Tony and BAFTA award-winning actress
(Lucy) has proven to be one of Hollywood’s most talented young actresses. The Golden Globe Award nominee recently starred in Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier , opposite Chris Evans;
Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin; and Jon Favreau’s ensemble comedy Chef, opposite Robert Downey, Jr. and Dustin Hoffman. In addition, she lent her voice to Spike Jonze’s critically acclaimed sci-fi romance Her, in the role of Samantha, an operating system, and earned the Best Actress Award at the Rome Film Festival. She also starred in Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut, Don Jon. Next, Johansson will reprise her role as Natasha Romanoff/ Black Widow in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron. In 2003, Johansson received rave reviews and was awarded the Upstream Prize for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival for her starring role opposite Bill Murray in Lost in Translation, the critically acclaimed second film by director Sofia Coppola. Additionally, she won a Tony Award in 2010 for her Broadway debut in Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge, opposite Liev Schreiber. In 2013, Johansson wrapped her second run on Broadway as Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
At age 14, Johansson attained worldwide recognition for her performance as Grace MacLean, the teen traumatized by a riding accident in Robert Redford’s The Horse Whisperer. She went on to star in Terry Zwigoff’s Ghost World, garnering Best Supporting Actress at the Toronto Film Critics Association Awards. Johansson was also featured in Joel and Ethan Coen’s dark drama The Man Who Wasn’t There, opposite Billy Bob Thornton and Frances McDormand.
Her other film credits include The Avengers; Hitchcock, opposite Anthony Hopkins; Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo; the box-office hit Iron Man 2; Paul Weitz’s In Good Company; A Love Song for Bobby Long, opposite John Travolta, which garnered her a Golden Globe Award nomination (her third in two years); Woody Allen’s Match Point, for which she earned her fourth consecutive Golden Globe Award nomination in three years; He’s Just Not That Into You; Vicky Cristina Barcelona; The Other Boleyn Girl; The Spirit; Girl With a Pearl Earring, opposite Colin Firth; The Island, opposite Ewan McGregor; Brian De Palma’s The Black Dahlia; Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige; and The Nanny Diaries.
Additionally, Johansson was seen in Rob Reiner’s comedy North and the thriller Just Cause, with Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne, and had a breakthrough role at age 12 in the critically praised Manny & Lo, which earned her a Film Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead.
A New York native, Johansson made her professional acting debut at age eight in the off- Broadway production of Sophistry, with Ethan Hawke, at New York’s Playwrights Horizons theater.
Academ y Aw ard ® -winning actor
(Professor Norman) is one of the most recognizable figures in American cinema. His works are among the most critically and commercially successful films of all time. Freeman himself ranks 10th among the world’s top- grossing actors of all time,with his films having earned more than $3 billion in cumulative ticket sales. Whether a role requires an air ofgravitas, a playful smile, a twinkle of the eye or a world- weary yet insightful soul, Freeman’s ability to delve to the core of a character and infuse it with a quiet dignity has resulted in some of the most memorable portrayals ever recorded on film.
Freeman won an Academy Award® in 2005 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in Million Dollar Baby. In 1990, he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture—Comedy / Musical for his performance in Driving Miss Daisy. Freeman also received Academy Award® nominations in 1988 for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Street Smart, in 1995 for Best Actor in a Leading Role for The Shawshank Redemption and in 2010 for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Invictus.
Freeman was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards. In 2011, Freeman received the 39th AFI Life Achievement Award. In 2000, Freeman was honored with the Hollywood Outstanding Achievement in Acting Award at the Hollywood Film Festival. He won the coveted Kennedy Center Honor in 2008 for his distinguished acting career. In 2009, Freeman won the National Board of Review award for Best Actor for his performance as Nelson Mandela in the acclaimed film Invictus. In addition to his Academy Award® nomination for Best Actor, he received a Golden Globe Award nomination and a Broadcast Film Critics Association nomination for the role. The picture was produced by Revelations Entertainment, the company he co-founded with Lori McCreary in 1996, with a mission to produce films that reveal truth. Since its inception, Revelations has continued to be a frontrunner in the field of digital technology. Other Revelations features include The Code, The Magic of Belle Isle, Levity, Under Suspicion, Mutiny, Bopha!, Along Came a Spider, Feast of Love, 10 Items or Less, The Maiden Heist and The 16th Man, part of the Peabody Award-winning ESPN “30 for 30” documentary series.
Through Revelations Entertainment, Freeman serves as an executive producer with McCreary on CBS’ upcoming Madam Secretary, starring Téa Leoni, which debuts in September.
Freeman hosts and is an executive producer for the Primetime Emmy Award-nominated series Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. In its fifth season on the Science Channel, the show is produced in conjunction with Revelations Entertainment.
Freeman will be seen in the upcoming films The Last Knights, Eagle Films and Revelations Entertainment’s Love Like That and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Dolphin Tale 2.
Most recently, Freeman starred in Transcendence, The Lego Movie, Last Vegas, Now You See Me, Oblivion, Olympus Has Fallen and The Dark Knight Rises.
Freeman narrated the Science Channel program Stem Cell Universe and the IMAX documentary Island of Lemurs: Madagascar. He will be heard narrating the upcoming historical documentary We the People. Past narrations include two Academy Award®-winning documentaries: The Long Way Home and March of the Penguins.
Freeman’s past acting credits include Dolphin Tale, Born to be Wild 3D, The Dark Knight, The Bucket List, Glory, Clean and Sober, Lean on Me, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Unforgiven, Se7en, Kiss the Girls, Amistad, Deep Impact, Nurse Betty, The Sum of All Fears, Bruce Almighty, Coriolanus, Attica, Brubaker, Eyewitness, Death of a Prophet and Along Came a Spider.
After beginning his acting career on the off- Broadway stage productions of The Niggerlovers and the all African-American production of Hello, Dolly!, Freeman segued into television. He played several recurring characters on the long-running Children’s Television Workshop classic The Electric Company in 1971-76. Looking for his next challenge, he set his sights on both the “Great White Way” and silver screen simultaneously and quickly began to fill his resume with memorable performances.
In 1978, Freeman won a Drama Desk award for his role as Zeke in The Mighty Gents; he was also nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.
His stage work continued to earn him accolades and awards, including Obie Awards in 1980, 1984 and 1987 and a second Drama Desk nomination in 1987 for the role of Hoke Colburn, which he created for the Alfred Uhry play Driving Miss Daisy and reprised in the 1989 movie of the same name.
In his spare time, Freeman loves the freedom of both sea and sky; he is a longtime sailor and has a private pilot’s license. He also has a love for blues and seeks to keep it in the forefront through his Ground Zero Club in Clarksdale, Mississippi, the birthplace of blues music. In 1973, he co- founded the Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop, now in its 41st season. The workshop seeks to serve successful playwrights of the new millennium. He is a member of the board of directors of Earth Biofuels (now known as: Evolution Energy), a company whose mission is to promote the use of clean-burning fuels. He also supports Artists for a New South Africa and the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED).
Freeman has been named as one of Forbes’ Most Trustworthy Celebrities each of the f ive times the list has been published since 2006.
Born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1972, AMR WAKED
(Pierre Del Rio) studied economics and theater at The American University in Cairo. At the beginning of his career as an actor, Waked joined the Temple Theatre troupe in 1994 and the Yaaru Theatre troupe in 1999, where he received his training and developed skills as a stage performer. Drawing on his onstage experience, Waked was able to land his f irst role on the big screen in 1998 in Osama Fawzy’s Gannet el Shayateen. Waked’s award- winning performance paved the way for him to become a popular actor, famous for his gravitas and vast range.
In 2005, Waked was seen in Stephen Gaghan’s Syriana , his f irst role in an inter national movie. His performance was well-received and brought him more oppor tunities in international productions, including House of Saddam and Lasse Hallström ’s Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Also in 2005, Waked co-founded the production company zad communication and production, which aims to focus on developmental and social issues in Egypt and the Middle East.
In 2012, zad communication and production produced its f irst feature f ilm, Winter of Discontent, directed by Ibrahim El Batout, which premiered at the 69th Annual Venice Film Festival.
CHOI MIN-SIK (Mr. Jang) was born in Seoul,
South Korea, on April 27, 1962. Min-Sik made his acting debut in Kuro Arirang in 1989, and has since appeared in such f ilms as All that Falls Has Wings, Our Twisted Hero, No. 3, The Quiet Family , Swiri , Happy End, Failan and Painted Fire, and television series Moon of Seoul and The Age of Ambition.
In Oldboy, he starred as Oh Dae-su, a man who has been locked up in a private makeshift prison for 15 years by someone he doesn’tknow. Oldboy won the Grand Prix at the 57th Annual Cannes Film Festival and earned Min- Sik global recognition. After that, he appeared in f ilms such as Springtime, Crying Fist and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.
Min-Sik is one of the leading actors of South Korea and has received numerous Best Actor awards, including at the Dae Jong Film Awards, 35th Annual Baeksang Arts Awards, the 4th Annual Deauville Asian Film Festival, 2012 Blue Dragon Awards, the Korean Association of Film Critics’ Awards, Chunsa Film Festival and the 3rd Annual Korea Film Awards. In addition, he was named Actor of the Year at the 7th Annual Directors’ Cut Awards and won Best Supporting Actor at the 38th Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Min-Sik was inspired to become an actor by watching f ilms directed by Ha Gil-jong. He joined the drama company Roots when he was a senior in high school. After graduating from high school, he entered Dongguk University and majored in theater and drama. He shares: “What I learned in university was not just basic skills of acting. I learned what characteristics one should have to be an actor. I learned the right characteristics through acting in plays: the kind of attitudes and aptitudes to be nurtured as an actor.” Professor Ahn Min-soo, who taught Min-Sik at Dongguk University, helped him pave the way to become a successful actor.
After g raduation, Min-Sik appeared on stage in a number of plays, including Equus . Nearly 10 years after starting his acting career, he rose to “overnight” stardom starring in the TV drama Years of Ambition. He next played Ma Dong-pal, a prosecutor with a hot temper, in No. 3.
Most recently, Min-Sik appeared in Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time and New World.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS
LUC BESSON (Written and Directed by)
began his career in cinema in 1977, working a number of assistant director positions in France and the United States, and thereby gradually positioning himself as one of the few French directors and producers with an international scope.
In 1983, Besson made his directorial debut with The Last Battle, which earned him recognition at the Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival.
Two years later, he directed Subway, which starred Isabelle Adjani and Christopher Lambert. The film received three César Awards. Besson’s visual style was clearly established.
Building on his success, Besson wrote and directed The Big Blue. Though poorly received at the Cannes Film Festival, the film went on to become a veritable social phenomenon.
Despite an unfavorable critical climate, La Femme Nikita (1990) and Léon: The Professional (1994) were both publicly acclaimed, solidly establishing his popularity in France and earning him an international reputation.
Between these f ilms, Besson directed Atlantis (1991), a documentary aimed at raising awareness about the beauty of nature and the need to protect the environment.
In 1995, he launched into directing a bold science-fiction film: The Fifth Element. The blockbuster became one of the biggest box-office hits of any French film in the United States. In 1998, Besson took home a César Award for Best Director.
In 1999, he directed his version of Joan of Arc, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, which earned him another nomination for Best Director at the César Awards.
In 2000, he was named President of the Jury for the 53rd Annual Cannes Film Festival, becoming the youngest jury president in the history of the festival.
Also in 2000, Besson co-created EuropaCorp and devoted a majority of the next five years to production, making EuropaCorp one of the major studios of the European film industry.
In 2005, he returned to directing with Angel-A. In 2006, he directed and co-wrote his first animated picture, Arthur and the Invisibles, which was adapted from the book he wrote. Arthur and the Invisibles spawned two sequels: Arthur 2: The Revenge of Maltazard (2009) and Arthur 3: The War of the Two Worlds (2010).
In 2010, Besson adapted Jacques Tardi’s series of graphic novels “The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec,” for the screen, which starred Louis Bourgoin in the title role.
In 2011, he directed Michelle Yeoh in The Lady, about Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi.
In 2013, Besson brought Tonino Benacquista’s acclaimed novel “Malavita” to the screen in The Family, which starred Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Throughout his directing career, Besson has directed music videos for a number of artists, including Serge Gainsbourg and Mylène Farmer, as well as commercials for internationally renowned brands.
In addition to the films he has directed, Besson has written more than 20 screenplays for features, including the Taxi series and Taken 2, which currently lays claim to being the biggest box-office hit of any French film in the United States.
VIRGINIE BESSON-SILLA (Produced by)
was born in Ottawa, Canada, to a family of diplomats and spent her childhood traveling the world, from Mali and Senegal to the United States and France.
After graduating from The American University of Paris with a degree in business administration, Besson-Silla sought her first job in the field she loved more than any: cinema.
In 1994, Besson-Silla began working for Patrice Ledoux, general director of Gaumont Film Company, where she saw Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element through to the release, followed by Besson’s The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc.
In 1999, Besson founded EuropaCorp and offered Besson-Silla a position in the venture. She accepted and produced her first film, Yamakasi— Les samouraïs des temps modernes, a year later. Yamakasi—Les samouraïs des temps modernes debuted to huge success and earned more than $27 million in its box-office run.
Over the course of thirty years, MARC SHMUGER (Executive Producer) has distinguished himself through hands-on business and creative leadership in the film industry. Shmuger is the CEO of Global Produce, a production company with a first- look deal at Universal Pictures. The company’s f irst two productions, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks and The Spectacular Now, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and garnered tremendous critical acclaim. We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks won the Producers Guild of America’s award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Pictures and was nominated for BAFTA, Writers Guild of America and International Documentary Association awards. In 2013, The Spectacular Now won the Special Jury Prize for Acting at the Sundance Film Festival and was named one ofthe Top 10 Independent Films by the National Board of Review.
Prior to Global Produce, Shmuger worked at Universal Pictures for 12 years, rising from president of marketing to vice chairman and then to chairman in 2006. As chairman, Shmuger green-lighted, developed and distributed a wide variety of highly successful movies, including The Bourne Ultimatum, American Gangster, Inglourious Basterds, Wanted, Knocked Up and Mamma Mia! Under Shmuger’s leadership, Universal Pictures’ films were among the industry’s most acclaimed by critics and awards’ groups, earning a notable 54 Oscar® nominations, 78 BAFTA nominations and 45 Golden Globe nominations.
Prior to joining Universal Pictures, Shmuger worked for seven years in marketing positions at Sony Pictures Entertainment, rising to executive vice president of marketing, where he created and supervised campaigns for many successful films, including Men in Black, Air Force One, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, In the Line of Fire and Groundhog Day.
Shmuger’s long history of innovative achievement in marketing and distribution has been recognized with top prizes from every major advertising group, including multiple Clio, Telly, Addy, New York Festivals World’s Best Advertising and Key Art awards. Advertising Age honored Shmuger in 1999 and 2000 as the Entertainment Marketer of the Year, making him the f irst person to ever receive this distinction twice.
Shmuger is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and has served on the board of trustees for the American Film Institute. He and his wife, Louise Hamagami, are actively involved in, and serve on, multiple boards for charities that focus on underprivileged children, education and Africa. The couple has two sons.
Shmuger is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wesleyan University.
THIERRY ARBOGAST, AFC (Director
of Photography) has collaborated with Luc Besson for more than 20 years, after meeting on La Femme Nikita in 1989.
Passionate about photography and cameras, Arbogast halted his school studies at age 17 and accepted a small job in the French f ilm industry. He draws inspiration from other cinematographers, including Vittorio Storaro ( Apocalypse Now ) and Gordon Willis (The Godfather series).
Arbogast’s career spans more than 40 years and 60 movies, including Yves Amoureux’s Le beauf, Besson’s Léon: The Professional, Gilles Mimouni’s The Apartment, Pitof ’s Catwoman, Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg’s Bandidas, Frédéric Forestier and Thomas Langmann’s Asterix at the Olympic Games and Atiq Rahimi’s The Patience Stone.
Arbogast has won three César Awards for Best Photo for his work on Le hussard sur le toit (The Horseman on the Roof), Bon voyage and The Fifth Element. In 1997, he received the Technical Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for She’s So Lovely and The Fifth Element. In 2006, he received the Special Mention and Audience Award at the Manaki Brothers International Cinematographers’ Film Festival for Tajnata kniga (The Secret Book).
HUGUES TISSANDIER (Production Designer) served as the production designer of one of the boldest European cinematic productions: the Arthur and the Invisibles trilogy of animated films, written and directed by Luc Besson.
Tissandier began his collaboration with Besson in 1998 with The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc. In 2011, he won the César Award for Best Set Design for The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec, also directed by Besson.
Tissandier’s additional film credits include The Transporter, Taken, The Lady and The Family.
JULIEN REY (Editor) began his film career editing the short film L’ancien in 2002. Since then, Rey has edited films such as Arthur 2: The Revenge of Maltazard, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec, The Lady and The Family. Lucy marks his fifth collaboration as editor for writer/director Luc Besson.
OLIVIER BERIOT (Costume Designer) has served as the costume designer for more than 50 films. Beriot is a repeat collaborator with writer/director Luc Besson, working with him on several f ilms, including The Lady, The Family, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec and Arthur and the Invisibles.
Beriot most recently helmed the costume department for McG’s 3 Days to Kill.
Up next, Beriot’s work can be seen in the third installment of the global juggernaut Taken series, Taken 3, which is co-written by Besson.
French composer ERIC SERRA (Original Score by) wrote his f irst film score for Luc Besson’s Le dernier combat (The Last Battle) and has since collaborated with the director 13 times—most recently on the biographical drama The Lady, which starred Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis. Serra provided the synthesizer score for GoldenEye and scored the Bruce Willis sci-fi thriller The Fifth Element. In addition, he wrote the music for John McTiernan’s action film Rollerball, the romantic comedy Jet Lag and the martial-arts film Bulletproof Monk. His music can currently be heard in the Cirque du Soleil show CRISS ANGEL Believe in Las Vegas.
Serra was born in Paris to popular French songwriter Claude Serra. The younger Serra played guitar and bass in various jazz and rock ensembles during the ’70s and ’80s before being solicited to write the music for Besson’s short film
L’avant dernier. Over the course of his career, he has been nominated for six César Awards for Best Music, winning one for his work on Besson’s The Big Blue (Le grand bleu).