KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD
JUDE LAW (Vortigern) is a two-time Academy Award nominee and a
BAFTA winner, and one of the most sought after talents in the acting world,
winning awards for both his screen and theatre work.
Law returned to the Barbican in April 2017 in a new stage version of
"Obsession," adapted from the 1943 film by neo-realist director Luchino
Visconti. As the lead role of Gino, Law plays a charming wanderer who engages in
a passionate affair with a married woman, while plotting to murder her husband.
The adaptation is directed by acclaimed Olivier Award-winning Dutch director Ivo
Premiering at The Venice Film Festival last year, Law can currently be seen in
the new HBO miniseries "The Young Pope," created and directed by Paolo
Sorrentino, starring alongside Diane Keaton. In the eight part series, Jude
plays Pope Pius XIII, the newly elected Pope struggling with new
responsibilities. The show aired on Sky Atlantic in the UK.
Working with prolific director Michael Grandage for a second time, Law was seen
in "Genius," alongside Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney earlier last
year. The film chronicles Max Perkin's time as the book editor of Scribner,
where he oversaw works by Law's character, the American novelist Thomas Wolfe.
Law's recent projects include Paul Feig's comedy "Spy," with Melissa McCarthy,
Rose Byrne and Jason Statham. He played the lead role in Kevin McDonald's
submarine drama "Black Sea" and featured in the award winning "The Grand
Budapest Hotel," directed by Wes Anderson. Prior to this, he played Karenin in
Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina" and alongside Rooney Mara and Catherine Zeta-Jones
and starred in Steven Soderbergh's final and highly acclaimed film "Side
For his early performance as Bosie in the film "Wilde," opposite Stephen Fry and
Vanessa Redgrave, he won the London Film Critics Circle Award and the Evening
Standard Award. His American film debut was in the futuristic "Gattaca,"
opposite Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke.
It was Law's performance as the charming Dickie Greenleaf in the late Anthony
Minghella's "The Talented Mr. Ripley" that brought him to the attention of a
worldwide audience and garnered him his first Academy Award and Golden Globe
nominations, for Best Supporting Actor. He won a BAFTA Award for the role. He
worked with Minghella on two further films: "Cold Mountain," for which he was
again nominated for Golden Globe and Academy Awards, this time as Best Actor,
and the small-scale and intimate "Breaking and Entering."
Law's other films include Sam Mendes' "Road to Perdition," David Cronenberg's "Existenz,"
Clint Eastwood's "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,", Jean-Jacques
Annaud's World War II epic "Enemy at the Gates," and Mike Nichols' "Closer,"
based on the original play by Patrick Marber, opposite Julia Roberts, Clive Owen
and Natalie Portman. He starred in "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow," with
Gwyneth Paltrow, and played "Alfie" for director Charles Shyer. In addition, Law
played supporting roles as Errol Flynn in Martin Scorsese's Oscar-nominated epic
"The Aviator," and in "I Heart Huckabees, directed by David O
Russell. He starred with Sean Penn in "All the King's Men" and with Cameron Diaz
in "The Holiday." In 2007, he produced and starred in "Sleuth," with Michael
Caine, directed by Kenneth Branagh and scripted by Harold Pinter and in 2008 he
starred with Norah Jones in Wong Kar Wei's first English language film, "My
Blueberry Nights." Also in 2008, he completed work on "Repo Men," a futuristic
thriller in which he starred with Forrest Whittaker for director Miguel
Sapochnik. He stepped into the late Heath Ledger's role in Terry Gilliam's "The
Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus," a role he shared with Johnny Depp and Colin
Law played a telling cameo as a cross-dressing model in Sally Potter's film
"Rage," which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2009 and had huge success
as Dr Watson in Guy Ritchie's two "Sherlock Holmes" films starring Robert Downey
Jr as Sherlock Holmes. He was also featured in Martin Scorsese's "Hugo," and in
2011 appeared in Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion," Fernando Meireilles' "360" and
voiced a role in the animated film "Guardians."
Law's theatre work has also been highly regarded, most recently in Michael
Grandage's "Henry V," for which Law received huge critical acclaim. In 1994, he
created the role of Michael in Jean Cocteau's play "Les Parents Terribles," for
which he was nominated for the Ian Charleson Award for Outstanding Newcomer. The
play was renamed "Indiscretions" when it moved to Broadway and where he received
a Tony nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor.
He has worked with director David Lan at London's Young Vic Theatre, where he
starred in "'Tis Pity She's a Whore," and also starred in Christopher Marlowe's
"Dr. Faustus" in a highly acclaimed performance. In 2005-2006, Law was closely
involved in the fund-raising efforts for the major refurbishment of the Young
Vic Theatre. In 2009, he took on "Hamlet" for the Donmar Theatre's season in the
West End, directed by Michael Grandage. The production and his performance were
critically acclaimed and the play transferred to Broadway in September 2009,
where it broke box office records for a production of Shakespeare. In February
2010, Law won the London Critics' Circle award for the Best Shakespearean
Performance and was nominated for both an Olivier and a Tony Award as Best
Actor. In 2011, Jude returned to the stage at the Donmar Theatre in Eugene
O'Neill's "Anna Christie" and received rave reviews.
In 2007, Law was awarded the prestigious French Chevalier des Arts et des
Lettres medal and in the same year won a CĂ©sar Award for his contribution to
cinema. In 2012, he received the prestigious Variety Award at the British
Independent Film Awards. He is an Ambassador for the charity Peace One Day.
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