SYNOPSIS Arthur Bishop [Jason Statham] returns as the mechanic in the sequel to the 2011 action thriller. When the deceitful actions of a cunning but beautiful woman [Jessica Alba] force him to return to the life he left behind, Bishop’s life is once again in danger as he has to complete an impossible list of assassinations of the most dangerous men in the world.
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A mechanic’s work is never done.
Following a carefully staged death by fiery explosion years before, Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) had come to believe he’d gotten out of the assassination business. The goal: a life of retirement and anonymity.
In this instance, though, Bishop wasn’t able to fool everyone. Someone knows he’s alive, someone who was once very close to Bishop. Ruthless businessman Crain (Sam Hazeldine) needs the services of a contract killer who can make the deaths of his victims look like accidents. As the only individual with inside knowledge about Bishop’s former life, Crain will do whatever it takes in order to get the mechanic to come out of retirement and provide his unique services.
Normally, Bishop wouldn’t consider the possibility, since threats to his own being aren’t about to weaken a resolve built up over years of perilous work. This particular nemesis however, knows the one card to play that will spur Bishop to comply with his demands—the safety and the life of an enigmatic woman (Jessica Alba) for whom Bishop has developed feelings.
With no other way out, Bishop agrees to return once more to the world he tried so painstakingly to leave behind. This time, he is tasked with the elimination of three unsavory targets protected under intense levels of security, including one of the world’s top arms dealers (Tommy Lee Jones). Bishop must travel the globe to complete his objective for the sake of a woman. If he can determine how these three men are linked, and why his employer wants them eliminated, he might find the edge he needs in turning the tables on a vicious man who for now has the upper hand.
For the first time in his chosen profession, the mechanic has a new motivation for completing his assignment. Because this time, it’s very, very personal…
ABOUT THE PRODUCTION A NEW MISSION
In the 2011 remake of the ’70’s genre classic, The Mechanic, audiences were reintroduced to the consummate assassin, tasked with reluctantly training a hothead protégé while also trying to find the person responsible for killing his mentor. While there was an ample amount of action throughout, the film was more intimate and character-driven, a showcase as much for the acting chops of Charles Bronson four decades earlier and later Jason Statham, who put his own personal imprint on hit man Arthur Bishop.
The result, in both cases, was an unqualified success. For Bishop’s follow-up adventure, Mechanic: Resurrection, the decision was made to broaden the scope of the series, taking its tough, ethical hit man “to the next level,” as screenwriter Phillip Shelby offers. That meant a more expansive view of the sense of danger and a better understanding of who the mechanic is. “It was an opportunity to put Bishop on an international stage, to have him do far more dangerous and exotic stunts and put him in far more interesting situations.”
According to the screenwriter, Statham’s original portrayal gave Shelby the “voice of the character” as the Mechanic: Resurrection screenplay began to take shape. The challenge, therefore, was to “build that character and take him in a new and higher direction. Bishop is unique in the sense that while he lives in a violent world, he is still a man of honor. There is something about the knight errant in him, the man who has to be the hardest and toughest man so that justice can prevail,” said Shelby.
Also, adding international flavor to the production was selecting award-winning German filmmaker Dennis Gansel to make his American directorial debut with Mechanic: Resurrection. Gansel had been in development with another project at NuImage/Millennium when he was offered a copy of the script to read. “Dennis is an up-and-coming European director,” says executive producer Frank DeMartini. “Having seen his earlier work, we felt his intelligence and unique style would bring a new dimension to the action genre, as well as additional depth to the characters.”
A fan of the first film, the director was immediately taken with the possibilities the sequel presented: a stronger look into what makes its lead anti-hero tick and lots more inventive action. “I think Bishop is a fascinating character” says Gansel. “I always saw in him elements of other action heroes including James Bond and Jason Bourne. And while I enjoyed the first Mechanic, I loved that this script offers more about the character’s background. I thought it would be interesting to dig a little deeper and show the genesis of this man, where he came from, leading back to his childhood. Our story offers a lot of fresh elements you normally wouldn’t see in an action film, which makes it more rich of an experience.”
In bringing Arthur Bishop to vivid life in 2011, Jason Statham had created yet another commanding man of action and intensity that struck a nerve with audiences and it warranted another chapter in this bold, brooding hero’s story. Statham is one of only a handful of movie stars with international success memorably continuing the adventures of a character across multiple films, with starring roles in such franchises as The Transporter, Crank, The Expendables and most recently The Fast and the Furious series. When approached to reprise the role of Bishop, Statham was more than happy to reclaim the mantle of master mechanic.
“It’s always nice to revisit a familiar character and put him in a unique world,” says Statham. “Especially Arthur. He’s a man with a moral compass. He left the business and we find him in a different place in his life, but things don’t sit very well for him, or for the people around him.”
As with many of Statham’s popular screen personas, Bishop represents the epitome of the anti-hero, a figure whom audiences have come to embrace in spite of a questionable background. “It’s a very fine line to show why the mechanic does what he has to do, and yet show the human face of the individual,” offers Shelby. But with Statham embodying the role, it’s a given that audiences will follow such a character. “There is an intensity to Jason that is absolutely compelling. You can’t take your eyes off the man. He always, by his actions, raises so many questions and then solves them, so you’re along for this incredible ride whenever Jason Statham’s on screen.”
Executive producer Frank DeMartini concurs and suggests a deeper bond Statham creates with moviegoers. “Jason plays these kind of roles with almost a practiced ease, as evidenced by his previous work in films like The Transporter and The Expendables,” says DeMartini. “He is an action hero who represents the blue-collar man on the street, to which audiences can relate. People want to envision one of their own as a big-screen hero.”
ASSEMBLING A KILLER CAST
In Mechanic: Resurrection, it’s the unique plight of a beautiful, imperiled woman that forces Bishop back into the fold. Key to casting the role of Gina was finding an actress who would bring her own strengths and magnetic presence to the part, a character who becomes a formidable ally to the mechanic. They found that actress in Jessica Alba, who was eager to join the production.
“I’ve always been a fan of Jason,” states Alba. “He’s got tremendous range, and I don’t know any other actor who can do what he’s done. I particularly like these action movies, so when I got the opportunity to do this, I thought it would be great to work with him in this genre.” Alba found Gina to be a woman of inner and outer strength. “She’s ex-military, so she knows how to fight and defend herself, and she’s definitely not a damsel in distress. But she’s not all brute and brawn. She has a heart, and it’s interesting to see the beginnings of this love story, even though it’s set in these bizarre circumstances. I don’t know if there are very many women that would be that interesting to a man like Bishop, because he’s so smart and dominant, and just moves through people. But to be the girl who’s almost on that equal level with him, makes for a great character.”
Statham loved working with Alba. “She’s such a talented actress,” says Statham. “She’s a lot of fun. Doing an action movie, the drama’s really serious and the stakes are high and you need someone to kind of soften that. She was just a dream to work with, a real pleasure.”
Having cast their female lead, the filmmakers turned their attention to finding two actors who would be worthy antagonists for Bishop. “We searched a very long time to find the perfect adversary who could inhabit the character of Crain, the man who forces Bishop to undertake his agenda,” says director Gansel. “Sam Hazeldine proved to have all of the qualities we could have hoped for.”
Executive producer Frank DeMartini agrees. “He is the total package,” says DeMartini. “He’s smart and urbane, and can project the underlying evil of the character with just the trace of a smile. He definitely fits the mold of the classic and most menacing of movie villains.”
One of the men that Bishop is tasked with eliminating is Crain’s biggest rival, the larger than life billionaire arms dealer, Max Adams. The production was fortunate enough to attract a similarly larger than life acting legend to portray the magnate: Academy Award® winner Tommy Lee Jones (Best Supporting Actor, The Fugitive, 1993). “I was actually a little bit intimidated in the beginning,” admits Gansel, “because he’s…Tommy Lee Jones! But he was such a humble guy to work with, open for any ideas, and bringing many of his own. The part itself is not very large, but what he does with the character is amazing.”
“I saw the first Mechanic [with Jason] and it was very entertaining,” says Jones of his decision to join the cast. “This is a worthy sequel because the first one was a lot of fun, and that’s what makes it worthwhile to do again. Besides, my character gets to wear some pretty cool glasses and shirts!”
The final piece of key casting would be for the role of Mei, a mysterious woman who gives Bishop both refuge and advice. When executive producer Mark Gill sent internationally renowned action star Michelle Yeoh the script, she immediately signed on to be a part of the production. “The cast alone, Jason, Jessica, Tommy Lee, was enough to get me hooked,” says the actress, “and the action is non-stop.” Of her character, Yeoh describes Mei as “mysterious. She comes into the film in the middle and she is the person to whom Bishop turns because he’s in huge trouble and needs a haven. She’s someone that he trusts implicitly, and over the course of his career, he has gone to her when he needs to move on and change identities. They have a great respect for each other. Sadly, in this film, I don’t get involved in much of the action, which is a big regret. But hopefully, that might change in the future!”
LIGHTS, CAMERA, LOTS OF ACTION
The broadened scope of this new adventure for the Mechanic would feature global locations, and as one might expect from Statham and company, gripping and exciting action sequences featuring sensational and inventive stunt work.
Given a relatively short window of shooting, it was decided that an action unit would be established, working closely in conjunction with Gansel and his main unit. With decades of experience in front of the camera as a stuntman, as well as behind the camera filming the action, Vic Armstrong was brought in to take charge of this high-octane squad.
DeMartini calls Armstrong “a legend. He’s doubled everyone from Harrison Ford in the Indiana Jones series to every James Bond except Daniel Craig. He’s known as one of the top second unit directors and he’s probably the world’s greatest living stuntman. This is the first time Jason and Vic got to work together, and they immediately had a rapport. Throughout the whole movie, Vic was creating action sequences that we didn’t even envision when the script was being written.”
“I’m very excited to be working on this film,” says Armstrong. “My whole professional life has been spent working on franchises -- James Bond, Superman, Indiana Jones, Charlie’s Angels and Spider-Man, among others -- and I’ve been lucky to have worked with some of the best action stars in the world. I sincerely feel that Jason Statham is one of those now. I’m thrilled to be working with him, as he comes from a physical background, which makes life so much easier when we set up and coordinate the stunts. We work out the fights, the logistics and the actual movement, and Jason has a huge input into all of it. For me, it’s gratifying to work with an actor that’s got a left and a right foot, intend of two left feet can throw punches, can run and fight. What’s even more important is that he also knows how to translate action into a visual.”
Statham finds great reward in doing his own stunts. “It’s something I’ve done ever since my first action movie, The Transporter, when I took the reins and got my hands dirty in the action movie world. I had a ton of experience as a kid doing many different sorts of martial arts and gymnastics and sports, and that can really give you an advantage in doing these kinds of sequences.”
As for Armstrong, when asked what he felt was the most challenging of all the stunts and action sequences, he muses, “The hardest and most difficult sequence to do is all of them, because they all have to be original. Everything’s been done before, but you have to be creative in putting different slants and flavors on it. There are so many good action films out there from Bondto Bourne and everything in between, so it’s a huge challenge to come up with something that people will react to as cool and refreshing. I think we’re up to that challenge on this film.”
From a performance standpoint, Jason Statham sees action sequences in the Mechanic franchise as an outgrowth of who Bishop is as a character. “You have to make it look inventive and smart, because Bishop’s a guy who processes things as he goes along,” says Statham. “We’re trying to look like he’s improvising with the location around him, which is quite difficult to do at times.” Also challenging, says the actor, is keeping the action authentic. “It’s trying to keep it realistic without it being over the top. With all the different action that we do, and no matter what the location is, we want to try and keep an element of realism. Then there’s the safety issue and fighting with the elements. It’s one of the hardest aspects of making action movies.”
In preparation for their action sequences, both Jessica Alba and Sam Hazeldine underwent extensive physical training. “I did it simply for the fact that I didn’t want it to look ludicrous that I would be up against Jason in a fight,” laughs Hazeldine.
Alba continues, “I had taken training in many different martial arts over the years doing action for a TV show (“Dark Angel”), but for this film, I took krav maga. I felt it would be a lot more hand-to-hand, much more intuitive fighting. In the moments that you see Gina defend herself and in action, I just wanted it to be brutal and real and intense and messy. I think we’ve accomplished that, especially with Vic shooting the action.”
Armstrong gave both actors high marks for their dedication, and the results they achieved on screen. “If she wasn’t such a good actress, Jessica would make a wonderful stuntwoman,” observes Armstrong. “She has a natural ability to throw a punch, to react, take a punch and hit the ground. I was absolutely overwhelmed by her ability and enthusiasm.”
THE THAILAND THAT BINDS
With a majority of the story taking place on the Asian continent, it was decided to film the movie in locations throughout the country of Thailand. A movie studio in Bangkok was the site in which the opening scene of the film, a spectacular fight scene set in a cafe at the top of Sugar Loaf mountain in Rio De Janeiro. A meticulous recreation of the actual location was created on a soundstage with exteriors to be filmed at the actual location at a later date. On yet another soundstage, an enormous underground submarine pen was constructed in which Bishop endures a blistering gunfight and attack in his attempts to reach billionaire Max Adams. Thailand got to play itself onscreen when filming moved to the resort island of Phuket, which served as Mei’s hideaway and refuge, and the setting of yet another dramatic fight scene.
One of the more memorable locations for the production was an abandoned prison in the town of Chathaburi, a mere fifty miles from the border of Laos. It was used for yet another extreme test of Bishop’s abilities, as the mechanic must gain access to the general population, kill an imprisoned drug lord, and escape the maximum security facilities. “It’s like a Devil’s Island or an Alcatraz,” says executive producer DeMartini. “The entire prison sequence is one of the most exciting in the film, and shows how far Bishop is willing to go to get out of his life.”
Statham says Thailand was “a tremendous place to go work. The nicest people you’ll ever get to work with. We spent most of our time there, and the warmth and generosity made for a terrific time. And it gave us such a beautiful backdrop.”
A spectacular luxury yacht, anchored in the Gulf of Thailand, just off the coast of Pattaya served as the setting for the film’s propulsive, heart-stopping finale. Shooting the sequence saw Jason Statham at his most active. On one end of the yacht, Statham would film his dramatic scenes with Alba and Hazeldine under the direction of Dennis Gansel. In between those setups, he would run to the opposite end of the vessel to join Vic Armstrong’s action unit. “Each day of working with Jason was a revelation,” says Armstrong. “He comes in with ideas and expectations and he’ll go take after take until we get things right. He’s 100% committed.”
Says Gansel, “It’s a dream to work with him. He knows his character so well, as well as the action. Every day was like a learning experience for me and at the same time, incredibly fun because he’s very open to new ideas.”
Statham’s contributions ensured that the filmmakers would complete their own mission with Mechanic: Resurrection AND give audiences more of what they loved the first time around. It may not be as lethal a job as something Bishop might get involved with, but it was handled no less committedly. “It has so many great elements that I hope audiences want to see it again right away!” says Gansel. “It’s even better than the first, which was itself a great movie.”
It has everything, says DeMartini: “It’s a popcorn movie that’s made to keep you on the edge of your seat from the beginning to the end, with nonstop action.”
ABOUT THE CAST
JASON STATHAM (Arthur Bishop) is an international star best known for his hard-hitting action films, recently starred alongside Melissa McCarthy in the Paul Feig directed comedy Spy as well as joining the highly successful Fast and Furious franchise as ‘Deckard Shaw’ in Fast 7.
Born in Sydenham, England, Statham became a member of the British national diving team as one of their top divers, eventually placing 12th in the world. While training at the famed Crystal Palace National Sport Center in London, film crews and photographers pursued him as new talent.
He eventually met director Guy Ritchie who cast Statham in his film debut as Bacon in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Statham teamed up with Ritchie again in Snatch, starring opposite Brad Pitt and Benicio Del Toro. Then French film impresario Luc Besson, trusted him in the title role of Frank Martin in The Transporter after which he went on to star in the blockbuster remake of The Italian Job, Crank, Crank 2: High Voltage, Transporter 2 and Transporter 3. Statham other credits include the highly praised The Bank Job for Roger Donaldson, Death Race, Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables 1 2 & 3, The Mechanic, Blitz, Killer Elite, Safe for Boaz Yakin, Parker with Jennifer Lopez and directed by Taylor Hackford, Homefront, Wildcard and Steven Knight’s directorial debut Hummingbird.
Statham has recently wrapped production on Fast and Furious 8 and will begin production on the Warner Bros. film Meg this fall.
JESSICA ALBA’s (Gina) acting career began at a very early age, studying at the Atlantic Theatre Company with founders William H. Macy and David Mamet. She fell in love with the craft and began acting professionally at the age of 12. She went on to star in James Cameron’s Dark Angel, gaining worldwide recognition and appeared in her first starring role in a major studio film, the 2003 release Honey, Universal Pictures’ contemporary urban drama that grossed over $60 million worldwide. She has since made over 25 feature films that have earned a combined box office total of over $800 million, including comedies and dramas, ranging from gritty independents to major studio blockbusters.
Highlights of Jessica’s film career include her 2005 starring role opposite Bruce Willis and an all-star cast in the provocative and critically-acclaimed Sin City, directed by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller. She starred as Sue Storm ‘The Invisible Girl’ in Marvel’s action-franchise blockbuster Fantastic Four, which was released by 20th Century Fox in 2005 and became a worldwide box-office success with over $300 million in revenue. She was part of Garry Marshall’s all-star ensemble romantic comedy, Valentine’s Day, which broke box office records with the largest opening on a four-day President’s Day weekend and starred opposite Casey Affleck and Kate Hudson in director Michael Winterbottom’s controversial screen adaptation of Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me. She has also starred in Robert Rodriquez’s Machete; the third installment of the hit Meet the Parents franchise, Little Fockers; and the 4D family adventure Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, marking her third of five collaborations with Robert Rodriguez.
Jessica was part of the all-star voice cast of the 2013 hit animated adventure, Escape From Planet Earth, also featuring Sarah Jessica Parker, Brendan Fraser and James Gandolfini. She appeared in the comedy A.C.O.D., which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, opposite Adam Scott, Jane Lynch and Amy Poehler and made a cameo appearance in Machete Kills before reuniting once again with Robert Rodriquez for his highly-anticipated, star-studded sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. In 2014, she co-starred in the IFC parody mini-series “The Spoils of Babylon,” produced by Funny or Die, with a stellar cast, including Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Tobey Maguire, Michael Sheen and Tim Robbins.
Jessica showcased her comedic talents as host of the 2006 MTV Movie Awards. She has appeared in a such iconic endorsement campaigns as the famous Got Milk? “milk mustache” campaign, a star-studded 30th Anniversary campaign for The Gap, and other prestigious campaigns in the U.S. and internationally. She has been featured in global endorsement campaigns for such companies as L’Oreal, Revlon, Braun, Zico, among many others, and she has appeared on countless magazine covers in the U.S. and around the world.
Jessica is Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Honest Company, which was launched in 2012 with a mission to inspire and empower people to live a healthy, happy life. Honest offers a range of effective, safe, beautiful, and responsible products and is a trusted resource for education and support across its community of members. Its growing portfolio of more than 100 lifestyle products includes baby, personal care, home care, vitamins & supplements, feeding, and gear & accessories. The Honest Company has a presence across the U.S. and Canada at Honest.com, in over 4,000 leading retail locations in North America and is available online in South Korea. Honest Beauty offers over 80 skincare and makeup products available online at HonestBeauty.com and through their premiere retail experience at The Grove in Los Angeles. The company will launch Hair Care later this year.
Honest has been honored with a wide range of recognitions and awards, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Los Angeles Region, ACG Award for Social Responsibility, PC Magazine’s Seal of Consumer Approval in Tech, an Allure Best of Beauty Award, as well as the Pioneer in Sustainability Award by the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles.
Jessica was among the top twenty of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, one of CNBC’s Next List of Rebels, Leaders and Innovators, and one of Fortune’s 10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs. She has been named to Vanity Fair’s Next Establishment, Entrepreneur of the Year at the UK Glamour Women of the Year Awards, and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. She has received the Entertainment Media Association’s Green Parent Award and the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center Champion for Children Award.
In 2013, Jessica released her first book, the instant New York Times Bestseller, “The Honest Life,” a how-to handbook based on her mission to create a natural, authentic and non-toxic life for her family. “The Honest Life” recounts her personal journey of discovery and reveals her tips for making healthy living fun, real and stylish, while offering a candid look inside her home and daily life. She shares strategies for maintaining a clean diet (with favorite family-friendly recipes), embracing non-toxic choices at home, eco-friendly decor tips to fit any budget and cultivating a daily eco-beauty routine.
Jessica’s activism endeavors are extensive. She is the spokesperson for the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition, joining leading public health experts and demanding that government leadership increase protections against toxic chemicals. In 2010, she was the global ambassador and co-chair for 1Goal with Queen Rania Abdullah of Jordan and Bono, an international campaign tied to the World Cup to provide education for all. She has been an avid supporter of several other non-profits including V-Day, Healthy Child Healthy World, Step Up Women’s Network, The Children’s Defense Fund, Declare Yourself and Voto Latino. Her passion for social justice, particularly for women and children, has led to several trips to Capitol Hill. She is on the board of directors of Baby2Baby, which provides low-income children and families with diapers, clothing and basic necessities every child deserves.
As an actress, Jessica has received Golden Globe® and People’s Choice Award nominations, was voted TV Guide readers’ Breakout Star of the Year, and won Favorite TV Actress at the 2001 Teen Choice Awards for Dark Angel. She won the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Female Actress for her performance in Fantastic Four and an MTV Movie Award for Sexiest Performance in Sin City. She received another Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress in a Horror/Thriller for The Eye and was honored by the Young Hollywood Awards as Superstar of Tomorrow in 2005. She has received multiple ALMA Awards and has been recognized around the world as a fashion icon.
Jessica was raised in a traditional American family in Southern California. Her mother’s family has a French-Danish heritage, while her father is from Mexican-Indian and Spanish lineage.
One of the most acclaimed and accomplished actors in Hollywood, Academy Award® winner TOMMY LEE JONES (Max Adams)brings a distinct character to his every film.
Jones made his feature film debut in Love Story and, in a career spanning four decades, has starred in such films as Eyes of Laura Mars, Coal Miner’s Daughter – for which he received his first Golden Globe® nomination – Stormy Monday, The Package, JFK, Under Siege, The Fugitive, Heaven and Earth, The Client, Natural Born Killers, Blue Sky, Cobb, Batman Forever, Men In Black, U.S. Marshalls, Double Jeopardy, Rules of Engagement, Space Cowboys, Men in Black 2, The Hunted, The Missing, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, A Prairie Home Companion, In the Electric Mist, The Company Men, Captain America: The First Avenger, Men in Black 3, Hope Springs, The Emperor, The Family and Criminal.
Jones was awarded the Best Supporting Actor Oscar® for his portrayal of the uncompromising U.S. Marshal Sam Gerard in the box office hit The Fugitive in 1994. For this performance, he also received a Golden Globe® Award as Best Supporting Actor. Three years earlier, Jones received his first Oscar® nomination for his portrayal of Clay Shaw in Oliver Stone’s JFK.
In 1995, Jones made his directorial debut with the critically acclaimed telefilm adaptation of the Elmer Kelton novel The Good Old Boys for TNT. Jones also starred in the telefilm with Sissy Spacek, Sam Shepard, Frances McDormand and Matt Damon. For his portrayal of Hewey Calloway, he received a Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination and a CableACE Award nomination.
In 2005, Jones starred in the critically acclaimed film, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which he also directed and produced. The film debuted in competition at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival and garnered Jones the award for Best Actor and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga the award for Best Screenplay for this film about friendship and murder along the Texas-Mexican border. The film was also nominated for the Palme d’Or and the film received four Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Feature, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Male.
In 2007 Jones starred in the critically acclaimed film In the Valley of Elah for which he received an Oscar® nomination for Best Actor and in the same year he starred in the Academy Award®-winning film No Country for Old Men written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and based on the Cormac McCarthy novel.
Jones directed The Sunset Limited for HBO. This telefilm, which premiered in February 2011, is based on the play of the same name by Cormac McCarthy and starred Jones and Samuel L. Jackson.
In 2012, Jones starred as Thaddeus Stevens in Steven Spielberg’s epic portrait Lincoln, garnering an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor, along with nominations from BAFTA, Broadcast Film Critics Association and National Society of Film Critics; his portrayal was also recognized as Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role by the Screen Actors Guild®. The same year, Jones reprised his role as Agent K in Men in Black 3, starred with Meryl Streep in Hope Springs and portrayed General Douglas MacArthur in Peter Webber’s Emperor. In 2013, he starred opposite Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer in Luc Besson’s The Family.
In 2014, he directed and co-starred in The Homesman with Hillary Swank. The film tells the story of a pioneer woman and a claim-jumping rascal of a man who usher three insane women on an odyssey from Nebraska to Iowa, braving the elements along the way.
Earlier this year, Jones was seen in the crime drama Criminal alongside Kevin Costner, Gary Oldman and Gal Gadot. The film was released in April 2016.
Jones has also had success on the small screen. In 1983, he won an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Special for his portrayal of Gary Gilmore in The Executioner’s Song and, in 1989 he was nominated for an Emmy® Award and a Golden Globe® Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special for Lonesome Dove.
His numerous network and cable credits include the title role in The Amazing Howard Hughes, the American Playhouse production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Rainmaker for HBO, the HBO/BBC production of Yuri Noshenko, KGB and April Morning.
In 1969, Jones made his Broadway debut in John Osborne’s A Patriot for Me. His other Broadway appearances include Four on a Garden with Carol Channing and Sid Caesar, and Ulysses in Nighttown with the late Zero Mostel.
Audiences will next see Jones as ‘Robert Dewey’ in the fourth installment of Universal’s Bourne series, Jason Bourne. The film will be released in July 2016.
Born in San Saba, Texas, he worked briefly with his father in the oil fields before attending St. Mark’s School of Texas, then Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in English. In 2015, Tommy was induced into the Texas Hall of Fame at the Austin Film Society Awards.
MICHELLE YEOH (Mei) is an internationally acclaimed actress and producer, has starred in more than thirty films including global hits James Bond's Tomorrow Never Dies, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Memoirs of a Geisha, Sunshine, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Babylon AD and the soul-stirring biopic The Lady. Through her films, she has challenged the traditional views of Asian women by creating very strong female roles.
In 1983, she graduated in England obtaining a BA in Creative Arts. The same year, she was crowned Miss Malaysia and soon became Hong Kong's kung-fu queen known for performing her own stunts ever since her first action film Yes Madam.
In 1997, Michelle made her international debut in Tomorrow Never Dies playing a Chinese double agent; she was the first Bond girl to equal James Bond. Her incredible stunts impressed audiences around the world. She was named the Greatest Action Heroine of all time. In the same year, she was the only Asian actress listed by People magazine as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world.
Her acclaimed performance in the period epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, directed by Ang Lee, earned her three nominations for Best Actress at the Taipei Golden Horse Awards, the Hong Kong Film Awards and the BAFTA Awards in 2001. This film won over 40 major awards around the world, including 4 Oscars® at the Academy Awards® and went on to be the highest-grossing foreign language film in American history.
Michelle received CineAsia's "Award of Excellence in Acting for Outstanding Performance as an Actor" in 1999 and "International Star of the Year" at the 2001 ShoWest exhibitor's convention. In the same year, Michelle conferred the title of Dato by the Sultan of Perak.
Michelle served on the jury at the Berlin International Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival in 1999 and 2002 respectively.
In 2002, Michelle added another feather to her cap by producing and staring in The Touch, a contemporary romantic action adventure. She was then honored with the "Montblanc Arts Patronage Award" in recognition of her achievements and commitment to nurture creative talents.
Hence, she was named "Producer of the Year” by CineAsia and "The Outstanding Young Persons of the World" by Junior Chamber International.
In 2004, she starred in the sweeping romantic epic Memoirs of a Geisha, based on the internationally acclaimed novel, produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Oscar® winner Rob Marshall. In the following year, she starred in Danny Boyle’s sci-fi thriller Sunshine.
In October 2007, Michelle was conferred the honour of "Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur" by the President of the Republic of France, in recognition of her contribution to arts and cultural exchange between Asia and France.
In 2008, she starred in the Hollywood blockbuster The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor as well as French director Mathieu Kassovitz’s sci-fi action Babylon A.D. Michelle also teamed up with her longtime friend and mentor, Terence Chang, to establish Stellar Entertainment, an Asian talent management company to nurture creative filmmakers and new talents.
In 2009, Michelle was honored with the “Influential Chinese Award 2008” in recognition of her contribution and achievement in cinema in Beijing. She also received an official tribute from the President of the Cannes Film Festival for her continuous support to the French cinema and Cannes Film Festival. In the same year, Michelle became the first Jury President for the 3rd Asian Film Awards.
In 2010, her action movie Reign of Assassins directed by Taiwanese director Su Chao-Pin and produced by John Woo, was premiered at the Venice Film Festival. Michelle was nominated for Best Actress at the Asian Film Awards and the Hua Biao Awards which is the most prestigious Awards ceremony in China.
Michelle has also lent her voice to the stellar cast of the animated blockbuster Kung Fu Panda 2 which was released in May 2011. The film was nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards® in Los Angles in 2012.
Her movie The Lady directed by Luc Besson, which portrayed Burmese Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, received critical acclaim in major international film festivals. Michelle’s inspiring and sophisticated performance was very well received around the world.
Last year, she joined the final season of Cinemax action drama series “Strike Back”. The show has been released in July this year globally.
Michelle will be next seen in a sequel of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon directed by Yuen Woo- Ping, the movie will be released in February 2016.
In December 2011, Michelle was promoted to “Officier de la Legion d'Honneur” by the President of the Republic of France for her continuous support and contributions.
Michelle was also promoted to “Dato Seri” by the Sultan of Perak in 2012.
In March 2013, Michelle was honored with the “Excellence in Asian Cinema Award” at the 7th Asian Film Awards for her continuous contributions to Asian cinema.
Last year, she was conferred "Tan Sri” by the Malaysian state government, which is the second most senior federal title and honor in Malaysia.
Recently, Michelle was honored with the “Cinema Legend Award” by Singapore International Film Festival for her outstanding achievements over the years.
Michelle has devoted a major part of her time to charitable and social endeavors. She is ambassador of amfAR (The foundation for AIDS research), AIDS Concerns, Hong Kong Cancer Fund, Live to Love and The Brain & Spine Institute (ICM).
In 2013, Michelle joined UNAIDS that leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. She participated in the first meeting of The UNAIDS and Lancet Commission: Defeating AIDS – Advancing global health in Lilongwe.
Michelle is also a Global Road Safety Ambassador for the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and a member of the Commission for Global Road Safety, which advocates for road injury to be recognized as a global public health and development priority. Since 2008 she has been a leading campaigner for the Make Roads Safe campaign, including leading its successful Call for a Decade of Action at the events around the world, and also travels widely to film the documentary Turning Point which was broadcasted worldwide on the BBC in 2009.
In March 2010 and April 2014 respectively, she represented Malaysia at the UN General Assembly, where 100 governments approved the proposal for the Decade of Action. She was also invited to speak at the World Bank, Asia Development Bank and Ministerial Conference.
Michelle is a passionate advocate for wildlife conservation and environmental protection. She worked together with National Geographic to make the documentary Amongst the Great Ape in order to raise awareness about Wildlife conservation in Sabah, Malaysia in 2009.
In 2013, Michelle produced a documentary PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey. It is the harrowing adventure of 700 people, trekking across the Himalayas with a call to save the planet’s “3rd Pole,” a glacial region now devastated by the climate chaos associated with global warming.
Recently, she joined Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to launch a non-profit initiative, the Suu Foundation. Michelle is a board member of the foundation aimed at improving health care and education in Myanmar.
In addition to her film and charity activities, Michelle is international brand ambassadress for Resorts World Genting (resort hotel) and Richard Mille (luxury watches).
Michelle took an artistic and expressive approach to the design of her own watch with Richard Mille in 2011. The limited-edition watch was launched in 2011.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS DENNIS GANZEL (Director) is a preeminent and decorated German filmmaker. He shot his first feature film, Das Phantom, in 2000 while studying at Munich Film School HFF. Gansel is best known for directing The Wave and his vampire film We Are The Night, which starred Karoline Herfurth, Nina Hoss, Jennifer Ulrich, Anna Fischer and Max Riemelt. Other notable directorial works include Before The Fall and The Fourth State. Gansel currently resides in Berlin, Germany.
PHILLIP SHELBY (Screenwriter, Story by) is the author of numerous bestselling international thrillers. His works - including Days of Drums, Gatekeeperand Last Rights – have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. Days of Drumswas bought by Tristar for a feature film and This Far From Paradisewas made into a miniseries by German television. He also co-authored The Cassandra Compactwith Robert Ludlum.
Shelby has sold projects to Columbia, MGM, CBS Films, Millennium and others. Survivor was his first produced picture (2015). Sony Television optioned a pilot for a series called “Aftermath.”
Philip lives in Los Angeles and is represented by Jon Levin at Creative Artists Agency.
TONY MOSHER (Screenwriter)was born in rural Iowa and has lived on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Miami and New York City where he spent four years working with and being mentored by writer / director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull). Since then, Mosher's screenplays and short films have been awarded numerous prizes and have screened in festivals from Nantucket to Beijing. He has written professionally for Miramax Films, MRC, Millennium Films, Silver Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures and is currently adapting the New York Times best-selling book, Picking Cotton, about the 1986 wrongful conviction of Ronald Cotton and the astonishing post-exoneration friendship that blossomed between him and the woman who put him away eleven year earlier. Mosher currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, young son and two dogs.