The Cast of Edge of Darkness
Photo: MEL GIBSON as Thomas Craven in Warner Bros. Pictures' and GK Films' suspense thriller "Edge of Darkness." Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.
MEL GIBSON (Thomas Craven) is an award-winning actor, director, writer and producer. In 1995, he directed and produced the epic box office hit "Braveheart," in which he also starred in the title role. The film earned 10 Academy Award® nominations, winning five, including Best Director and Best Picture. Gibson also won Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Awards for Best Director, and a Special Achievement in Filmmaking Award from the National Board of Review. In addition, Gibson was named the Director of the Year at the 1996 ShoWest Convention and received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Director, as well as a Directors Guild of America Award nomination.
He later directed, co-wrote and produced 2004's "The Passion of the Christ," which became a worldwide box office phenomenon, exceeding all industry expectations. Earning more than $600 million globally, it remains the highest-grossing independent film in history. More recently, Gibson directed, co-wrote and produced the drama "Apocalypto," which received Golden Globe, BAFTA Award and London Film Critics Circle Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film.
Gibson made his first impact as an actor, starring in such critical and commercial successes as the "Mad Max" trilogy, "Gallipoli," and the "Lethal Weapon" actioners. Born in upstate New York, Gibson moved to Australia with his family at the age of 12. He attended the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) at the University of New South Wales, where he appeared in several stage productions, including the role of Biff in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman." On the strength of his stage work, Gibson came to the attention of film director George Miller, who cast him in the title role in 1979's "Mad Max." The low-budget, post-apocalyptic thriller became a surprise worldwide box office smash and put Gibson on the film industry map. The same year, he also played the almost diametrically opposite role of a gentle mentally handicapped man in "Tim," for which he won the Australian Film Institute's (AFI) Best Actor Award.
In 1981, Gibson starred in two films that further established him as an internationally acclaimed leading man. He won a second AFI Best Actor prize for his performance in Peter Weir's true-life World War I drama "Gallipoli," and then starred in Miller's "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior." The following year, Gibson reunited with Weir to star in "The Year of Living Dangerously," for which he received another AFI Award nomination in the category of Best Actor. In 1984, Gibson starred in three very different films: Roger Donaldson's "The Bounty," portraying mutineer Fletcher Christian; Mark Rydell's "The River," opposite Sissy Spacek; and Gillian Armstrong's "Mrs. Soffel," with Diane Keaton. He went on to star in George Miller's 1985 hit "Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome," reprising his role for the last time.
Gibson then starred in Richard Donner's 1987 blockbuster "Lethal Weapon," playing the role of Detective Sergeant Martin Riggs in the initial installment of what would become one of the film industry's most successful action franchises. Over the next 12 years, Gibson starred in three more "Lethal Weapon" films, all directed by Donner.
In 1990, Gibson formed Icon Productions with partner Bruce Davey. The first film produced under the Icon banner was "Hamlet," directed by Franco Zeffirelli and starring Gibson, who won the William Shakespeare Award from the Folger Library in Washington, DC, for his performance. He has since starred in such Icon projects as "Forever Young," "Maverick," "Payback," "What Women Want" and "We Were Soldiers." Gibson also made his directorial debut in 1993 with Icon's drama "The Man Without a Face."
In 2000, Gibson became the first actor to star in three films released in the same year that each earned more than $100 million at the domestic box office: Roland Emmerich's historical epic "The Patriot"; the animated adventure comedy "Chicken Run," in which he voiced the lead role; and Nancy Meyers' romantic comedy "What Women Want," opposite Helen Hunt, for which Gibson received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor - Musical or Comedy.
Gibson previously received a Golden Globe nomination, for Best Actor - Drama, for his performance in Ron Howard's thriller "Ransom." His long list of film acting credits also includes Robert Towne's "Tequila Sunrise"; John Badham's "Bird on a Wire," opposite Goldie Hawn; "Air America," with Robert Downey Jr.; Richard Donner's "Conspiracy Theory," opposite Julia Roberts; and M. Night Shyamalan's "Signs."
RAY WINSTONE (Darius Jedburgh) recently starred with Harrison Ford in Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." He also starred in "44 Inch Chest," "Fathers of Girls," the romantic comedy "Fool's Gold" and in the title role of "Beowulf," the groundbreaking motion-capture action film directed by Robert Zemeckis. Just prior to that, he appeared in Martin Scorsese's Oscar®-winning drama "The Departed" and in Anthony Minghella's "Breaking and Entering," opposite Jude Law and Juliette Binoche.
Winstone will appear in several films set for a 2010 release, among them the biographical drama "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll," about musician Ian Dury; the thriller "13," opposite Mickey Rourke; and "London Boulevard," based on the Ken Bruen novel. He is currently in production in the role of a former Boer War guerilla in the action adventure "Tracker."
Winstone won a 1998 British Independent Film Award for Best Actor and earned a BAFTA Award nomination for his performance in Gary Oldman's "Nil by Mouth." The following year, he earned another British Independent Film nomination for his work in Tim Roth's drama "The War Zone." He received his third British Independent Film Award nomination for Best Actor for his work in "Sexy Beast." Additionally, he shared a National Board of Review Award for Best Ensemble for the 2001 film "Last Orders." Winstone earned an Australian Film Institute Award nomination for Best Actor for his work in "The Proposition."
Born in Hackney in the East End of London, Winstone was a champion boxer in school and fought twice for England. He studied acting at the Corona School before director Alan Clarke cast him in the controversial project "Scum," which was originally produced as a BBC play but was banned for its brutally violent content. Later remade as a feature film, "Scum" launched Winstone's career. His subsequent credits include "Quadrophenia," "Ladybird, Ladybird," "Face," "The Sea Change," "The Very Thought of You," "Agnes Brown" and "Fanny & Elvis." His more recent films include Anthony Minghella's "Cold Mountain" and Antoine Fuqua's "King Arthur." Additionally, he voiced the role of Mr. Beaver in the fantasy blockbuster "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."
He has also worked extensively in television, starring in series and made-for-television movies, the most recent of which is the British telefilm "Compulsion" and HBO's "Last of the Ninth." His credits include the title roles in the British telefilms "Henry VIII" and "Sweeney Todd." Winstone's next television role will be in the British drama "Ben Hur," debuting in 2010.
DANNY HUSTON (Jack Bennett) most recently starred in the hit action adventure "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and the romantic comedy "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People." He portrayed Samuel Adams in the 2008 award-winning HBO miniseries "John Adams," and starred opposite Elisabeth Rohm in Bernard Rose's "The Kreutzer Sonata," which premiered at the 2008 Edinburgh Film Festival.
Huston's recent film projects also include the British independent features "Alpha Male" and "Fade to Black," in which he appears as Orson Welles; the Alfonzo Cuaron drama "Children of Men"; Peter Berg's "The Kingdom"; and the thriller "30 Days of Night." He starred in the critically acclaimed Australian Western "The Proposition," which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, and in Fernando Meirelles' "The Constant Gardener," for which he received the Golden Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor, as well as Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette" and Joel Schumacher's "The Number 23."
Among his upcoming theatrical releases are "The Warrior's Way," with Kate Bosworth and Geoffrey Rush; Louis Letterier's "Clash of the Titans," with Sam Worthington, Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson; Ridley Scott's "Robin Hood," alongside Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett; and "The Conspirator," for director Robert Redford, all scheduled for release in 2010. Additionally, he will star in Barry Levinson's biographical drama "You Don't Know Jack," about controversial physician Jack Kevorkian, for HBO.
Huston earned a 2003 Independent Spirit Award for his breakthrough performance as a Hollywood agent in the independent film "Ivansxtc," his first feature for director Bernard Rose. Soon after, he worked with director Martin Scorsese in "The Aviator," alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Alec Baldwin, sharing a 2004 Screen Actors Guild Award® for Best Ensemble Cast. He also starred in director Jonathan Glazer's "Birth," opposite Nicole Kidman, and appeared in Alejandro Inarritu's "21 Grams" and in John Sayles' political drama "Silver City."
Born in Rome, Huston was raised in Ireland and London, with stops in Mexico and the United States. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
BOJANA NOVAKOVIC (Emma Craven) most recently starred in director Sam Raimi's horror thriller "Drag Me to Hell." In 2006, she starred in the independent film "The Optimists," for director Goran Paskaljevic, which took top awards at several international film festivals, and in Morgan O'Neill's crime drama "Solo," winner of Australia's Project Greenlight competition.
Novakovic's additional film credits include "The Monkey's Mask," "Strange Fits of Passion," and the Australian independent film "Thunderstruck." She will next star in the drama "Skinning" for director Stevan Filipovic, and in the thriller "Devil," set for a 2011 release.
In 2004 she won an Australian Film Institute Award for her role in the network drama "Marking Time." In 2008, she earned a nomination from the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association Awards for her role in the Showtime Australia series "Satisfaction."
Born in Serbia, Novakovic moved with her family to Australia when she was seven. She began acting at twelve, and was cast in her first film, "Blackrock," at 15. She studied at the McDonald College in Sydney, and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 2002.
In addition to her screen and television credits, she has a varied repertoire of theatrical performances and has worked with some of Australia's most prestigious theatre directors and State Theatre Companies, including the Melbourne Theatre Company and the Sydney Theatre Company. She is a co-founder of Ride On Theatre and has received numerous awards for her work with the company, including "Fake Porno," which she adapted, directed and produced, and which opened to critical acclaim in Melbourne, earning three Green Room Award nominations; and "Debris," for which she earned two Green Room Award nominations in 2007 as both producer and performer. Among her other notable stage accomplishments are "Criminology," "Eldorado," and "Woyzek" for the Malthouse Theatre Company, for which she earned numerous Helpman Award nominations; "Strange Fruit," "These People" and "Away" for the Sydney Theatre Company; and "Romeo and Juliet," for Bell Shakespeare Company.
SHAWN ROBERTS (Burnham) most recently appeared in a leading role in the Chris Columbus comedy "I Love You, Beth Cooper." Prior to that, he starred in George A. Romero's sci-fi horror film "Diary of the Dead" and in James Issac's fantasy thriller "Skinwalkers."
He will next be seen starring alongside Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter in "Resident Evil: Afterlife," the latest chapter of the popular "Resident Evil" series.
Roberts' earlier feature film credits include Adam Shankman's "Cheaper by the Dozen 2," with Steve Martin; Romero's "Land of the Dead"; Bryan Singer's blockbuster "X-Men"; and the successful Canadian teen comedy "Going the Distance."
Raised in Stratford, Ontario, Roberts began acting professionally at age 12 with a lead role on the CBC series "Emily of New Moon," produced by Michael Donovan. Since the completion of that show's successful run, Roberts has worked continuously in both film and television.
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