephron's "Love, Loss and What I Wore." Her other credits include The Melbourne Theatre Company production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," the national tour of "Grease: The Arena Spectacular," alongside John Farnham, and The Melbourne Theatre Company's production of "The Mad Woman Of Chaillot."
After early training with the ABC-TV cult show "D-Generation," Szubanski shot to fame in 1989 in response to the huge variety of comic characters she created for the sketch comedy "Fast Forward," which played for several seasons and became one of Australia's highest-rated comedies. Her other television credits include the "Dogwoman" tele-features, "Big Girl's Blouse" and "Something Stupid," all of which she co-wrote, co-produced and starred in.
Her most iconic character is Sharon Strzelecki from the blockbuster sitcom "Kath & Kim," which is widely acknowledged as the most successful comedy in Australian television history. The show made the cultural leap to U.S. and UK television and was re-made for U.S. audiences. A feature length film will bring "Kath and Kim" to the big screen, with "The Kath & Kim Filum" slated to commence shooting in late 2011.
Szubanski has received many accolades in the course of her career, including a Mo Award, seven Logie Awards, three Awgie Awards, two People's Choice Awards and an AFI Award for Best Actress.
ANTHONY LAPAGLIA (Alpha Skua) received widespread critical acclaim for his portrayal of Jack Malone in the hit television series "Without a Trace," for which he won a Golden Globe Award and earned an Emmy Award nomination and two Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® nominations. In 2002, LaPaglia won an Emmy for his recurring role in "Frasier," and was nominated in 2000 and 2004 for the same role.
He won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance in the Arthur Miller classic "A View from the Bridge." LaPaglia is also producing a feature film version of the Miller play. His additional stage credits include the off-off-Broadway production of "The Guys," the story of a fire captain who must prepare eulogies for the men he lost on 9/11. Sigourney Weaver and LaPaglia starred in the feature film adaptation of the same title.
LaPaglia recently lent his voice to Zack Snyder's animated "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," based on the beloved books by Kathryn Lasky. He received an Australia Inside Film Award nomination in 2009 for his performance in "Balibo," playing war correspondent Roger East, who travels to East Timor to investigate the murders of the Balibo Five in 1975. He also produced the film. He will next be seen in the comedy "Mental," opposite Liev Schreiber and Toni Collette, and is currently filming the drama "Long Time Gone."
His other film credits include the critically acclaimed "Lantana," for which he won an AFI Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, "Betsy's Wedding," "The House of Mirth," "Sweet and Lowdown," "The Client," "Company Man," "Summer of Sam," "Autumn in New York," "Lansky," "Phoenix," "Commandments," "Brilliant Lies," "Winter Solstice," "The Architect" and "Happy Feet."
LaPaglia has also appeared in the television series "Murder One" and the telefilms "Never Give Up: The Jimmy V Story"; "Criminal Justice," for which he received a Cable ACE Award nomination; and "Garden of Redemption."
BENJAMIN "LIL P-NUT" FLORES, JR. (Atticus) went from rapping in local Memphis, Tennessee venues for anyone that would listen, to performing on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" by the time he turned nine years old.
Lil P-Nut has performed in over 100 live concerts—including with Soulja Boy at the sold-out Summer Jam in Memphis—has been featured on various hip hop sites, and has also appeared in several hip-hop music videos, most recently Cymphonique's "All That" and Memphis rapper Yo Gotti's "Look In The Mirror," which was featured on BET's "106th & Park."
In addition to his music career, Lil P-Nut has already appeared in several commercials. He is due to appear in an episode of the TBS Network show "Are We There Yet?" executive produced by Ice Cube and is currently working on a pilot for his own TV show with Cartoon Network, which Ice Cube will also executive produce.