ALAN TUDYK (K-2SO) has appeared on several television shows and over 20 feature films. His talents traverse drama, comedy and dramedy. Tudyk was recently seen in the Jay Roach feature, “Trumbo,” opposite Bryan Cranston, Dianne Lane, Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Louie C.K., Michael Stuhlbarg and Stephen Root, and “Welcome to Me” with Kristin Wiig.
Tudyk’s role in the Disney’s animated feature, “Wreck-it Ralph,” garnered him an Annie Award for his role of King Candy. He returned to the recording booth to voice, The Duke of Weselton in Disney’s Academy Award-winning “Frozen.” He continues his work with Disney Animation Studios, voicing Alister Krei in “Big Hero 6” and Duke Weaselton in “Zootopia.” Tudyk has also done voice work for a many other features, television shows and video games.
Tudyk starred in the well-received Jackie Robinson Warner Bros. biopic, “42,” as former Phillies manager Ben Chapman. In 1998 Tudyk first appeared opposite, Robin Williams in, “Patch Adams.” His film credits also include: “Wonder Boys,” “28 Days,” “A Knight’s Tale,” “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Death at a Funeral” (the original UK version), “Knocked Up,” “Tucker and Dale vs Evil,” “3:10 to Yuma,” “Serenity,” “Premature,” “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter” and “Transformers 3.” Additionally, Tudyk motion-performed the lead robot, Sonny, in “I, Robot” with Will Smith.
Tudyk appeared in the critically acclaimed ABC single-camera comedy, “Suburgatory.” He reprised his role in “Arrested Development” as Pastor Veal on Netflix. Tudyk also starred in Joss Whedon’s “Firefly” TV series and appeared in “Strangers with Candy,” “Dollhouse,” “Frasier” and “Justified.” He is currently the host of “Newsreaders,” written and produced by Rob Corddry and David Wain, on Adult Swim.
Tudyk attended the prestigious Juilliard School in New York and has starred on Broadway opposite Kristin Chenoweth in, “Epic Proportions,” played Lancelot with the original cast in Monty Python’s, “Spamalot,” as well as the lead role of Peter in “Prelude to a Kiss” opposite John Mahoney.
Tudyk grew up in Plano, Texas, and lives in Los Angeles.
BEN MENDELSOHN (Director Krennic) is a critically acclaimed and award-winning actor who most recently was nominated as Best Supporting Actor for an Emmy Award® for his role in the Netflix series “Bloodline.” He was also awarded the 2013 British Independent Film Award for his performance David Mackenzie’s “Starred Up.”
In 2010, Mendelsohn starred opposite Guy Pearce in David Michod’s highly acclaimed feature “Animal Kingdom” (winner of the Sundance Film Festival World Cinema Jury Prize). His performance in the film earned him both of Australia’s top awards—an AFI Award and an IF Award for Best Lead Actor.
Following his acclaimed performance in “Animal Kingdom,” he landed three starring roles in coveted films: Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” opposite Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway; Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines” with Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper; and Andrew Dominik’s “Killing Them Softly,” opposite Brad Pitt.
His other recent work includes “Mississippi Grind,” opposite Ryan Reynolds; Rachel Ward’s feature debut “Beautiful Kate,” alongside Rachel Griffiths (for which he received an AFI Award nomination for Best Lead Actor); David Caesar’s “Prime Mover”; Alex Proyas’ “Knowing,” starring Nicolas Cage and Rose Byrne; Baz Luhrmann’s “Australia”; Ridley Scott’s “Exodus: Gods and Kings”; “Slow West,” co-starring Michael Fassbender; and Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut “Lost River.”
Mendelsohn recently completed filming Benedict Andrews’ “Blackbird,” co-starring Rooney Mara, and is currently filming the second season of “Bloodline.”
DIEGO LUNA (Cassian Andor) was introduced to worldwide audiences with his starring role in the award-winning “Y Tu Mama Tambien,” alongside Gael Garcia Bernal for director Alfonso Cuaròn.
Beginning his professional acting career on stage at the age of seven and making his television debut at age twelve in “El Abuelo Y Yo,” Luna has appeared on stage in such theater productions as “De Pelicula, La Tarea” (based on Jaime Hurnberto Hermosillo’s movie of the same name), “Comedia Clandtina” and “El Cantaro Roto,” for which he accepted the 1996-1997 Masculine Revelation Award from the Association of Theatre Reviewers. Under the direction of Antonio Serrano (“Sexo, Pudor y Lagrimas”), he performed Sabina Berman’s “Moliere.” He produced “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare” in Mexico, for which he won the 2001-2002 Best Comic Actor award from the Association of Theatre Reviewers. Luna also enjoyed a successful run on stage as an actor and producer in John Malkovich’s “The Good Canary.”
“Cesar Chavez,” Diego Luna’s English language directorial debut, was released in the United States in 2014. The film starred Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, and John Malkovich. His upcoming directorial effort, “Mr. Pig,” will be premiering at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and stars Danny Glover and Maya Rudolf. These films are produced by Canana—the production company that Luna founded with partners Gael Garcia Bernal and Pablo Cruz in 2005. The Company has established itself as a leading film and television producer in Latin America and expanded operations into the United States, further extending its reach and vision to create content that touches on Latin American stories with an international appeal. Canana opens doors to new talent—actors, writers and directors—who have captured international audiences with films that offer a fresh perspective into Latin America. Luna also co-owns the branded content company Gloria, based in Los Angeles.
Luna executive produced “The Well” and “Paraiso” in Mexico. He previously directed, wrote and produced the feature film “Abel,” a heart-warming story about a peculiar young boy who returns home to assume the role of the family man, but soon learns that his actions start to have a positive impact on the family and their unity. Additionally, Luna directed one of ten short films that composed the anthology feature “Revolución.” In 2007, Luna directed the documentary “J.C. Chavez,” which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The film explores the life of legendary boxer Julio Cesar Chavez, whose rise from humble circumstances to thirty-seven world title fights mirrored the struggle of his people and allowed him to win the hearts of the world.
Luna recently starred in Amazon’s “Casanova.” Set in the 18th century the story follows the epic story of Venetian Giacomo Casanova’s escape from prison. Luna will also star in “Blood Father” alongside Mel Gibson and William H. Macy, and “The Bad Batch” alongside Keanu Reeves and Jim Carrey. His previous additional feature film credits include the animated movie “The Book of Life” alongside Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana; “Elysium” alongside Matt Damon; the award-winning “Milk,” opposite Sean Penn for director Gus Van Sant; “Contraband” with Mark Wahlberg; “Casa de mi Padre” with Will Ferrell; Carlos Cuaron’s “Rudo y Cursi”; Harmony Korine’s “Mister Lonely”; “Before Night Falls” for director Julian Schnabel; Luis Estrada’s “Ambar”; Erwin Neumaier’s “Un Hilito De Sangre”; Gabriel Retes’ “Un Dulce Olor A Meute”; Marisa Sistach’s “El Cometa”; Fernando Sarinana’s “Todo El Poder”; “Criminal” for Stephen Soderbergh and George Clooney’s Section Eight Productions; “The Terminal” for director Steven Spielberg; “Solo Dios Sabe (What God Knows)”; “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights”; “Open Range,” alongside director and star Kevin Costner; “Frida” opposite Salma Hayek for director Julie Taymor; “Carambola, Fidel” for Showtime; “Ciudades Oscuras”; and “Soldados de Salamina” for director David Trueba. Additionally, Luna has starred in a number of short films made by students at CUEC and CCC, including Javier Bourges’ “El Ultimo Fin Del Ano,” the Oscar®-winning short film.
Luna resides in Mexico.
Martial arts movie icon DONNIE YEN (Chirrut) exploded onto the Hong Kong cinema scene when he starred in director Yuen Woo-ping’s martial arts comedy “Drunken Tai Chi.” Yen, the son of legendary Boston-based kung fu instructor Bow Sim-mark, was tailor-made for the jade screen, having trained under his mother since early childhood.
As a naturally rebellious youth, the teenaged Yen went on to study a wide variety of martial arts. From an early age, he was driven to seek the best knowledge that both east and west had to offer. This background allowed him a unique perspective and skill set when it came time for him to make his mark on world cinema. Yen’s debut film immediately established him as a viable leading man, and he has remained a major figure in Chinese action cinema to this day.
Born in Canton but raised in Boston, Yen has always been unique among martial arts stars in that his persona balances both the martial virtues of his mother and the scholarly and musical ones of his father, Klysler. Aside from his training in the various combative systems, Yen is also a gifted pianist, and critics have noted the musical phrasing and tempo of his performances and action set pieces.
Yen went on to star in a series of acclaimed contemporary action dramas, in which he began to pioneer his special blend of rapid-fire kicking, Western boxing and grappling moves. Films like “In the Line of Duty 4” and “Tiger Cage 1 & 2” saw the start of Yen’s ascent as an influential action filmmaker, equally adept in front of and behind the camera.
The return of period kung fu films to Hong Kong cinema allowed Yen to develop another aspect of his screen persona. He displayed superlative classical Chinese martial arts moves in director/producer Tsui Hark’s “Once Upon A Time In China 2” and “Dragon Inn.” These films brought Yen his first real attention as a thespian; he was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category at the Hong Kong Film Awards.
Yen’s talents took him beyond acting and action choreography, and he made his directorial debut with “Legend of the Wolf,” a stylish period action drama. Yen followed this with a very different directorial venture, “Ballistic Kiss,” an urban thriller that has become a cult classic.
The western market got their first sight of this rising star from the east when Yen’s film “Iron Monkey” received a wide U.S. theatrical release. In the wake of this success, Yen relocated to Hollywood, working on several high-profile international hits. He both acted in and action-directed “Highlander: Endgame” and “Blade 2,” and co-starred with Jackie Chan in “Shanghai Knights.”
Despite the success of these projects, Yen still felt that his talents and vision were under utilized in Hollywood. His ambition was to break new ground in martial arts cinema. He returned to Hong Kong, where his confidence was borne out, as this shift of focus took his career to a whole new level.
Yen co-starred in director Zhang Yimou’s epic wu xia master work “Hero.” Yen’s duel with Jet Li brought his performance to the emerging Mainland Chinese theatrical audience and paved the way for Yen to become the country’s biggest action star. The film received a wide U.S. theatrical release from Miramax, and remains one of the most successful foreign-language titles ever distributed in the America market.
The first stage in Yen’s plan to revitalize Hong Kong martial arts cinema saw him action direct “The Twins Effect.” His work won him Best Choreography at the Hong Kong Film Awards, and his subsequent films have seen him win this same category at virtually every major Asian awards ceremony.
Yen has proved himself to be a versatile filmmaker, crafting the best cinematic interpretation of Mixed Martial Arts fighting in hits like “SPL: Kill Zone” and “Flashpoint” and recreating classic Chinese kung fu forms in such fan favorites as “Lost Bladesman,” “14 Blades” and “Bodyguards and Assassins.”
Yen’s own life journey seems to have led inevitably to his greatest success, the hugely popular and acclaimed “Ip Man.” By the time this project came around, Yen was himself a happy family man with a background as both a scholar and martial artist, just like the patriarch of the Wing Chun kung fu clan that he played on-screen. Yen became synonymous with the title character, and the movie is perceived as being the most influential kung fu film of its decade. “Ip Man” took Yen’s leading man status to new heights, and its sequel was even more successful.
Yen partnered with director Peter Chan to make “Wu Xia” (aka “Dragon”), a dark, elegant period martial arts murder mystery. The film premiered to great acclaim at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and subsequently received a North American theatrical release from The Weinstein Company.
Yen went on to play the title character in “The Monkey King,” a hugely popular reimagining of the Chinese classic. Starring opposite screen legend Chow Yun-fat, Yen also choreographed the action for the film, which smashed box office records in Mainland China. Yen was subsequently called on to revisit the greatest worldwide franchise in the history of Asian action cinema—”Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2: The Green Destiny” was shot primarily on location in New Zealand, with Yen in the lead role. The world-class creative team included legendary kung fu film director Yuen Woo-ping, acclaimed Hollywood film-makers Peter Berg and Morten Tyldum (as producers), “X-Men” series Director of Photography Tom Sigel as well as the Oscar®-winning production, costume and FX designers from the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” film series.
In 2016, Yen starred in the hotly anticipated “Ip Man 3D.” He is also developing a series of films for his own companies, Super Hero Films and Bullet Films, including the epic crime drama “Dragon City.”
Away from the cameras, Yen entered into the most rewarding partnership of his life when he married former beauty queen Cissy Wang. The couple now has two children, a girl and boy, Jasmine and James.
FELICITY JONES (Jyn Erso) is best known for her Academy Award®, BAFTA, SAG® and Golden Globe®-nominated starring role opposite Eddie Redmayne in James Marsh’s “The Theory of Everything.” Inspired by Jane Hawking’s memoir, “Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen,” the movie details the love story between Stephen Hawking, the Cambridge cosmology student, and Jane Wilde, the arts student he fell in love with at University in the 1960s.
Soon after, Jones landed lead roles in several films hitting the big screen later this year: Ron Howard’s “Inferno” opposite Tom Hanks, in theaters October 28, 2016; J.A. Bayona’s “A Monster Calls” opposite Liam Neeson, in theaters October 14, 2016; and she will also be seen in “Collide” with Nicholas Hoult and Ben Kingsley.
Jones’s past film credits include: “The Invisible Woman,” the story of Charles Dickens’s secret mistress, in which she stars with Ralph Fiennes, who also directed; Rupert Goold’s drama “True Story” opposite Jonah Hill and James Franco; “Breath In,” which reteamed her with director Drake Doremus; and Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.
American audiences first took notice of Jones in 2011 as the star of “Like Crazy,” in which she appeared opposite Anton Yelchin. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to critical acclaim, earning the Grand Jury prize for American Dramatic Film and Jones a Special Jury Award for acting. She also was named Breakthrough Actor at the Gotham Awards and Breakthrough Performance by the National Board of Review.
Prior, Jones was seen in films including David Hare’s “Page 8”; Julie Taymor’s film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” also starring Helen Mirren; Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s “Cemetery Junction” alongside a stellar cast including Ralph Fiennes, Emily Watson and Matthew Goode; and “Brideshead Revisited.” Her extensive TV credits include the critically acclaimed BBC adaptation of “The Diary of Anne Frank”; a guest-starring role on HBO’s hit series”Girls”; and Jane Austen’s “Northhanger Abbey.”
A veteran of the stage, Jones recently earned rave reviews in Michael Grandage’s production of “Luise Miller.” Additional theater credits include “That Face” at the Royal Court and Enid Bagnold’s “The Chalk Garden,” which earned her an Outstanding Newcomer nomination at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
FOREST WHITAKER (Saw Gerrera), one of Hollywood’s most accomplished actors, directors, and producers, has showcased his talents in a multitude of demanding and diverse roles. In 2007, he earned critical acclaim for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland,” receiving the Academy Award®, BAFTA Award, SAG Award®, and Golden Globe® for Best Actor. Whitaker’s intensive character work in films such as Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” “The Crying Game,” “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai” and “Bird”, for which he was named Best Actor at the 1988 Cannes Film Festival, established him as one of the most versatile performers of our time.
Most recently, Whitaker had an eventful year, starting with his supporting role alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in “Southpaw.” He recently finished filming Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi drama “The Story of Your Life,” opposite Amy Adams. He also shot A&E Network's remake of the 1977 miniseries, “Roots,” where he took on the role of Fiddler.
In addition to all of Whitaker’s upcoming films, he has decided to explore his passion for theatre. He will make his Broadway debut in Eugene O’Neill’s “Hughie,” directed by Tony Award®– winning director Michael Grandage in the spring of 2016.
As president of Significant Productions, Whitaker aims to support young, talented filmmakers. In 2013, he co-produced Ryan Coogler’s directorial debut, “Fruitvale Station.” That film, the winner of Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize and Cannes Film Festival’s Best First Film, was distributed by The Weinstein Company. Significant Productions’ latest two films, “Dope” and “Songs My Brothers Taught Me,” were also selected to debut in competition at the Sundance Film Festival, where they received excellent reviews. Additionally, both films were selected for inclusion in the 2015 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.
Whitaker made his directorial debut with “Strapped” in 1993, for which he won the International Critics’ Award at the Toronto Film Festival. Since then, he has directed and executive produced “Waiting to Exhale,” “Hope Floats” and “First Daughter.” He has produced numerous other award-winning films and documentaries, including the Peabody Award winning “Brick City,” and has executive produced several made-for-television movies and miniseries.
Whitaker was the creator and producer of DEWmocracy.com, an interactive video game and website that allowed people to select a new flavor of Mountain Dew. Under Frank Cooper, he also directed the short film that opened the game. This campaign turned into the most successful launch of a soft drink in Mountain Dew’s history.
Over the past decade, Whitaker has devoted much of his time to his humanitarian work. He is the founder and CEO of The Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative, which has current branches in Uganda, South Sudan, Myanmar, Mexico and the United States. He is also the co-founder and chair of the International Institute for Peace, UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, and a member of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. He previously served on the President’s Urban Policy Committee. Additionally, in 2014, he started collaborating with the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict as an Advocate for Children Affected by War, a topic on which he was invited to speak before the UN Security Council in September of that year.
JIANG WEN (Baze) is not only one of the most popular actors in China, but also regarded as one of the best directors and screenwriters.
As a leading actor, Wen has starred in many prestigious films, including such classics as Zhang Yimou’s “Red Sorghum”; Tian Zhuangzhuang’s “The Last Eunuch”; Xie Jin’s “Hibiscus Town”; and Xie Fie’s “Black Snow.” He is also a very accomplished director having starred in and directed the hugely successful “Devils on the Doorstep,” “Gone With the Bullets” and “Let the Bullets Fly,” the latter film remaining, along with “In the Heat of the Sun,” in which he also stars, China’s biggest grossing film.
The five films Jiang Wen has directed, written and starred in have been selected in many international film festivals, including Cannes, Berlin and Venice. His film “Devils on the Doorstep” won the Grand Prix at the 53rd Cannes Film Festival and his performance in “In the Heat of the Sun” earned him the Best Actor Award at the Venice International Film Festival. And then in 2015, “Gone With the Bullets” was selected in the main competition at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.
MADS MIKKELSEN (Galen Erso) is currently about to star in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Rachel McAdams. The film releases on November 4 of this year.
Mikkelsen was previously seen in director Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Hunt,” for which he was nominated for a London Critics Film Award for Actor of the Year. The film won the British Independent Film Award for Best International Film and was also nominated for several awards including an Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film, the BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Film, and an Independent Spirit Award for Best International Film. Mikkelsen also starred opposite Alicia Vikander in “A Royal Affair.”
He was also previously seen in “Casino Royale,” directed by Martin Campbell and starring opposite Daniel Craig; “Charlie Countryman”; “The Salvation”; “Valhalla Rising”; “Pusher”; and three seasons of the acclaimed TV series, “Hannibal.”
RIZ AHMED (Bodhi Rook) first shot to acclaim starring in Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross’ “The Road to Guantanamo.” The film won the 2006 Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival and launched Ahmed’s multi-award winning career.
In 2008 Ahmed’s performance in Eran Creevy’s “Shifty” won him the Best Actor Award at the Geneva Film Festival and a further BIFA nomination. He then filmed Sally Potter’s “Rage” and Neil Marshall’s “Centurion” before going on to play the role of Omar in Chris Morris’ “Four.” In addition to being in Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010, the film also garnered Ahmed a further BIFA nomination for Best Actor.
In 2012 Ahmed was honored with the Shooting Star Award at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival and also received a further BIFA nomination for Ben Drew’s “Ill Manors.” Other film credits include: Jean Jacques Annaud’s “Day of the Falcon”; Michael Winterbottom’s “Trishna”; Mira Nira’s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”; John Crowley’s “Closed Circuit”; Pete Travis’ “City of Tiny Lights”; Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler,” for which Ahmed was nominated as Best Supporting Male Actor at the 2014 Independent Spirit Awards and as Breakthrough Actor at the Gotham Awards; and Benedict Andrews’ “Una,” which is due for release later in 2016.
Ahmed’s first film as writer/director, “Daytimer,” was nominated for Best Short Film at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. He has just wrapped on the next installment of Paul Greengrass’ “Bourne” series of films.
Riz Ahmed’s television credits include: Hettie MacDonald’s “Banglatown Banquet”; Metin Huseyin’s “Berry’s Way”; Kenny Glenaan’s “Wired”; Dominic Savage’s “Freefall”; and Steven Zaillian’s “Crime,” which is due to air later in 2016. Ahmed also starred in Peter Kosminsky’s BAFTA-winning and Emmy®-nominated drama “Britz” and Yann Demange’s BAFTA-nominated drama “Dead Set.”
On stage Ahmed played the role of Salah in David Freeman’s “Gaddafi: A Living Myth” at the Royal Opera House; the role of Fiz in Angus Jackson’s “Prayer Room” and Cassius in Sam Brown’s “Julius Caesar.”
Ahmed is both a graduate of Oxford University and the Central School of Speech and Drama.
GARETH EDWARDS (Director) hails from Nuneaton, a small town in the midlands of England, where from a young age he dreamed of becoming a film director. Through a combination of creativity and innovation, he successfully made a career in the visual effects world, winning a number of awards including a BAFTA for the BBC documentary “Hiroshima.”
Inspired by a guerilla approach to filmmaking, Edwards went on to make “Monsters,” a sci-fi thriller about an alien attack on Earth and its effect on a cynical American journalist, played by Scoot McNairy. With a minimal crew, he served as writer, director and cinematographer, and completed almost all the creature design and visual effect shots single handedly.
“Monsters” was a huge critical success, earning Edwards a BAFTA nomination for Outstanding Debut for a British Director or Producer, three British Independent Film Awards, including Best Director and Best Technical Achievement as well as a multitude of other wins around the world, drawing the attention of Hollywood and leading to the opportunity to direct Legendary’s epic rebirth of arguably the most recognized monster of the 20th century—“Godzilla.”
The sci-fi action adventure “Godzilla,” starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston, opened on May 16, 2014, grossing over $90 million dollars on its opening weekend and $500 million dollars during its box-office run.
Edwards’ creative flair and intimate storytelling did not go unnoticed and in May 2014, the dream job came knocking as he was offered to direct a Star Wars motion picture, the incredible Lucasfilm franchise that inspired him to make movies. Edwards now enjoys an exciting time working on his most beloved project yet, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
Eight-time Academy Award®–nominated KATHLEEN KENNEDY (Producer) is one of the most successful and respected producers and executives in the film industry today. She joined Lucasfilm in 2012, personally handpicked by George Lucas to take the helm of Lucasfilm and bring in a new era of Star Wars. In addition to overseeing film, television, and animation production, she also has ILM (visual effects), Skywalker Sound (audio post-production), ILMxLab (VR), licensing, and interactive entertainment under her purview for Lucasfilm. As a testament to her standing in the film community, she currently sits on the Board of Governors and Board of Trustees of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).
Kennedy has produced or executive produced nearly 70 films, which have collectively garnered 125 Academy Award® nominations, 25 Oscars®, and have grossed over $13 billion worldwide. Among her credits are five of the highest grossing films in motion picture history: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, “Jurassic Park,” “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” and “The Sixth Sense,” as well as such blockbuster entertainment as the “Back to the Future” trilogy, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Gremlins,” “The Goonies,” “Poltergeist,” “War of the Worlds,” “Twister” and “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.”
Her diverse filmography also includes acclaimed dramas like “Lincoln,” “War Horse,” “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” “Munich,” “Seabiscuit,” “Schindler’s List” and “The Color Purple,” and animated motion pictures like “The Adventures of Tintin,” “Persepolis,” “An American Tail” and “The Land Before Time.”
Kennedy has produced the films of such directors as Steven Spielberg, David Fincher, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Robert Zemeckis, Julian Schnabel, Marjane Satrapi, M. Night Shyamalan, Frank Oz, Peter Bogdanovich and Richard Donner.
Prior to joining Lucasfilm, Kennedy headed The Kennedy/Marshall Company, which she founded in 1992 with director/producer Frank Marshall, and in 1982 she co-founded the phenomenally successful Amblin Entertainment with Marshall and Steven Spielberg.
ALLISON SHEARMUR (Producer) is a Los Angeles-based film and television producer. In addition to producing Walt Disney and Lucasfilm’s “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the first anthology film in the Star Wars universe, Shearmur is producing “Power Rangers” with the Saban Company for Lionsgate Films; “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies,” produced alongside Natalie Portman, written and directed by Burr Steers and starring Lily James, Sam Riley, Douglas Booth and Jack Huston, which Screen Gems will release in 2016; and “Nerve,” directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman and starring Dave Franco and Emma Roberts for Lionsgate Films also slated for release in 2016.
Shearmur also produced “Cinderella,” directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh and starring Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Lily James, Richard Madden and Stellan Skarsgård for the Walt Disney Company, and executive produced Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games” films.
Shearmur was the President of Production and Development at Lionsgate Films from September 2008 to January 2012. She oversaw the day-to-day development and production of the studio’s film slate and literary acquisitions. This included the purchase of the rights to and production of the box office blockbuster “The Hunger Games.”
Before Lionsgate, Shearmur was Co-President of Production of Paramount Pictures. While at Paramount she oversaw such productions as “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Beowulf,” “Zodiac,” “Dreamgirls,” “Charlotte’s Web” and “Mission: Impossible III.”
Prior to Paramount, she served as Executive Vice President of Production for Universal Pictures where she initiated development and oversaw production of such hits as the “Bourne” trilogy, as well as the “American Pie” trilogy. Shearmur was Vice President of Production for Walt Disney Pictures where she developed and supervised “George of the Jungle,” starring Brendan Fraser and directed by Sam Weisman.
“The Hunger Games,” “Bourne” and “American Pie” franchises have grossed more than a billion dollars each.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Shearmur received a JD degree from USC Law Center and is a member of the California bar.
SIMON EMANUEL (Producer) joins Kathleen Kennedy and Allison Shearmur as producer on “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
A respected member of the British film industry for 20 years, Emanuel has worked with some of the biggest directors on the largest productions including several of the “James Bond” and “Harry Potter” films. Most recently he production-managed Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Emanuel was unit production manager on Justin Lin’s “Fast and Furious 6” and Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” and prior to this he was production manager on David Yates’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” and “Part 2,” “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince” and “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.”
Having worked his way up the ranks from third to first assistant director, Simon’s other major credits include: Michael Apted’s “The World is Not Enough” and “Enigma”; Roger Spottiswoode’s “Tomorrow Never Dies”; Taylor Hackford’s “Proof of Life”; John Irvin’s “The Fourth Angel”; Len Wiseman’s “Underworld”; Michael Hoffman’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”; Stefan Fangmeier’s “Eragon”; Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Resident Evil” and “Alien vs Predator”; Stephen Daldry’s “The Hours”; and Jane Campion’s “The Portrait of a Lady.” Simon also worked with Alfonso Cuaròn and Christopher Columbus on “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” and “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”
He lives with his wife Kerry and two children in South Oxfordshire, England.
MICHAEL GIACCHINO (Music by) most recently composed the music for Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” and has credits that feature some of the most popular and acclaimed film projects in recent history, including “Zootopia,” “Inside Out,” “Jurassic World,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille” and “Mission: Impossible–Ghost Protocol.” Giacchino’s 2009 score for the Pixar hit “Up” earned him an Oscar®, a Golden Globe®, the BAFTA, the Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award and two GRAMMY® Awards.
Giacchino began his filmmaking career at the age of 10 in his backyard in Edgewater Park, New Jersey, and eventually went on to study filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. After college, he landed a marketing job at Disney and began studies in music composition, first at Juilliard and then at UCLA. From marketing, he became a producer in the fledgling Disney Interactive Division, where he had the opportunity to write music for video games.
After moving to a producing job at the newly formed DreamWorks Interactive Division, he was asked to score the temp track for the video game adaptation of “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.” Subsequently, Steven Spielberg hired him as the composer and it became the first PlayStation game to have a live orchestral score. Giacchino continued writing for video games and became well known for his “Medal of Honor” scores.
Giacchino’s work in video games sparked the interest of J.J. Abrams, and thus began their long-standing relationship that would lead to scores for the hit television series “Alias” and “Lost,” and the feature films “Mission Impossible: III,” “Star Trek,” “Super 8” and “Star Trek Into Darkness.”
Additional projects include collaborations with Disney Imagineering on music for Space Mountain, Star Tours (with John Williams) and the “Ratatouille” ride in Disneyland Paris. Giacchino also was the musical director of the 81st Annual Academy Awards®. His music can be heard in concert halls internationally with “Star Trek,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “Ratatouille” films being performed live-to-picture with a full orchestra.
“Star Trek Beyond,” directed by Justin Lin, marks his first third in a franchise and was released this summer. Giacchino’s upcoming projects for 2017 include “War for the Planet of the Apes,” directed by Matt Reeves, and “Spider-Man Homecoming,” helmed by Jon Watts.
Giacchino serves as the Governor of the Music Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and sits on the advisory board of Education Through Music Los Angeles.
- Kathleen Kennedy, p.g.a.
- Allison Shearmur, p.g.a.
- Simon Emanuel, p.g.a.
- Gareth Edwards
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
- Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy
- Story By
- John Knoll and Gary Whitta
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
- Diego Luna
- Ben Mendelsohn
- Donnie Yen
- Mads Mikkelsen
- Alan Tudyk
- Riz Ahmed
- Jiang Wen
- Forest Whitaker
- Felicity Jones
- Greig Fraser, ASC, ACS
BEST FILM EDITING
- John Gilroy, ACE, Jabez Olssen,
- Colin Goudie
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
- Production Designers
- Doug Chiang, Neil Lamont
- Set Decorator
- Lee Sandales
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
- Glyn Dillon, Dave Crossman
BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
- Amanda Knight
- Lisa Tomblin
- Neal Scanlan
BEST SOUND MIXING
- Re-Recording Mixers
- David Parker
- Christopher Scarabosio
- Sound Mixer
- Stuart Wilson
BEST SOUND EDITING
- Supervising Sound Editors
- Matthew Wood
- Christopher Scarabosio
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
- John Knoll
- Mohen Leo
- Hal Hickel
- Neil Corbould
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
- Michael Giacchino