Film: I Am Legend


WILL SMITH stars as Robert Neville in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ sci-fi action adventure “I Am Legend,” distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Photo by Barry Wetcher, SMPSP

WILL SMITH (Neville) has enjoyed success in a career encompassing hit films, his own television series and multi-platinum records. He earned his first Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of boxing legend Muhammad Ali in Michael Mann's acclaimed biopic "Ali." Smith more recently starred in and produced the critically acclaimed, true-life drama "The Pursuit of Happyness." His performance brought him his second Academy Award nomination, his fourth Golden Globe nomination and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nomination for Best Actor.

In 2005, Smith starred in and produced the hit romantic comedy "Hitch," directed by Andy Tennant. The year prior, he starred in and executive produced the sci-fi smash "I, Robot," adapted from the book by Isaac Asimov and directed by Alex Proyas. Also that year, he voiced the central character of Oscar in the blockbuster animated feature "Shark Tale," opposite Renee Zellweger, Angelina Jolie and Robert De Niro.

In July 2003, he reunited with Martin Lawrence for "Bad Boys II," the sequel to their 1995 hit "Bad Boys." Smith had earlier starred in two blockbusters that topped the box office in back-to-back summers. In 1996, he took on alien invaders in Roland Emmerich's science fiction actioner "Independence Day." The following year, he starred with Tommy Lee Jones in Barry Sonnenfeld's sci-fi comedy "Men in Black," for which Smith also recorded the Grammy-winning title song. In 2002, Smith, Jones and Sonnenfeld reteamed for the sequel "Men in Black II."

Smith was already a Grammy-winning recording artist when he made his successful transition to acting in television and films. Following roles in the movies "Where the Day Takes You" and "Made in America," he received widespread critical acclaim for his starring role in the drama "Six Degrees of Separation," with Stockard Channing and Donald Sutherland. In 1995, he was named ShoWest's Male Star of Tomorrow. His film credits also include "Enemy of the State," opposite Gene Hackman; "Wild Wild West," for which he also recorded the hit title song; and the title role in Robert Redford's "The Legend of Bagger Vance."

Smith began his career in the music industry while still in high school. Teaming with his friend Jeff Townes to form DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Smith became a chart-topping rap artist. Together, they recorded several platinum and multi-platinum albums and won numerous awards, including two Grammys and three American Music Awards.

Smith's musical success led to his starring in the hit television sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," which ran for six years on NBC and earned him two Golden Globe nominations.

Continuing to record, Smith released his first solo album, Big Willie Style, in 1998, for which he won a Grammy and four American Music Awards. In 1999, he was honored at the NAACP Image Awards as Entertainer of the Year. His next CD, Willennium, featured the hit single "Will2K" and went double platinum.

As a producer, Smith is partnered with James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz in Overbrook Entertainment, which has produced such projects as "Ali," "I, Robot," "Saving Face," "Hitch," "ATL" and "The Pursuit of Happyness."

Under the Overbrook banner, Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, also co-created and produced the popular television comedy series "All of Us," which recently concluded a four-year run. Smith's upcoming projects as a producer or executive producer include the dramatic feature "Seven Pounds," in which he will star and reteam with "The Pursuit of Happyness" director Gabriele Muccino; "Lakeview Terrace," starring Samuel L. Jackson and Kerry Washington; and "The Human Contract," which marks the feature directorial debut of Jada Pinkett Smith.

Smith will next be seen starring in "Hancock," opposite Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman for director Peter Berg. The film, which Smith is also producing, is slated for release in July 2008.

(Photo: left) ALICE BRAGA as Anna in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ sci-fi action adventure “I Am Legend,” distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film stars Will Smith. Photo by Barry Wetcher, SMPSP

ALICE BRAGA (Anna) has been receiving critical acclaim and international recognition since her stirring performance in director Fernando Meirelles' Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated drama "City of God." The Brazillian-born Braga has become a fixture of her native country's cinema, with credits including "Solo Dios Sabe" ("God Only Knows"), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival; the offbeat comedy "Cheiro do Ralo, O" ("Drained"); and the love triangle drama "Cidade Baixa" ("Lower City").

Braga more recently captured Hollywood's attention with her performance in writer/director Eric Eason's "Journey to the End of the Night," opposite Brendan Fraser and Catalina Sandino Moreno.

She also has a host of promising projects on the horizon. In Wayne Kramer's upcoming "Crossing Over," Braga joins Harrison Ford and Sean Penn in a story of immigrants' efforts to achieve U.S. citizenship. In 2008, she will be seen in David Mamet's "Redbelt," opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tim Allen and Emily Mortimer, and in "Blindness," based on Jose Saramago's Nobel Prize-winning novel about a town mysteriously struck by blindness. The film, which reunites Braga with director Fernando Meirelles, also stars Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Danny Glover and Gael Garcia Bernal.

Braga is currently filming "Repossession Mambo," starring opposite Jude Law and Forest Whitaker. The science fiction thriller, based on Eric Garcia's novel, is slated for release in 2009.

DASH MIHOK (Alpha Male) will next be seen in the action thriller "The Punisher: War Zone," which will be released in 2008.

Named after the mystery writer Dashiell Hammett and raised in New York City, Mihok came up through the New York theater world and was affiliated with the esteemed City Kids Repertory. His big break came in 1996, when he was cast as Benvolio in "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet," director Baz Luhrmann's updated screen adaptation of the classic romantic tragedy.

He has worked steadily ever since, in films as varied as Terrence Malick's critically lauded World War II epic "The Thin Red Line"; Wolfgang Petersen's "The Perfect Storm," with George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg; "Dark Blue," with Kurt Russell and Ving Rhames; "Basic," opposite John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson; "Connie and Carla," alongside Nia Vardalos and Toni Collette; and "The Day After Tomorrow," with Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal. More recently, Mihok appeared in the period thriller "Hollywoodland," with Adrien Brody and Ben Affleck; the independent feature "10th and Wolf," with James Marsden; and the family film "Firehouse Dog."

On television, Mihok played real-life character Paul Janszen in the Pete Rose biopic "Hustle" for ESPN. His other recent television work includes "Pushing Daisies," "Ghost Whisperer," "Law & Order" and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," as well as the CBS telefilm "Murderous Intent." He also had a recurring role on the WB series "Felicity."

CHARLIE TAHAN (Ethan), a nine-year-old New Jersey native, made his feature film debut in "Train Wreck: My Life as an Idiot," playing the young Seann William Scott. Tahan was seen at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival in the short film "High Falls," starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard. He will next be seen in the upcoming feature film "Nights in Rodanthe," starring Richard Gere and Diane Lane.

When he is not busy filming, Tahan loves reading, drawing, boating and playing with his brother, sister and friends.

SALLI RICHARDSON (Zoe) co-starred in Denzel Washington's critically acclaimed, award-winning biopic "Antwone Fisher." Her additional feature film credits include "Biker Boyz," "Posse," "The Great White Hype" and "Book of Love," to name only a few.

Richardson currently stars on "Eureka," the number one-rated show on the Sci-Fi Channel. In addition, she is familiar to television audiences for her regular role on the series "Family Law" and guest-starring roles on such popular series as "Rude Awakening" and "Stargate SG-1."

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