Equally versatile on stage and screen, Amy Acker will soon
be seen as Beatrice in the independent feature, Much Ado About Nothing,
directed by Joss Whedon. A modern-day telling of Shakespeare's classic romantic
comedy, Much Ado About Nothing is set to premiere at the 2012 Toronto
International Film Festival.
On screen, Acker most recently appeared in the horror
thriller, Cabin in the Woods, directed by Drew Goddard, and co-written
by Whedon and Goddard. Prior to its theatrical release, the film was
selected as the Opening Night feature at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival. Amy
also starred in the independent drama, Sironia, the Audience Award
Winner at the 2011 Austin Film Festival, about a singer-songwriter who moves
with his wife from Los Angeles to the small town of Sironia, Texas. Among
Amy's other film credits include the war drama, 21 and a Wake-Up, The
Novice, with Alan Arkin and Frank Langella, Steven Speilberg's Catch Me
if You Can, Groom Lake, and The Accident.
Amy first gained notoriety as the fan-favorite character,
Winifred "Fred" Burkle, in the WB television series, Angel, created by
Joss Whedon, in collaboration with David Greenwalt, and starring David
Boreanaz. For her role in the hugely popular show, Acker won a Saturn
Award for "Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series," in addition to
receiving nominations from the Cinescape and Golden Satellite Awards. Subsequently,
Acker landed series regular roles in J.J. Abrams' Alias, with Jennifer
Garner, Whedon's Dollhouse, opposite Eliza Dushku, and ABC's mystery
drama, Happy Town. Amy can currently be seen in a recurring role on the
hit CBS drama, Person of Interest, alongside Jim Caviezel and Michael
Emerson. Among Amy's other television credits include guest-starring
roles in Grimm, Once Upon a Time, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, No Ordinary
Family, The Good Wife, Private Practice, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and
How I Met Your Mother, as well as notable roles in the
mini-series/made-for-television movies, Dear Santa, Voices, Fire
& Ice, and Drive, among many others.
Texas native and graduate of Southern Methodist University with a BFA in
Acting, Acker studied dance for thirteen years before turning her attention to
acting, where she received tremendous acclaim in the regional stage productions
of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, Ibsen's Master Builder,
Zola's Therese Raquin, and Beast on the Moon by Richard Kalinoski, among others.
currently splits her time between Los Angeles and New York, with her husband,
actor James Carpinello, and their two children.
Alexis Denisof is one of pop culture's
most versatile and beloved actors. He will next be seen in Joss Whedon's highly
anticipated adaptation of Shakespeare's classic comedy Much Ado About Nothing.
Denisof stars as Benedick in the film, which will premiere at the 2012 Toronto
International Film Festival. The film, done in the original text, also stars
Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, Clark Gregg, Fran Kranz, and Sean Maher.
Most recently Denisof appeared in the
Whedon's blockbuster The Avengers as the mysterious villain 'The Other.'
Currently he can be seen in Bryan Singer's groundbreaking online series H+
on YouTube and in his recurring role as the hilarious news anchor Sandy Rivers
on CBS's How I Met Your Mother.
Denisof is perhaps best known to
audiences as Wesley Wyndam-Pryce on the series Angel. A character he
created for season 3 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. For over 100 episodes,
Denisof played one of the most beloved characters of what has become known as
He began acting at a young age at
Seattle's distinguished ACT and Bathhouse Theater, before being accepted to the
prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Upon graduating he was
invited to join the Royal Shakespeare Company in their acclaimed production of Hamlet
starring Mark Rylance.
Denisof made his film debut in the
British film Murder Story opposite Christopher Lee. Denisof has appeared
in First Knight, Rogue Trader, True Blue, Innocent Lies,
and the Sundance Film festival hit, The Misadventures of Margeret.
While in London, Denisof enjoyed an
equally prolific stage career in the West End productions of Cyrano de
Bergerac, A Tale of Two Cities, Tovarich, and Bent
with Sir Ian McKellen. Denisof also enjoyed success in other theater
productions, including Rope, Cain, Pointe Valaine, and All
Aside from his extensive theater and film
experience, Denisof is also a veteran of television including NBC's Noah's
Ark, Private Practice, Dollhouse and the popular British series, Sharpe,
Faith, and Romeo and Juliet.
Denisof is married to actress Alyson Hannigan, with whom he has two daughters.
Reed will next be seen
in Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Joss Whedon. He has just
completed shooting the 3rd season of TNT's Franklin and Bash,
where he co-stars as Damien Karp. He also currently recurs on the t.v. shows Bones,
as Agent Hayes Flynn, and The Mentalist, as Ray Haffner.
In recent years he has
co-starred on the final season of 24, Joss Whedon's Dollhouse,
and the time travel drama Journeyman. Reed has also been seen in the
Academy Award nominated films Moneyball, and Goodnight And Good Luck.
Reed grew up in New York
City and graduated from the Juilliard School. He made his Broadway debut in the
revival of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming.
His first big break came
when he played Detective Mike Kellerman for 3 years on NBC's critically
acclaimed drama Homicide: Life On The Street.
He has many bills to
pay, and enjoys eating, so he stays pretty busy. Some of his television credits
include: The West Wing, The Shield, Revolution, Desperate Housewives, White
Collar, Cold Case, Castle, Monk, Criminal Minds, Without A Trace, Medium,
Judging Amy, and Law And Order.
A few movies, as well:
SWAT, Spiderman 2, Clear And Present Danger, and Memphis Belle.
He lives on a vineyard
with his wife and daughter.
In addition to his starring role on Castle, Nathan Fillion was a recurring star on Desperate
Housewives, playing Dr. Adam Mayfair, the new neighbor on Wisteria Lane and
much younger husband of Katherine Mayfair (Dana Delany). On the big screen, he
recently finished shooting Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, which will be
released on August 16, 2013; as well as starring in Joss Whedon's Much Ado
About Nothing, which will be premiering at the Toronto International Film
Fillion's other film
credits include Trucker, starring opposite Michelle Monoghan; Waitress,
a romantic comedy with Keri Russell; the Universal film Slither,
co-starring Elizabeth Banks; White Noise 2; Serenity, which
reunited him with director Joss Whedon; Saving Private Ryan; the
independent film Water's Edge; Blast from the Past; Dracula
2000 and Doubting Reilly. On television he earned an Emmy nomination
for his role in the daytime drama One Life to Live. Other TV credits
include the series Drive, Two Guys and a Girl, Buffy the
Vampire Slayer, Pasadena and Miss Match.
A native of Edmonton,
Alberta, Fillion wanted to be a high school teacher and studied at the
University of Alberta. He later starred in productions at the Edmonton Fringe
Festival and performed with comedy groups in town before moving on to pursue an
acting career in New York and Los Angeles.
Clark began his acting career
as a founding member and former artistic director of the Atlantic Theater
Company in New York. He has acted in numerous productions with the
company including Boys' Life at Lincoln Center, Mojo, The
Night Heron, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and most recently Happy
Hour, written by Ethan Coen. Other New York stage credits include
Aaron Sorkin's A Few Good Men on Broadway, Unidentified Human Remains,
and A. R. Gurney's, The Old Boy.
Gregg moved to Los Angeles in
the mid-nineties to pursue film and television work landing roles in films
including Mr. Popper's Penguins, Thor, Iron Man 2, 500
Days of Summer, Choke, Iron Man, In Good Company, Spartan,
State and Main, Lovely and Amazing, The Human Stain, We
Were Soldiers, One Hour Photo, and Magnolia. He played
the role of Hank/Henrietta in Tod Williams' debut feature The Adventures of
Sebastian Cole for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination.
In 2012, he reprised his role as SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson in
Marvel's The Avengers, which broke many box office
records including the biggest domestic opening weekend of all time.
This year, Gregg will be seen in several
new films including CBS Films' The To Do List, Very Good Girls
with Dakota Fanning, and Jason Reitman's Labor Day, alongside Kate
Winslet and Josh Brolin.
On television, Gregg is known
for his recurring roles on The West Wing, Sports Night, Will
and Grace, Sex and the City and The Shield, among others and
for co-starring with Julia Louis Dreyfus on the long-running CBS comedy The
New Adventures of Old Christine. Gregg recently completed filming the ABC
pilot for Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, which would represent the
resurrection of Agent Coulson.
An experienced screenwriter
and director as well, Gregg's screenwriting debut, What Lies Beneath
(Dreamworks) starred Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer and was directed by
Robert Zemeckis. His feature film directing debut, Choke, which he
adapted from the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, starring Sam Rockwell and Anjelica
Huston premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, was awarded a Special Jury
Prize for Best Ensemble, and was released by Fox Searchlight in 2008.
Clark has written or re-written scripts for Universal, Disney, Paramount,
Warner Brothers and Fox 2000.
Gregg's second film as
writer-director, and this time, star, the dark indie comedy, Trust Me,
premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. In the film, which also
stars Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, and
Amanda Peet, Gregg portrays a loser agent for child actors and former child
star, Howard Holloway whose life is turned upside down when he suddenly finds
himself representing the hottest young star in town.
Also a theater director,
Gregg directed Kevin Heelan's Distant Fires, which was nominated for
Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards in NY and moved to the
Circle-in-the-Square downtown for an extended run. The Los Angeles
production, starring Samuel L. Jackson, won three L.A. Weekly awards including
Best Direction, Best Ensemble and Best Play and was nominated for four Ovation
Awards including Best Director. He also directed the acclaimed 1998 Atlantic
revival of David Mamet's Edmond, and created, co-wrote and directed
the Los Angeles serialized play, The Big Empty.
Fran Kranz has been working consistently
as a professional actor since he was in high school. Most recently, he
was seen on Broadway alongside Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield in Death
of a Salesman, which was directed by Mike Nichols. He also starred in
the Lionsgate feature Cabin in the Woods produced and co-written by Joss
Whedon and directed by Drew Goddard, and will next be seen as Claudio in
Whedon's upcoming adaptation of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.
From the time he landed a leading role in
his 9th grade play, Fran was hooked on acting. He continued his theater
work at Harvard-Westlake School and also attended the Oxford Tradition program
where he won a Best Actor Award for his portrayal of Petruchio in The Taming
of the Shrew. Fran went on to Yale University where he performed in
such plays as Angels in America, Bright Room Called Day, Henry
IV, Anthony & Cleopatra, and Twelfth Night. After
graduation, Fran continued to build on the list of credits he began while still
at Harvard-Westlake. More recently, Fran starred in the
critically-acclaimed play Bachelorette at Second Stage Uptown in New
York. The play was written by Leslye Headland and directed by Trip
Cullman. His film credits include Training Day, Orange County,
Matchstick Men, The Village, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Part 2,
and The TV Set.
has also starred in a number of television shows. Kranz starred as Topher,
the sarcastic, tech wunderkind on Joss Whedon's FOX sci-fi series, Dollhouse,
alongside Eliza Dushku. He was the lead in "Welcome to the Captain",
a CBS comedy series written and directed by John Hamburg. Fran also made
a memorable turn in "Always Sunny in Philadelphia" and guest starred on
"Private Practice" as well as "Frasier". He currently
resides in Los Angeles.
Sean Maher most recently
co-starred in NBC's provocative drama series The Playboy Club which
Brian Grazer produced. Maher is well known to television and film
audiences for his role as Dr. Simon Tam in Joss Whedon's Universal feature Serenity.
The multi-million dollar sci-fi feature was based on the critically
acclaimed FOX series Firefly. Maher originated the role of Dr.
Tam on the show, which has gained an almost cult-like fan following since it
ended. His other film credits include the independent film Living 'Til
the End, the story of a man who is told by a psychic of his imminent death
on his next birthday. He then lives out the year as a hopeless
agoraphobic, until he meets a young woman who slowly coaxes him out of his
Maher was born and
raised in New York where he attended
the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. During his dramatic
studies, he trained at the Experimental Theatre Wing and Playwright's Horizons,
as well as abroad in London. He moved to Los Angeles after
landing the coveted title role in the FOX drama Ryan Caufield:
Year One. Caufield led to not only critical acclaim but a holding
deal from the FOX network. Darren Star (Sex & the City)
then cast Maher as Chris McConnell in the FOX series The Street.
Maher also appeared in the final season of the Emmy & Golden Globe award
winning series Party of Five as Neve Campbell's love interest Adam
Matthews. In 2001, Maher starred opposite Mekhi Phifer in the remake of Brian's
Song. The telefilm focused on real-life athlete Brian Piccolo's career with
the NFL Chicago Bears and his battle and eventual death from cancer. Brian's
Song was produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago).
with Zadan and Meron in the 2006 telefilm Wedding Wars which also
starred John Stamos and Eric Dane and again in 2009 when he appeared in the
Lifetime series Drop Dead Diva. Maher's other television credits include
roles on Human Target, The Mentalist, Warehouse 13, Make It or Break
It, and The Dive From Clausen's Pier. Maher is a yoga enthusiast and
LGBT advocate. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his
partner and their two children.
Morgese was born and raised in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. She spent many years as a
competitive gymnast before moving to New York City after high school. She
enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Technology, from which she recently
graduated with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. Jillian was working as an
extra on the set of Joss Whedon's The Avengers when Joss asked Jillian
to consider auditioning for the role of Hero in Much Ado About Nothing.
It is her first major role in a feature film.
Executive producer Kai Cole started "Bellwether Productions" with Joss Whedon in 2011 to produce independent, smaller works. Her first feature as producer, In Your Eyes, was in development when she convinced Whedon that he should film Much Ado About Nothing -- within the month. Cole built the project from the ground up; in addition to engendering the film, putting together the crew, and overseeing the production, Cole, a graduate of Sci-Arc, designed the house in which it was filmed.
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Joss Whedon is one of Hollywood's top
creators, scripting several hit films including Marvel's The Avengers
and creating one of television's most critically praised shows, Buffy the
Vampire Slayer. Originally hailing from New York, Whedon is a
third-generation television writer. His grandfather and father were both
successful sitcom writers on shows such as The Donna Reed Show, Leave
It to Beaver and The Golden Girls.
After receiving a degree in film studies
from Wesleyan University, Whedon landed his first writing job on the staff of
the top-rated series Roseanne. He later pulled double duty on the
series Parenthood, co-producing and writing a number of episodes.
After creating Buffy as a feature
film script, Whedon brought it to television in 1996, where it became a cult
phenomenon. In 2000, Whedon garnered his first Emmy nomination in the category
of Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for his groundbreaking episode
entitled Hush. In 2002, he wrote, composed and directed a
Broadway-style musical episode entitled Once More, With Feeling which
received worldwide recognition and spawned an "Original Cast Recording"
soundtrack, which sold more than 400,000 CD's worldwide.
In 1998, Whedon developed and produced Angel
through 20th Century Fox Television and his production company,
Mutant Enemy. The Buffy spin-off gained a loyal following of its
own and ran for five seasons on the WB. In 2002, he followed up with the
critically acclaimed sci-fi drama Firefly for the Fox network. In
addition to serving as creator and executive producer on Angel, Buffy
the Vampire Slayer, and Firefly, Whedon also wrote and directed
multiple episodes of each series.
He earned an Academy Award nomination for
Best Screenplay with Disney's box-office smash Toy Story. His other
feature writing credits include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Speed,
Alien Resurrection. In the fall of 2005, Whedon made his feature
directorial debut with Serenity, based on the Firefly
Whedon's musical Internet series titled Dr.
Horrible's Sing-Along Blog made its debut online in 2008 and became a smash
success, winning numerous awards including an Emmy. Concurrently, Joss finished
his second season, working as the creator, writer, and director of his Fox
television series Dollhouse.
Recently, Whedon co-wrote and produced Lionsgate's horror/thriller feature film
Cabin in the Woods, which received enormous critical praise. Whedon then
went on to write and direct Marvel's signature superhero ensemble, The
Avengers, which was a breakout success and has become one of the highest
grossing films of all time.
Director of Photography
began as a student of film theory and criticism at the University of Colorado
at Boulder where he studied avant-garde and experimental film with (among
others) filmmaker Stan Brakhage. Upon graduation he relocated to Los
Angeles and worked on numerous independent films, commercials and documentaries
as a Camera Operator and eventually as a Director of Photography. After
many years in the trenches he photographed the critically acclaimed film Paper
Heart (dir. Nicholas Jasenovec). Soon afterward, Jay was lucky enough
to work alongside Joss Whedon as the 2nd Unit Director of Photography of
Whedon's television show Dollhouse which eventually led to their
collaboration on Much Ado About Nothing. Jay Hunter currently
resides in Los Angeles and continues to work on feature films and commercials.
My high school art teacher told me to go into fashion, because I loved drawing the figure. He knew I would
make a good living while I practiced my fine art. I had never seen a Vogue
magazine and was far behind the class in every respect to fashion. I would stay
after school and practice and by my senior year caught up to the best in class.
I was chosen to be on Bob Mackie's team for the senior design project and fell
in love with creating fine art for the figure. I had worked at fashion design
houses while in school and realized that it was too much a 9-5 job for me. I
wanted to go into costume. Where Otis was located they would often shoot Simon
and Simon and Moonlighting. I would sit on the set for hours
watching and learning. When I would go to Universal Studios I would hop off the
tram and wonder around the studio in child like awe. Everything about the
movies fascinated me. I even had the opportunity to model for Theodora Van
Runkle's drawing "club" that she holds at her home on the weekends. Finding out
from David Levy that I also drew, Theodora invited me to join the amazing group
of artist and illustrators. Her drawings are so alive and inspirational I
learned a great deal just from being a part of that group. May Routh would
later recognize me on the Executive Board of the CDG (Costume Designers Guild)
as the model she drew so long ago.
In my senior year I went to the
American Film Institute and asked the student directors if I could design their
student films. They hired me and after doing a first year project I did a
second year project - always working for free. But when they graduated, I got
real movies and worked steadily until I worked on the pilot and first 40
episodes of Power Rangers and decided that I had worked enough for
non-union wages and hours.
I joined 892 around 1991. My first
union film was Toys with Albert Wolsky as designer, which was nominated
for an Academy Award - that thrilled me and let me know that I had made a wise
decision to join the Guild. Working with Albert fulfilled every child hood
dream of the glamour of the movies.
I went back to school in 1995 to
get a two-year diploma in Theology, which included religious and language
studies. I constantly update my artistic skills as well. I am a watercolor and
acrylic painter as well as a potter and a ceramic tile muralist -the latest
class I've taken was figure and portrait sculpture, which I enjoyed immensely.
But my greatest joy is touching those in need, which constantly stretches and
challenges me to reach to greater heights.
I was married February 2001 to a
man I met during a stint of no work. I took a job as an accounts payable
assistant and ended up meeting my husband. As soon as we became a couple I got
work as a Costume Design Assistant on State of Grace with Ann Majors.
God had me there just long enough to meet Joe and fall in love. As well as my
new family obligations I also volunteer at a Juvenile Hall encouraging young
woman of their worth to our society. Being in the film business opens allot of
windows of opportunities to witness to them and encourage them. I also teach
art at a men's maximum-security state prison in Northern California.
In 2003 I had my first child after
completing 13 episodes of Firefly – my water broke on the set of Angel
– in 2005 I had my second child just after finishing Point Pleasant.
With my second child I took two years off to raise the kids. I started back to
work on Maddness Of Jane, a pilot for Lifetime, then onto K-Ville
which moved us to New Orleans for 5 ½ months, then back to California
after the writers strike to start new Joss Whedon adventures – Dr.
Horrible and Dollhouse for Fox TV.
Those lead to Cabin In The Woods
and then I worked on another sci fi great Torchwood – Miracle Day.
When Joss had a couple days off from Avengers he called me to design Much
Ado About Nothing – a thrilling two week, sleep deprived, joyous,
very beautiful film.