Film: "BABYLON A.D."

The Cast of of "Babylon AD"

A native of New York City, VIN DIESEL (Toorop) has become one of Hollywood's most sought-after film stars. Further to his huge box-office successes as an actor, Diesel is a prominent producer and filmmaker. The most recent endeavor in his entrepreneurial rise is the video game company Tigon Studios, which created the popular and top selling X-Box game "The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay," based on the character Diesel portrayed in the films "Pitch Black" and "The Chronicles of Riddick."

Diesel is currently filming the fourth installment of "The Fast and the Furious" film series, reprising his role as Dominic Toretto, as well as serving as a producer. Original cast members Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez are also reprising their roles from the first film.

Diesel was last seen in the courtroom drama "Find Me Guiltly," directed by Sidney Lumet, which documents one of the most famous mob trials of the last twenty years. Diesel earned critical acclaim for his portrayal of Jackie DiNorscio, the one mobster who chose to defend himself. Diesel put on twenty pounds to play the 47-year-old Italian mobster.

Diesel is also set to produce and play the title role in "Hannibal," which tells the story of the Carthaginian general who rode an elephant across the Alps to attack Rome in the third century B.C. In addition, Diesel's One Race Productions will produce "Hannibal the Barbarian," a children's animated series.

Diesel has recently signed on to his first lead in a romantic comedy, "Player's Rules," written by Ron Bass and Jen Smolka. He will also star in "The Wheelman," of which a video game adaptation will be released simultaneously.

Diesel starred in his first comedy, "The Pacifier," opposite Faith Ford, Brad Garrett, Lauren Graham and Brittany Snow. The film, directed by Adam Shankman, follows an undercover agent, who, after failing to protect an important government scientist, learns that the scientist's family is in danger. In an effort to redeem himself, he agrees to take care of the man's children only to discover that childcare is his toughest mission yet. "The Pacifier" was a huge box office success.

In "The Chronicles of Riddick," which he also produced, Diesel reprises the title role of Richard B. Riddick. Produced by Diesel's company, One Race Productions, it is the follow-up to the cult favorite "Pitch Black."

Previously, Diesel starred in the action-thriller, "A Man Apart," which he also produced, "The Fast and the Furious," for which he won an MTV Movie Award(TM), and "xXx," which he executive produced. In addition, Diesel appeared in "Saving Private Ryan," for which he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award(TM) as part of the film's ensemble cast. Other credits include "Boiler Room," "Knockaround Guys" and the voice of the title character in "The Iron Giant."

Diesel wrote, produced, directed and starred in the independent short, "Multi-Facial," which explored the issue of being multi-racial in today's society. The film follows Diesel, whose mother is Caucasian and biological father is African-American, on several auditions where he is told he is either "too black" or "too white" for the part. It was after seeing this short at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival that director Steven Spielberg created the role of Private Carpazo specifically for him in "Saving Private Ryan." In addition, Diesel penned, produced, directed and starred in the full-length feature, "Strays," which he describes as a "multicultural Saturday Night Fever." The drama was selected to compete at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.

Raised in Greenwich Village, Diesel gave his first stage performance at the age of seven. After high school, he enrolled at Hunter College, where he majored in English with a concentration on creative writing. It was soon after that he began writing screenplays.

MICHELLE YEOH (Sister Rebeka) was recently seen in "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," opposite Brendan Fraser and Jet Li. She also starred in Danny Boyle's sci-fi thriller "Sunshine," for Fox Searchlight Pictures; Rob Marshall's critically acclaimed "Memoirs of a Geisha," for Columbia Pictures; and the period drama "The Children of Huang Shi." Yeoh also starred in the independent film "Far North," directed by Asif Kapadia, in 2007.

Yeoh is best known to international audiences for her role as the intense swordswoman in Ang Lee's "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and as the charming secret agent in the James Bond hit "Tomorrow Never Dies" - but the Malaysian-born actress has been knocking audiences out in Asia for more than two decades. Since stepping into the action-packed Hong Kong film world in 1984, she has starred in more than 30 films and challenged traditional views of Asian women with her portrayals of strong female characters.

Yeoh clearly demonstrated that she is more than the world's action queen in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," in a performance that brought her Best Actress nominations at the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, the Hong Kong Film Awards and the BAFTAs. She was also named ShoWest's International Star of the Year in 2001. Yeoh received a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the 1997 Hong Kong Film Awards for her performance in the historical drama "The Soong Sisters."

In 2002, Yeoh added another feather to her cap by producing and starring in "The Touch," a contemporary romantic action-adventure. That same year, she was honored with a Montblanc de la Culture Arts Patronage Award in recognition of her achievement and commitment to nurture creative talents. She was named Producer of the Year by CineAsia and received The Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award by Junior Chamber International. She also produced and starred in the futuristic action-adventure "Silver Hawk," in 2003.

In October 2007, Yeoh was conferred the honor of Chevalier of the National Order of the Legion of Honor by the president of France, in recognition of her contribution to the arts and cultural exchange between Asia and France.

Yeoh does a good deal of work for charity and is also an honorary patron of amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research), the Hong Kong Cancer Fund and the ICM (Institute for Cerebral and Medullary Disorders). Recently, she became a global ambassador for the Make Roads Safe campaign for promoting global road safety.

MELANIE THIERRY (Aurora) has appeared in the films "Largo Winch," "Chrysalis," "The Half Life of Timofey Berezin," "Pardonnez-Moi," "Les Ecorches," "15 Aout," "Canone Inverso," "Quasimodo" and "The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean," the latter directed by Giuseppe Tornatore. She has also worked in several television productions and in the theater.

Born in Paris, French actor LAMBERT WILSON (Darquandier) studied theatre in London at the Drama Centre. Fred Zinnemann gave him his first leading role in "Five Days of Summer," starring Sean Connery. Since then, Wilson has appeared in more than fifty films, working with internationally acclaimed filmmakers like Claude Chabrol, Luigi Comencini, Andrzej Wajda, Peter Greenaway, Carlos Saura, Andre Techine, Alain Resnais, John Duigan and Deborah Warner.

Lambert played the Merovingian in "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions," both directed by the Wachowski brothers. He also appeared in "Timeline," "Catwoman," "Sahara," "Flawless," "Dante 101," "The Heaven Project," and "Comme Les Autres."

On stage, Lambert performed in more than twenty plays in Paris and London, including Cocteau's "The Infernal Machine," with Maggie Smith (Lyric Hammersmith); "A Little Night Music," with Judi Dench, at the National Theatre; and "Ashes to Ashes," directed by Harold Pinter (Theatre du Rond-Point, Paris). He also directed several plays, including Racine's "Berenice," at the Avignon Festival in 2001 with Kristin Scott-Thomas and again in 2008 with Carole Bouquet at Peter Brook's Theatre des Bouffes du Nord. His next stage directorial project is "Music-Hall," by Jean-Luc Lagarce, with Fanny Ardant (2009).

A trained singer, Lambert has produced and performed in three musical one-man shows -- "Lambert Wilson Chante" (1990), "Demons et Merveilles" (1997) and "Nuit Americaine" (2004), the latter a tribute to modern American composers. He recently played the roles of Pangloss, Voltaire and Martin in Bernstein's "Candide," directed by Robert Carsen at the Paris Theatre du Chatelet and at Milan's Teatro Alla Scala (2007).

Lambert has recorded several times as a singer or as a narrator including EMI's "Musicals" (1989) and Virgin Classics' "Loin" (2007), his first pop album in French.

In a career spanning two decades, British talent MARK STRONG (Finn) has moved effortlessly from the stage (Mamet's "Speed the Plow," Marber's "Closer," Olivier nominee for Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night") to television (the BBC's "Our Friends in the North" and "Births, Deaths and Marriages") to motion pictures (Ridley Scott's upcoming "Body of Lies," Danny Boyle's "Sunshine," Polanski's "Oliver Twist," Steven Gaghan's "Syriana").

Born in London, Strong pursued a law degree in Germany before returning home to study English and Drama at Royal Holloway. He next attended the Bristol Old Vic, which led to an eight-year apprenticeship on the English stage.

Dividing his early years between the theatre and television work, Strong's big break came in the role of Tosker Cox opposite Daniel Craig in the BBC2 miniseries "Our Friends in the North," in 1994. Since then, Strong has become a familiar face on British television, appearing as Inspector (then Detective Chief Superintendent) Larry Hall in two of ITV's "Prime Suspect" serials, "Prime Suspect 3" (1993) and "Prime Suspect 6" (2003). He starred in BBC2's "The Long Firm" (2004), for which he earned a BAFTA nomination), played the villainous Col. Brand in "Sharpe's Mission" (1996) and the romantic lead, Mr. Knightley, in the ITV version of Jane Austen's novel "Emma," starring opposite Kate Beckinsale.

Other television credits include BBC's "Trust" and "Fields of Gold," Channel 4's "Falling Apart," "Inspector Morse" for ITV (directed by Danny Boyle) and "Kavanagh QC" on the BBC (helmed by Paul Greengrass), and the miniseries "The Buddha of Suburbia," "Anna Karenina," the BAFTA-nominated "Low Winter Sun" and two for ITV -- "The Jury" and "Henry VII," both directed by Pete Travis.

Strong's motion picture works includes "Fever Pitch" (the English film based on Nick Hornby's acclaimed novel, also starring Colin Firth), "Stardust," "Tristan & Isolde," "Heartlands," "It's All About Love," "Revolver," "Captives," "Scenes of a Sexual Nature," and "Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day." His upcoming films include Guy Ritchie's "Rocknrolla," "The Young Victoria" opposite Emily Blunt and Pete Travis' Apartheid-themed drama, "Endgame."

Onstage, Strong starred in the National Theatre's staging of Miller's "Death of A Salesman," the stage debut of Patrick Marber's "Closer" (also at the National), Kevin Spacey's production of O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh" at the Almedia, Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow" at the New Ambassadors and the Donmar Warehouse stagings of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" and Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" (directed by Sam Mendes) for which Strong earned an Olivier nomination as Best Supporting Actor.

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