Monday 6th June 2011
Dr. Martin Harris (Liam Neeson) awakens after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife (January Jones) suddenly doesn't recognize him and another man (Aidan Quinn) has assumed his identity. Ignored by disbelieving authorities and hunted by mysterious assassins, he finds himself alone, tired and on the run. Aided by an unlikely ally (Diane Kruger), Martin plunges headlong into a deadly mystery that will force him to question his sanity, his identity and just how far he's willing to go to uncover the truth. Unknown features Academy Award® nominee Liam Neeson (Schindler's List), Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds) and January Jones (TV's Mad Men). The film also stars Aidan Quinn (TV's The Book of Daniel), Bruno Ganz (The Reader) and Oscar® nominee Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon).
The film was directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan), from a screenplay by OliverButcher & Steve Cornwell, based on the novel Out of My Head by Didier van Cauwelaert.
Unknown is produced by Joel Silver, Leonard Goldberg and Andrew Rona. SusanDowney, Steve Richards, Sarah Meyer and Peter McAleese served as executive producers, with Richard Mirisch, Adam Kuhn, Charlie Woebcken, Christoph Fisser and Henning Molfenter co-producing. Collet-Serra's behind-the-scenes collaborators included director of photography FlavioLabiano, production designer Richard Bridgland, editor Tim Alverson and two-time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Ruth Myers (Emma, The Addams Family).
Unknown was shot entirely in Germany, using Studio Babelsberg, the oldest largescale studio complex in the world. Studio Babelsberg is also a co-producer on the film, under an agreement with Silver's Dark Castle Entertainment. Locations also included Berlin and Leipzig.
Liam Neeson (Dr. Martin Harris) is an award-winning actor, who has beeninternationally recognized for his work in both major studio blockbusters and acclaimed independent features. He has been honored for his depictions of three very different real-life figures. Neesonreceived Academy Award®, Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominations for his performance as Oskar Schindler in Steven Spielberg's 1993 Oscar®-winning Best Picture Schindler's List. Three years later, he played the title role in Neil Jordan's biopic Michael Collins, earning another Golden Globe nomination and winning an Evening Standard British Film Award and the 1996 Venice Film Festival's Volpi Cup for his impassioned portrayal of the Irish Republican hero. In 2004, Neeson starred as controversial sex researcher Alfred Kinsey in Bill Condon's Kinsey, for which he garnered his third Golden Globe nomination and an Independent Spirit Award nomination and won a Los Angeles Film Critics Award.
More recently, Neeson starred in The A Team; Clash of the Titans; the independentfilm Chloe, directed by Atom Egoyan; After.Life; Paul Haggis' romantic thriller The Next Three Days; and the hit thriller Taken. In addition, his distinctive voice was hear in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, reprising the role of Aslan, which he previously played in the Chronicles of Narnia films, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian.
Neeson is also well known to film fans for his work in two blockbuster film franchises: playing the role of Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace and the enigmatic Henri Ducard in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins. Born in Ireland, Neeson began acting in 1976 with the Lyric Players Theatre in Belfast and made his professional debut in Joseph Plunkett's The Risen People. After two years, he joined the famed repertory company of Dublin's Abbey Theatre, appearing in their production of Brian Friel's Translations. He later won a Best Actor award for his performance in Sean O'Casey's The Plough and the Stars at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, England.
In 1980, director John Boorman spotted Neeson playing Lennie in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men and cast him in the Arthurian epic feature Excalibur. During that decade, Neeson played a wide range of characters in such films as Roger Donaldson's The Bounty; Roland Joffe's The Mission; Lamb, in the title role; Andrei Konchalovsky's Duet for One; A Prayer for the Dying; Peter Yates' Suspect; The Good Mother; and High Spirits, which marked his first collaboration with director Neil Jordan.
Neeson's later film work includes starring roles in a long list of titles, including SamRaimi's Darkman; Crossing the Line; Under Suspicion; Woody Allen's Husbands and Wives; John Madden's Ethan Frome, playing the title role; Michael Apted's Nell, with Jodie Foster and Natasha Richardson; Rob Roy, portraying the title character; Barbet Schroeder's Before and After, opposite Meryl Streep; Les Miserables; Kathryn Bigelow's K-19: The Widowmaker; Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York; Richard Curtis' ensemble hit Love Actually; Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven; and Neil Jordan's Breakfast on Pluto.
Throughout his career, Neeson has returned to the stage. He made hisBroadway debut in the 1993 revival of Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie, for which he garnered a Tony Award nomination. In 1998, he played Oscar Wilde in David Hare's play The Judas Kiss, which opened in London's West End and subsequently moved to Broadway. He returned to Broadway in 2002 to play Proctor in Sir Richard Eyre's acclaimed production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible, opposite Laura Linney, earning a second Tony Award nomination and a Drama Desk Award nomination. Neeson most recently starred in the 2008 Lincoln Center Festival presentation of Samuel Beckett's Eh Joe, directed by Atom Egoyan and produced by Dublin's Gate Theatre.
Diane Kruger (Gina) starred in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds, opposite Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz and Mike Myers, which premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2009. The film opened to rave reviews and reached number one at the box office grossing over $200 million world wide. Inglourious Basterds has also been a huge critical success, with Diane winning People's Choice, Critic's Choice and SAG Awards® as part of the Best Ensemble cast.
In addition to multiple award wins and nominations, the movie garnered eight Academy Award® nominations in all the major categories, including Best Picture. Diane was individually nominated for a SAG Award® as 'Best Supporting Actress' for her portrayal of 'Bridget Von Hammersmark.' Diane's first international movie, Paul McGuigan's Wicker Park, saw her starring opposite Josh Hartnett. This caught the attention of Wolfgang Petersen who launched her to fame as the infamous 'Helen' in his film Troy. Then followed Bruckheimer's National Treasure with Nicolas Cage, the Oscar® nominated foreign film Joyeux Noel, Copying Beethoven opposite Ed Harris, Goodbye Bafana, Bille Auguist's Mandela story with Joe Fiennes and National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets, which grossed over $440 million worldwide.
In addition to several recent successes in Europe, including French hit Pour Elle, for which US remake rights were sold to the Oscar® winning pairing of Paul Haggis and Russell Crowe, Diane can also be seen in Mr Nobody alongside Jared Leto, Sarah Polley and Rhys Ifans and Baltasar Kormákur's harrowing independent feature "Inhale" about organ trafficking, in which Diane stars with Sam Shepherd, Dermot Mulroney and Patricia Arquette.
January Jones (Liz Harris) is a versatile actress who has gained theattention of fans and critics alike. Jones currently stars in AMC's critically acclaimed Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award®- winning series, Mad Men. Set in the 1960s, January portrays Betty Draper the wife of high-powered philandering advertising executive, Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm. Her performance has earned her a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama" in 2009 and 2010, while the cast of the series won the Screen Actors Guild Ensemble Award® in both 2009 and 2010.
Recent roles include Pirate Radio, written and directed by Richard Curtis. The film is aperiod comedy about an illegal radio station in the North Sea in the 1960's. Jones stars opposite Academy Award winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Academy Award® nominated Kenneth Branagh. In 2006, January starred in the critically acclaimed festival hit Swedish Auto. January portrays a woman torn between caring for her mother and leaving an abusive home. Also in 2006, she portrayed the real life character Carol Dawson in Warner Brother's We Are Marshall. The McG directed film stars Matthew Fox and Matthew McConaughey as the coaches of the Marshall College football team who died in a plane crash.
January gained critical acclaim for her performance in Sony Classic's Three Burials of Meliquiades Estrada for director and actor Tommy Lee Jones. She portrays a young woman married to a border cop who accidentally murders an illegal immigrant. The film debuted to rave reviews at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005. She previously starred in Universal's American Wedding, Sony's Anger Managementalong side Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson, Universal's Love Actually with Colin Firth and Keira Knightly, MGM's Bandits with Billy Bob Thorton, Bruce Willis and Cate Blanchett for Director/Producer Barry Levinson and Miramax's Full Frontal directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Aidan Quinn (Richard Baker) started his acting career on stage in hishometown of Chicago and went on to play the title role in a modern day Hamlet, directed by Robert Falls. In New York, he starred on Broadway in Sam Shepherd's Fool for Love and Lie of the Mind. More recently Quinn was seen Off Broadway in The Exonerated, which he also performed at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival in Dublin and on London's West End and in Salome, directed by Estelle Parsons, with Al Pacino. He also starred at the Public Theater as Brutus alongside David Straithairn and Brian Dennehy in Richard Nelson's Conversations in Tusculum. Quinn's television credits include the groundbreaking AIDS drama An Early Frost, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award; See You in my Dreams, opposite Marcia Gay Harden, based on the short stories of Sam Shepherd; and Forbidden Territory: Stanley's Search for Livingston, in the title role, opposite Nigel Hawthorne. He also starred in HBO's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, for which he was also nominated for an Emmy.
In Ireland, Quinn produced and starred in the film This is My Father, written and directed by his brother Paul and filmed by his brother Declan, an award-winning cinematographer. He also starred with Pierce Brosnan in Bruce Beresford's Evelyn and Song for a Raggy Boy, which premiered at Sundance and Tribeca film festivals in 2003 and for which he was nominated for the Irish Film Award for Best Actor. He also appeared in his sister Marion Quinn's film 32A and Vic Sarin's Shine of Rainbows. He was most recently seen in Conor McPherson's The Eclipse, for which he won this year's Irish Film Award.
Quinn has starred in more than 45 feature films, among them Desperately Seeking Susan, Stakeout, The Playboys, Avalon, Benny and Joon, Legends of the Fall, Michael Collins, Looking for Richard, The Assignment, Music of the Heart and Songcatcher. He was nominated for the 2005 Independent Spirit Award for Cavedweller and co-starred with Meryl Streep in the independent feature Dark Matter, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. He recently starred in Rob Reiner's Flipped and alongside Josh Brolin and John Malkovich in Jonah Hex. He will next be seen in several upcoming independent features, including The 5th Quarter, Rushlights, Festival of Lights and The Greening of Whitney Brown. His additional upcoming features include If I Were You, opposite Marcia Gay Harden; and The Exodus of Charlie Wright, opposite Andy Garcia.
Frank Langella (Roger) is an imposing and unforgettable presence on Broadway and has long been considered among America's greatest stage and film actors. His career is a model of quality and longevity; excelling in range, power and versatility. In recent years, Mr. Langella's career as an actor in films has become equal in stature to his career on Broadway. Langella was born in Bayonne, New Jersey on New Year's Day, 1938. He caught the acting bug when he was 11, playing an elderly man in a school play about the life of Abraham Lincoln and went on to earn a degree in Theater from Syracuse University. He immediately began working with regional theater companies on the East Coast and in the Midwest, finally making his New York stage debut in 1963 in the leading role in an off-Broadway revival of The Immoralist. Between 1964 and 1966, Langella won three Obie awards for his work off-Broadway and in 1969 he received the Drama Desk award for his work in A Cry of Players by William Gibson. In 1974, he made his Broadway debut in Edward Albee's Seascape, for which he won another Drama Desk award as well as the first of his three Tonys.
Langella made his film debut in 1970 in Diary of a Mad Housewife and laterthat year co-starred in the iconic Mel Brooks comedy The Twelve Chairs. Appearing regularly in film and on television through much of the 1970s, he was still busiest as a stage actor. In 1977, he starred in the title role of a Broadway revival of Dracula and his performance as the bloodthirsty count earned rave reviews and turned the production into an unexpected hit, earning him his second Tony nomination. He reprised his performance for the film version of Dracula released in 1979.
He maintained a busy schedule of stage work and in the 1990s scored abreakthrough screen role in Ivan Reitman's comedy Dave as the deceitful political puppetmaster Bob Alexander. A busy schedule of character roles in such films as Adrian Lyne's Lolita and Roman Polanski's The Ninth Gate followed and Langella still remained a frequent and distinguished presence in the New York theatrical community. He has continued to work constantly on Broadway, winning a second Tony for Fortune's Fool in 2003 and a third for Frost/Nixon in 2007, as well stellar reviews for his bravura performance in the 2008 revival of A Man for All Seasons. In film, he scored an artistic and critical success in 2005 playing William S. Paley in George Clooney's historical docudrama Good Night and Good Luck and then costarred as Daily Planet editor Perry White in the 2006 summer blockbuster Superman Returns, directed by Bryan Singer.
In 2007, Langella earned rave reviews, as well as an Independent Sprit Award nomination, for his starring role in Starting Out in the Evening. In the 2008 film version of Frost/Nixon, he was honored with a Best Actor Academy Award® nomination, as well as Golden Globe and SAG Award® nominations, for his portrayal of disgraced former president Richard Nixon in Ron Howard's big-screen adaptation of the Broadway play. Mr. Langella was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2003. In addition tothe awards already mentioned, he has been honored with well over two dozen acting nominations and wins, including Tonys, Oscars®, Emmys, Golden Globes, Cable ACE Awards, Obies and various critics' awards.