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THE IDES OF MARCH (2011)

ABOUT THE CAST
Release Date: October 7, 2011
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Director: George Clooney
Screenwriter: George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon
Starring: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood
Genre: Thriller
MPAA Rating: R
****

CAST INFO

In 2007, RYAN GOSLING (Stephen Meyers) was honored with both a Golden Globe and a SAG Award nomination for his work in Lars and the Real Girl. The previous year, he garnered an Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor for his role in Half Nelson. His performance as Dan, a drug-addicted inner city junior high school teacher, also garnered Best Actor nominations from the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the Broadcast Film Critics Awards, Independent Spirit Awards, Chicago Film Critics, Online Film Critics’ Society, Toronto Film Critics and the Satellite Awards. He was awarded the Male Breakthrough Performance Award from the National Board of Review, and won Best Actor awards from both the Seattle and Stockholm International Film Festivals.

Gosling’s performance in The Believer, which won the Grand Jury prize at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, garnered him a Best Actor Film Independent Spirit nomination, a Best Actor nomination from the London Film Critics’ Circle, and earned him the Golden Ram for Best Actor by the Russian National Critics Association.

He returned to Sundance in 2002 starring in the independent feature The Slaughter Rule, playing an emotionally vulnerable and estranged teen, opposite David Morse. He received strong reviews for his follow-up performance as a nihilistic predator in the psychological thriller Murder by Numbers, opposite Sandra Bullock. Other film credits include Remember the Titans, starring Denzel Washington.

Gosling’s penchant to take on intricate and complex characters earned him the lead and title role in The United States of Leland, opposite Kevin Spacey and Don Cheadle. Subsequently, he starred in the blockbuster romantic drama The Notebook, followed by Marc Forster’s Stay, opposite Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts. He also starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in the New Line thriller Fracture as well as took the lead role in All Good Things. He can also be seen in the drama Blue Valentine opposite Michelle Williams, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe.

In 2011, Gosling can be seen in the marital crisis comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, also starring Steve Carell, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone. He can also be seen in Drive, an action film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, in which Gosling stars opposite Carey Mulligan.

In addition to his work on screen, Gosling released the album “Dead Man’s Bones.”

GEORGE CLOONEY (Governor Mike Morris/Director/Co-screenwriter/Producer) is recognized as much for his global humanitarian efforts as he is for his accomplishments in the entertainment industry.

Clooney’s achievements as a performer and a filmmaker have earned him an Academy Award®, two Golden Globes and an Emmy, as well as four other Oscar® nominations, six additional Golden Globe nominations, and numerous SAG, BAFTA, Emmy and Critics’ Choice Awards. In 2006 he received the American Cinematheque Award and the Modern Master Award from the Santa Barbara Film Festival.

When Clooney received his Oscar® for Best Supporting Actor for Syriana in 2006, he also earned Academy Award® nominations for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Good Night, and Good Luck. It was the first time in Academy history that an individual had received acting and directing nominations for two different films in the same year.

In addition, he won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for Syriana and was nominated for SAG, BAFTA and Critics’ Choice Awards for his work in that film.

In 2009, Clooney received an Academy Award® nomination, a Golden Globe nomination, a SAG nomination and a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor for his performance in the critically acclaimed film Up in the Air. He also won National Board of Review and New York Film Critics Circle Awards for Up in the Air and another New York Film Critics Circle Award that same year for his voice performance in the hit animated feature Fantastic Mr. Fox.

Clooney made his directorial debut in 2002 with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind for Miramax, winning the Special Achievement in Film Award from the National Board of Review.

In addition to Oscar® nominations for writing and directing his second directorial project – Good Night, and Good Luck. – Clooney received the Paul Selvin Award from the Writers Guild of America and the Freedom Award from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The film also earned Clooney nominations for two Golden Globes, two BAFTA Awards, a SAG Award, an Independent Spirit Award, two Critics’ Choice Awards, a WGA Award and a DGA Award.

Clooney received critical acclaim for the award-winning drama Three Kings and the Oscar-nominated Out of Sight. His other performing credits include Solaris, The Peacemaker, Batman & Robin, One Fine Day, From Dusk ‘Til Dawn, and Burn After Reading. This last film reunited him for the third time with the Coen brothers. He also worked with them on O Brother, Where Art Thou?, which earned him a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and on Intolerable Cruelty (Clooney refers to the three films as “my trilogy of idiots”).

In 2009, Clooney starred in and produced The Men Who Stare at Goats, which was a Smokehouse Production, the company he formed with Grant Heslov. Smokehouse’s initial project was the romantic comedy Leatherheads, which Clooney also directed and starred in for Universal.

Heslov and Clooney first worked together at Section Eight, a company in which Clooney was partnered with Steven Soderbergh. Section Eight productions included Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve, Ocean’s Thirteen, Michael Clayton, The Good German, Good Night, and Good Luck., Syriana, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, The Jacket, Full Frontal, and Welcome to Collinwood.

Clooney’s recent film credits include Focus Features’ dramatic thriller The American, in which he starred and also served as a producer. He will be seen later this year in Fox’s Searchlight’s The Descendants.

On television, Clooney starred in several series earlier in his career, becoming best known to TV audiences for his five years on the hit NBC drama "ER." His portrayal of Dr. Douglas Ross earned him Golden Globe, SAG, People’s Choice and Emmy Award nominations. In 2009, Clooney returned for one final episode in which his character was reunited with his longtime love.

For Section Eight’s television division, Clooney was an executive producer and directed five episodes of “Unscripted,” a reality-based show that debuted on HBO. He also was executive producer and cameraman on "K Street,” also for HBO.

Clooney was executive producer and co-star of the live television broadcast of "Fail-Safe," an Emmy-winning telefilm developed through his Maysville Pictures. “Fail-Safe” was nominated for a 2000 Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television. The telefilm was based on the early 1960s novel of the same name.

The son of an anchorman, Clooney is a strong First Amendment advocate with a deep commitment to humanitarian causes. In 2006, Clooney and his father, Nick, went to drought-stricken Darfur, Africa, to film the documentary “Journey to Darfur.” Clooney’s work on behalf of Darfur relief led to his addressing the United Nations Security Council. He also narrated the Darfur documentary “Sand and Sorrow.”

In 2007, Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle and Jerry Weintraub co-founded Not On Our Watch, an organization whose mission is to focus global attention and resources to stop and prevent mass atrocities in Darfur.

Among the many honors received as a result of his humanitarian efforts in Darfur was the 2007 Peace Summit Award, given at the eighth World Summit of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates at their annual meeting in Rome. Also taking part in the ceremony were Rome’s Mayor Walter Veltroni, Lech Walesa, Mikhail Gorbachev and the Dalai Lama. In 2008, Clooney was designated a U.N. Messenger of Peace, one of eight individuals chosen to advocate on behalf of the U.N. and its peacekeeping efforts.

In January of 2010, Clooney, along with Joel Gallen and Tenth Planet Productions, produced the “Hope for Haiti Now!” telethon, which raised more than $66 million, setting a new record for donations made by the public through a disaster-relief telethon.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Clooney the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at the 2010 Primetime Emmys. He was the fourth recipient of this prestigious award.

Later that year, Clooney received the Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award for his dedication to humanitarian efforts in Sudan and Haiti.

In December of 2010, Clooney along with the United Nations, Harvard University and Google, launched “The Satellite Sentinel Project,” an effort to monitor violence and human-rights violations between Southern and Northern Sudan. Not on Our Watch funded new monitoring technology, which allows private satellites to take photographs of any potential threats to civilians, detect bombs, observe the movement of troops and note any other evidence of possible mass violence.

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN (Paul Zara) will star in Moneyball with Brad Pitt, directed by Bennett Miller, opening in September. He recently made his feature directorial debut with Jack Goes Boating, in which he also co-starred alongside Amy Ryan, John Ortiz and Daphne Rubin Vega. The movie was produced by Cooper’s Town Productions and based on the play of the same name. Other recent film credits are Richard Curtis’ Pirate Radio, Charlie Kaufman’s Synecdoche, New York, John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, Tamara Jenkins’ The Savages, Mike Nichols’ Charlie Wilson’s War, and Sidney Lumet’s Before the Devil Knows You're Dead. It was Hoffman’s performance in Capote, directed by Bennett Miller and executive produced through his company, Cooper’s Town Productions, for which he earned an Oscar®, a Golden Globe and SAG Award.

Further film credits include Mission: Impossible III, Along Came Polly, Cold Mountain, The Party’s Over, Owning Mahowny, 25th Hour, Red Dragon, Punch-Drunk Love, Love Liza, Almost Famous, State and Main, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Magnolia, Flawless, Patch Adams, Happiness, The Big Lebowski, Boogie Nights, Twister, Nobody’s Fool, Scent of a Woman, and HBO’s “Empire Falls.”

Hoffman joined the LAByrinth Theater Company in 1995 and was its Co-Artistic Director for over 10 years before stepping down. As an actor, his theater credits include a limited run in “Othello,” adapted and directed by Peter Sellars, performed in Vienna and New York; LAByrinth's production of “Jack Goes Boating” (The Public Theater), “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” (Broadway), “The Seagull” (The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival), “True West” (Broadway), “Defying Gravity” (American Place Theatre), “The Merchant of Venice” (directed by Peter Sellars), “Shopping and F*cking” (New York Theatre Workshop) and “The Author’s Voice” (Drama Department).

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. Hoffman’s celebrated New York production of “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train” was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it won the Fringe First Award, and London’s Donmar Warehouse, where it was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Play. It then moved on to London’s West End for an extended run at The Arts Theatre. Similarly, his acclaimed production of “Our Lady of 121st Street” transferred off Broadway to the Union Square Theater, where it ran for nearly six months.

Additionally, Hoffman 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’s 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.”

With a diverse roster of finely etched, award-winning and critically acclaimed performances, PAUL GIAMATTI (Tom Duffy) has established himself as one of the most versatile actors of his generation.

This summer, he is currently filming New Line’s adaptation of the Broadway stage musical Rock of Ages, directed by Adam Shankman. The film, co-starring Tom Cruise, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige and Alec Baldwin, will hit theatres in summer 2012. Giamatti is also in production on David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, co-starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche. The film will be released in 2012.

Giamatti can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed Win-Win, a film written and directed by Oscar® nominee Tom McCarthy, opposite Bobby Cannavale, Amy Ryan and newcomer Alex Shaffer.

He can also be seen in the HBO movie “Too Big to Fail,” directed by Curtis Hanson, in which Giamatti portrays Ben Bernanke opposite William Hurt and Billy Crudup, as well as The Hangover Part II, directed by Todd Phillips, opposite Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis.

Giamatti was last seen in Barney’s Version, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Mordechai Richler, in which he portrays the title character Barney Panofsky. The film was directed by Richard J. Lewis and co-stars Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike and Minnie Driver. His performance earned him his second Golden Globe.

In 2008, Giamatti won an Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries for his portrayal of the title character in the HBO seven-part Emmy Award-winning miniseries “John Adams.” Directed by Emmy Award Winning director Tom Hooper, Giamatti played President John Adams in a cast that also included award-winning actors Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, David Morse and Stephen Dillane.

In 2006, Giamatti’s performance in Ron Howard's Cinderella Man earned him a SAG Award and Broadcast Film Critics' Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations in the same category.

For his role in Alexander Payne's critically-lauded Sideways, Giamatti earned several accolades for his performance including Best Actor from the Independent Spirit Awards, New York Film Critics Circle and a Golden Globe nomination.

In 2004, Giamatti garnered outstanding reviews and commendations (Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor, National Board of Review Breakthrough performance of the Year) for his portrayal of Harvey Pekar in Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's American Splendor.

Giamatti first captured the eyes of America in Betty Thomas' hit comedy Private Parts. His extensive list of film credits also includes The Last Station opposite Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren, Tony Gilroy’s Duplicity, Cold Souls which Giamatti also Executive Produced, David Dobkin's Fred Claus, Shoot ’Em Up opposite Clive Owen, Shari Springer Berman and Roger Pulcini's The Nanny Diaries, M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water, The Illusionist, directed by Neil Burger, Milos Forman's Man on the Moon, Julian Goldberger's The Hawk is Dying, Tim Robbins' Cradle Will Rock, F. Gary Gray's The Negotiator, Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, Peter Weir's The Truman Show, Mike Newell's Donnie Brasco, Todd Solondz' Storytelling, Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes, Duets, opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, the animated film Robots and Big Momma's House, co-starring Martin Lawrence. Giamatti also appeared in James Foley's Confidence and John Woo's Paycheck.

As an accomplished stage actor, Giamatti received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Supporting Actor as Jimmy Tomorrow in Kevin Spacey's Broadway revival of “The Iceman Cometh.” His other Broadway credits include “The Three Sisters” directed by Scott Elliot; “Racing Demon” directed by Richard Eyre; and Arcadia directed by Trevor Nunn. He was also seen Off-Broadway in the ensemble cast of “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” with Al Pacino.

For television, Giamatti appeared in “The Pentagon Papers” with James Spader, HBO's “Winchell” opposite Stanley Tucci, and Jane Anderson's “If These Walls Could Talk 2.”

He resides in Brooklyn, NY.

With a diverse roster of finely etched, award-winning and critically acclaimed performances, PAUL GIAMATTI (Tom Duffy) has established himself as one of the most versatile actors of his generation.

This summer, he is currently filming New Line’s adaptation of the Broadway stage musical Rock of Ages, directed by Adam Shankman. The film, co-starring Tom Cruise, Malin Akerman, Mary J. Blige and Alec Baldwin, will hit theatres in summer 2012. Giamatti is also in production on David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, co-starring Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche. The film will be released in 2012.

Giamatti can currently be seen in the critically acclaimed Win-Win, a film written and directed by Oscar® nominee Tom McCarthy, opposite Bobby Cannavale, Amy Ryan and newcomer Alex Shaffer.

He can also be seen in the HBO movie “Too Big to Fail,” directed by Curtis Hanson, in which Giamatti portrays Ben Bernanke opposite William Hurt and Billy Crudup, as well as The Hangover Part II, directed by Todd Phillips, opposite Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis.

Giamatti was last seen in Barney’s Version, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Mordechai Richler, in which he portrays the title character Barney Panofsky. The film was directed by Richard J. Lewis and co-stars Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike and Minnie Driver. His performance earned him his second Golden Globe.

In 2008, Giamatti won an Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries for his portrayal of the title character in the HBO seven-part Emmy Award-winning miniseries “John Adams.” Directed by Emmy Award Winning director Tom Hooper, Giamatti played President John Adams in a cast that also included award-winning actors Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, David Morse and Stephen Dillane.

In 2006, Giamatti’s performance in Ron Howard's Cinderella Man earned him a SAG Award and Broadcast Film Critics' Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations in the same category.

For his role in Alexander Payne's critically-lauded Sideways, Giamatti earned several accolades for his performance including Best Actor from the Independent Spirit Awards, New York Film Critics Circle and a Golden Globe nomination.

In 2004, Giamatti garnered outstanding reviews and commendations (Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor, National Board of Review Breakthrough performance of the Year) for his portrayal of Harvey Pekar in Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's American Splendor.

Giamatti first captured the eyes of America in Betty Thomas' hit comedy Private Parts. His extensive list of film credits also includes The Last Station opposite Christopher Plummer and Helen Mirren, Tony Gilroy’s Duplicity, Cold Souls which Giamatti also Executive Produced, David Dobkin's Fred Claus, Shoot ’Em Up opposite Clive Owen, Shari Springer Berman and Roger Pulcini's The Nanny Diaries, M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water, The Illusionist, directed by Neil Burger, Milos Forman's Man on the Moon, Julian Goldberger's The Hawk is Dying, Tim Robbins' Cradle Will Rock, F. Gary Gray's The Negotiator, Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan, Peter Weir's The Truman Show, Mike Newell's Donnie Brasco, Todd Solondz' Storytelling, Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes, Duets, opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, the animated film Robots and Big Momma's House, co-starring Martin Lawrence. Giamatti also appeared in James Foley's Confidence and John Woo's Paycheck.

As an accomplished stage actor, Giamatti received a Drama Desk nomination for Best Supporting Actor as Jimmy Tomorrow in Kevin Spacey's Broadway revival of “The Iceman Cometh.” His other Broadway credits include “The Three Sisters” directed by Scott Elliot; “Racing Demon” directed by Richard Eyre; and Arcadia directed by Trevor Nunn. He was also seen Off-Broadway in the ensemble cast of “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” with Al Pacino.

For television, Giamatti appeared in “The Pentagon Papers” with James Spader, HBO's “Winchell” opposite Stanley Tucci, and Jane Anderson's “If These Walls Could Talk 2.”

He resides in Brooklyn, NY.

MARISA TOMEI (Ida Horowicz) continues to effortlessly bridge the gap between rich, dramatic performances and smart, comedic turns. Working with large studios or independent houses, Marisa consistently brings her independent spirit to every project with which she is involved.

Marisa won an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress for her role in My Cousin Vinny. Tomei took a dramatic turn with In the Bedroom, earning her second Academy Award® nomination. Marisa received her third Academy Award® nomination for Darren Aronofsky’s critically acclaimed indie drama The Wrestler.

In 2011, Tomei has had an array of strong and diverse projects. She was most recently seen playing alongside Steve Carrell in Warner Bros.’s Crazy, Stupid, Love and in Salvation Boulevard with Greg Kinnear. Earlier in the year she starred opposite Matthew McConaughy in The Lincoln Lawyer. Being fiercely committed to the theatre, Tomei returned to the stage this spring in Wally Shawn’s “Marie and Bruce.” The critically acclaimed 2011 New Group revival had Tomei co-starring with Frank Whaley.

In 2009, Tomei traveled to Ethiopia to direct a short film based on the Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn’s book Half the Sky. The film, Marisa’s directorial debut, focuses on a thirteen year old girl’s struggle with the institutionalized oppression of women in Ethiopia.

Tomei can be seen in Howard Zinn’s documentary The People Speak alongside Josh Brolin and Viggo Mortensen. Produced by Matt Damon for the History Channel, the film brings together these accomplished performers to give voice to the factory workers, rebels, and misfits who together brought about social change with their insistence on justice and equality and who shaped our history in a way that only “the people” can.

Tomei was seen in Sidney Lumet's critically praised jewel heist drama Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, alongside Ethan Hawke and Philip Seymour Hoffman. For her role in the film, Tomei earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Other recent film credits include the the indie comedy Cyrus with John C. Reilly and Jonah Hill; the political satire War Inc. with John Cusack; Factotum with Matt Dillon, directed by Bent Hamer; the box office hit Wild Hogs; and the Sundance favorites Loverboy (directed by Kevin Bacon) and Marilyn Hotchkiss.

Tomei's diverse credits include What Women Want, Happy Accidents, Anger Management, The Guru, Alfie, Slums of Beverly Hills, Welcome to Sarajevo, The Perez Family, A Brother's Kiss, and Unhook the Stars opposite Gena Rowlands, for which she was honored by her peers with a Screen Actors Guild nomination.

In 2008, Tomei starred on Broadway in Caryl Churchill’s now-classic feminist drama “Top Girls.” She also starred on Broadway opposite Al Pacino in Oscar Wilde's "Salome" in the title role. Her previous theater credits include Will Eno’s “Oh! The Humanity and Other Good Intentions,” Nobel Prize-winning playwright Dario Fo's "We Won't Pay! We Won't Pay!," Clifford Odet's "Waiting for Lefty" and "Rocket to the Moon," both directed by Joanne Woodward, among many, many others. Tomei also starred in Noel Coward's "Design for Living" at the Williamstown Theater Festival. Tomei is a member of the Naked Angels Theater Company in New York City.

EVAN RACHEL WOOD (Molly Stearns) is one of the most talented young actresses of her time. She earned critical acclaim for her powerful performance as Stephanie, Mickey Rourke’s estranged daughter in Darren Aronofsky’s 2008 film, The Wrestler. A working actress since she was five, Wood had her breakout role in 2003 with Catherine Hardwicke’s controversial independent film Thirteen, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe as Best Actress in a Drama as well as a Best Actress SAG Award.

Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Wood is the daughter of Sara Lynn Moore, actress, director and acting coach, and Ira David Wood III, an actor, singer, theatre director and playwright. While growing up, she was active in a regional theatre called Theatre in the Park, directed by her father. She recently returned to this venue as Juliet, in “Romeo and Juliet,” directed by her brother, Ira David Wood IV. She began her professional career in 1994, acting in TV movies, including “In the Best of Families: Marriage, Pride & Madness,” “Search for Grace,” “A Father for Charlie” and “Death in Small Doses.” She also had a recurring role on the series “American Gothic.”

She was most recently seen in Robert Redford’s The Conspirator and the HBO miniseries adaptation of “Mildred Pierce” alongside Kate Winslet. Other recent credits include the role of Melodie in Woody Allen’s “Whatever Works” and as Queen Sophie-Ann Leclerq in the critically acclaimed HBO show, “True Blood.”

In 1996, Wood moved with her mother to Los Angeles. After a one-season role on the drama “Profiler,” she was cast as a series regular on the award-winning series “Once and Again,” in which she appeared for four seasons. Her first major screen role was Digging to China with Kevin Bacon, followed by Practical Magic, with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. In 2002, she made her teenage debut as a leading film actress in Little Secrets and played a supporting role in the sci-fi drama, S1m0ne, starring Al Pacino. The following year, in addition to her role in Thirteen, Wood played the kidnapped daughter of Cate Blanchett and Tommy Lee Jones in Ron Howard’s Missing Her subsequent films include The Upside of Anger, Pretty Persuasion (2005 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner), Down in the Valley, Running with Scissors and King of California. She displayed her singing talents in 2007 with her role as Lucy in Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe. She then voiced the role of an alien in Battle for Terra, and starred opposite Uma Thurman in The Life Before Her Eyes, before playing Stephanie in The Wrestler.

Critically acclaimed actor JEFFREY WRIGHT (Senator Thompson) 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.

He was most recently seen in Duncan Jones' Source Code. Wright will be seen next year in Paramount's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, directed by Stephen Daldry.

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,” both also directed by George C. Wolfe. Wright reprised his “Angels” role in HBO's 2003 miniseries adaption of the play, earning both a Golden Globe and Emmy for his groundbreaking performance.

On film, Wright has portrayed a stunning array of icons and iconoclasts. Wright's 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 serves on the board of directors of the Tribeca Film Institute, Resolve, and on the board of governors of Saint Albans School for Boys. He is active in economic development projects in Africa as vice chairman of Taia Lion Resources and Taia Peace Foundation and through his work as a board member of the non-profit organization, All for Africa. Wright was recently named by the Government of Sierra Leone as the 'Peace by Piece' Ambassador for that country's 2011 50th Anniversary Independence Celebration.

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 with his wife, actress Carmen Ejogo, and their two children.

Cast (in credits order)
Ryan Gosling ... Stephen Myers
George Clooney ... Governor Mike Morris
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Paul Zara
Paul Giamatti ... Tom Duffy
Evan Rachel Wood ... Molly Stearns
Marisa Tomei ... Ida Horowicz
Jeffrey Wright ... Senator Thompson
Max Minghella ... Ben Harpen
Jennifer Ehle ... Cindy Morris
Gregory Itzin ... Jack Stearns
Michael Mantell ... Senator Pullman
Yuriy Sardarov ... Mike
Bella Ivory ... Jenny
Maya Sayre ... Sue
Danny Mooney ... Campaign Editor
John Manfredi ... Advance Guy
Robert Mervak ... Piano Player
Fabio Polanco ... Security Guard
Frank Jones Jr. ... Janitor
Peter Harpen ... Head First Bartender
Rohn Thomas ... Stage Manager
David McConnell ... Director
Mark Stacey White ... Sound Man
Lauren Wainwright ... Student #1
Kris Reilly ... Student #2
Michael Ellison ... Pullman Staffer
Jill Hayley Meyers ... Pullman Staffer
Leslie McCurdy ... Clinic Nurse
Robert Braun ... Himself
Rachel Maddow ... Herself
Chris Matthews ... Himself
Charlie Rose ... Himself
Deb Dixon ... Local Anchor
Neal Anthony Rubin ... Reporter #1
Loretta Higgins ... Reporter #2
Joseph Dinda ... Joe the Staffer (as Joe Dinda)
John Repulski ... Organist
Cherie Bowman ... Air Tran Ticket Agent
Jessica Alopaeus ... Morris Campaign Staffer (uncredited)
Jessica Nichole Lach ... Mourner (uncredited)
Kef Lee ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Tom Shafer ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
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