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[edit] Deobia Oparei

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Deobia Oparei plays the character known as Destroyer. Not much is known about this character, except his close friendship with Duke (played by Razzaq Adoti).


[edit] Dwayne Johnson

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Dwayne Johnson (Sarge) has solidified his position among Hollywood's hottest leading men. His co-starring role in Universal's The Mummy Returns first brought him to the attention of the entertainment industry, and his starring role in The Scorpion King broke box office records with the biggest April opening of all time.

Johnson is currently shooting his starring role in the science fiction thriller Southland Tales for famed writer/director Richard Kelly (Donnie Darko). This film is made up of an eclectic and all-star cast, also co-starring Sarah Michelle Gellar and Seann William Scott.

Johnson recently wrapped production on Gridiron Gang, in which he plays a correctional facility counselor who forms a football team of young criminals. The film is based on a true story and is being directed by Phil Joanou. Gridiron Gang is set for release on September 15th, 2006 and has already been deemed Sony's big hit for next fall.

Johnson was last seen co-starring with an all-star cast in MGM's Be Cool, the sequel to Get Shorty directed by F. Gary Gray. Johnson co-starred with John Travolta, Uma Thurman, and Vince Vaughn in a role that allows him to further expand his repertoire by playing a gay bodyguard who is also an aspiring singer. Johnson received rave reviews and critical acclaim for his performance.

Johnson was recently seen in MGM's remake of Walking Tall, which co-stars Johnny Knoxville and Neal McDonough. He played the role of sheriff Chris Vaughn who comes back to his hometown after serving in the Army, only to find it corrupted. This version, inspired by the original Buford Pusser story, is about one man's fight to stand up to injustice and save both his family and the town that he loves so dearly. Walking Tall not only enjoyed great box office success, but also has climbed the charts as one of the top selling DVDs ever.

Before that, Johnson was seen starring in Universal's The Rundown. Peter Berg helmed this action/comedy starring Johnson, Seann William Scott, Rosario Dawson and Christopher Walken. The Rundown further exemplifies Johnson's action-hero status with the die-hard action sequences and his undeniable screen presence. The Rundown opened number one at the box office on opening weekend, and was critically acclaimed by the Los Angeles Times, New York Times and Ebert & Roeper.

Born in San Francisco and raised in Hawaii, Johnson would become a third-generation professional wrestler, following the WWF careers of his father, Rocky Johnson, and his grandfather, Samoan High Chief Peter Maivia. Johnson shined as a high school All-American and as a star defensive lineman for the University of Miami Hurricanes. He had a brief career in the Canadian Football league and after a shoulder injury, turned to the world of wrestling. "The People's Champion" has gone on to set a record as the six-time World Wrestling Federation Champion. Not content to remain in front of the camera, his autobiography, "The Rock Says," was released in January 2000 and shot to number one on The New York Times Bestseller List.

After his March 2000 appearance on Saturday Night Live (surprising many with his strength in the comedic ring and garnering the show's highest ratings that year), Johnson was cast by director Stephen Sommers in The Mummy Returns, which to date has grossed more than $400 million worldwide. Once again Johnson parlayed his natural charisma into box office gold, not only safeguarding the Mummy franchise, but also pushing it to a new level. His character was so well received by Universal executives during dailies that they quickly planned a film based on his character, The Scorpion King.

Johnson resides in Florida with his wife Dany and daughter Simone Alexandra.


[edit] Karl Urban

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Karl Urban (John Grimm, a.k.a. Reaper) is best known for his dynamic role as Rohan warrior Eomer in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Director/Writer/Producer Peter Jackson cast Urban in The Lord of the Rings after viewing a rough cut of the critically acclaimed independent film The Price of Milk, which garnered Urban a Best Actor nomination at the New Zealand Film Awards.

Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Urban first appeared on television as a child. Throughout his school years, he wrote, directed and starred in many film and stage productions. As a young adult, he postponed his university studies to further pursue his acting career, training and working throughout "Australasia" in theater and film.

The actor was most recently seen starring as Lord Vaako opposite Vin Diesel in the science fiction action-adventure The Chronicles of Riddick and as Kirill opposite Matt Damon in the espionage thriller The Bourne Supremacy.

Urban's feature film debut was in Heaven, starring Martin Donovan and Richard Schiff. His other film credits include Via Satellite and Ghost Ship, in which he starred opposite Gabriel Byrne and Julianna Margulies.


[edit] Razzaq Adoti

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Razzaq Adoti (Duke) can also be seen later this year as Richie Rich in Haven, his second movie with Orlando Bloom. The movie also stars Bill Paxton and was written and directed by Frank E. Flowers.

Born in England to Nigerian parents, Razaaq Adoti (a.k.a. Raz) is the second eldest of five children. After graduating high school, Raz's first intention was to work behind the scenes as a cameraman, but he fell in love with the stage instead. At the age of 17, after his first year in college, Adoti landed his first job in theater. That segued into his first appearance on television in the U.K.

Before graduating, Adoti was cast as Nathan Detroit in the National Youth and Music Theatre Company's (NYMT) production of Guys and Dolls. The tour took Adoti to Japan, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and numerous other places across Europe. Additionally in 1991, he secured a part in NYMT's production of the opera Aesop, which won a Fringe First Award.

In 1992 he was accepted to train at the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama (former students of the academy include Sir Laurence Olivier, Dame Judi Dench and Vanessa Redgrave). At CSSD, Adoti earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in acting. Upon graduation, he was signed by one of London's most reputable talent agencies and his professional career was truly under way.

Within a year of leaving drama school Adoti's dream of performing on stage came true. In 1997, he was cast in a major supporting role in Steven Spielberg's new epic, Amistad. He was humbled to be a part of the distinguished cast assembled to chronicle a very important chapter in American history. The ensemble included: Sir Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman and Matthew McConaughey.

After completing Amistad, he returned to London with newfound determination. He worked on various television and film projects. In 2001, Hollywood came calling again and this time, Adoti was given the chance to work with another Oscar´┐Ż-winning director, Ridley Scott. Adoti played the main antagonist in Scott's Black Hawk Down, Yousuf Dahir Mo'alim. Since then he has gone on to co-star in director Paul Anderson's Resident Evil: Apocalypse, opposite Milla Jovovich.

Adoti's past television credits include Sky One's award-winning television drama Dream Team, BBC's BAFTA award-winning miniseries Holding On, ITV's award-winning television drama, Soldier Soldier and Channel 4's controversial miniseries Men Only.

Adoti currently resides in Los Angeles.


[edit] Rosamund Pike

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Rosamund Pike (Dr. Samantha "Sam" Grimm) grew up in London, the only daughter of two professional opera singers. Her key formative years were spent on the European continent, including a liberating few months in Italy as her father worked with modernist composer Hans Werne Henze.

At 16, Pike was accepted at the celebrated National Youth Theatre where she spent the following three summers, culminating in her playing her first lead role in Romeo and Juliet when she was 18. It was that performance which brought her to the attention of agent Dallas Smith who spent the next few years closely guiding her career. The play ran over the summer holidays prior to her taking a place at Oxford, where she was to study English Literature at Wadham College.

 

At Oxford, Pike continued to act and toured with the university production of The Taming of the Shrew. The tour, during summer recess, took her on a six-week trip to Japan where she performed in theatres in Osaka, Kyoto and the Tokyo Globe. Prior to leaving, she spent two days shooting her first film role in A Rather English Marriage, starring Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney.

Pike also spent evenings at the local repertory theater, the famous Oxford Playhouse. She played the part of the restoration actress Elisabeth Barry in Stephen Jeffrey's play The Libertine, and as Ann in Arthur Miller's All My Sons.

Before she left for Oxford, Pike was cast as Lady Harriet in the BBC's lavish production of Wives and Daughters, opposite Michael Gambon, Francesca Annis and Bill Patterson.

During the following summer she spent ten weeks filming Love in a Cold Climate, an adaptation of the Nancy Mitford books. The cast list included Alan Bates, Sheila Gish, Celia Imrie, John Standing and Anthony Andrews. Returning to Oxford for the final three terms she took the role of Kyra in David Hare's Skylight, directed by young film director and fellow Oxford student James Rogan.

Pike's next role was as Miranda Frost, MI6 agent, champion fencer and a true match for James Bond in Die Another Day. After Bond, Rosamund returned to theater, as The Blonde in award-winning director Terry Johnson's highly acclaimed "Hitchcock Blonde" at the Royal Court Theatre in London.

In early 2004, Pike started work on Laurence Dunmore's The Libertine, alongside Johnny Depp. She played Elizabeth Malet, wife to Depp's Earl of Rochester, with John Malkovich as King Charles II and Samantha Morton as Elizabeth Barry.

Pike stayed in the U.K. for her next project, an adaptation of the classic Jane Austen novel, Pride & Prejudice. Directed by Joe Wright, the film features an all-star cast including Keira Knightley, Brenda Blethyn, Donald Sutherland and Dame Judi Dench. Currently, Pike is filming James Oakley's Devil You Know, slated for release in 2006.

Last edited by Origin on 10 January 2009 at 03:14
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