JOEL EDGERTON (Director/Writer/Producer) was born in
Blacktown, New South Wales. He attended the Nepean Drama School in western
Sydney before transitioning into stage and screen roles. Edgerton launched his
film career in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode
III: Revenge of the Sith, portraying a young "Owen Lars," stepbrother of "Anakin
Skywalker" and uncle to "Luke Skywalker."
Recently, Edgerton started production on Netflix's The King. The film,
directed by David Michod, is a modern-day adaptation of the Shakespearean play.
He will co-write and star in the film, opposite Timothee Chalamet.
In Fall 2018, Edgerton's second directorial feature film titled, Boy Erased,
will be released in theaters by Focus Features. Edgerton also stars in the
bibliographical drama alongside Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Lucas Hedges.
Earlier this year, Edgerton starred in the France Lawrence directed thriller
Red Sparrow, alongside Jennifer Lawrence. The film was released by Twentieth
Century Fox on March 2, 2018. Edgerton also appeared in Gringo, opposite
Charlize Theron and David Oyelowo. The film, directed by his brother Nash
Edgerton, follows an American businessman who travels to Mexico and soon crosses
the line from citizen to criminal. Gringo was released by Amazon on March 9,
In 2017, Edgerton starred in Netflix's action-crime film, Bright, opposite
Will Smith. It was released on December 22, 2017 and subsequently renewed for a
sequel. Within its first month on Netflix, Bright became one of the streaming
service's most viewed original titles.
In the fall of 2016, Edgerton co-starred in the drama, Loving, directed by
Jeff Nichols, alongside Ruth Negga, Michael Shannon, and Nick Kroll. The film
tells the true story of an interracial married couple who were sentenced to
prison in 1958 Virginia. The film was released by Focus Features on November 4,
2016.For his performance as Richard Loving, Edgerton was nominated for a Golden
Globe for Best Lead Actor.
In January 2016, Edgerton starred in the Western Jane Got a Gun opposite
Natalie Portman. Directed by Gavin O'Connor and released by The Weinstein
Company, the film follows a woman who asks her ex-lover to help her save her
outlaw husband from a gang out to kill him. In March 2016, Edgerton also
appeared in the Jeff Nichols' film Midnight Special opposite Michael Shannon and
Kirsten Dunst. A contemporary science fiction chase film, Midnight Special is
the latest in a series of A-list filmmakers that Edgerton has worked with. The
film was distributed by Warner Brothers and eOne.
In September 2015, Edgerton starred in Scott Cooper's action crime-drama
Black Mass alongside Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch and Dakota Johnson. Based
off the 2001 book by Dick Lehr and Gerard O'Neill, the story unveils the true
life events of infamous South Boston criminal Whitey Bulger, the brother of a
state senator who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading
his territory. Edgerton plays Bulger's childhood friend and corrupt FBI agent
"John Connolly." The film had its world premiere at the 72nd Annual Venice Film
Festival and was released by Warner Bros. Black Mass was also featured at
Telluride Film Festival and the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and
earned Edgerton the Santa Barbara International Film Festival "Virtuoso" award,
which celebrates breakthrough performances.
August 2015 marked Edgerton's feature directorial debut with The Gift,
starring Jason Bateman. Edgerton co-starred with Rebecca Hall in the story that
explores the relationship of Bateman and Hall, a husband and wife seeking to
reinvigorate their marriage in a new town, only to have their life disrupted by
a "friend" from the past. Edgerton wrote the script and produced the film, and
was nominated for a Directors Guild of America Award for First-Time Feature Film
Direction. The Gift was distributed by STX Entertainment.
In December 2014, Edgerton starred in Ridley Scott's epic retelling of the
Biblical story Exodus: Gods and Kings. Edgerton paired with Christian Bale as
they played on-screen brothers "Moses" and "Rhamses." The film was produced by
20th Century Fox. Earlier in 2014, Edgerton appeared in the psychological
thriller Felony, which he wrote, produced, and starred in. Edgerton portrays an
officer who runs a young cyclist off the road after an evening of celebratory
drinking and subsequently lies about the accident to his fellow officers. The
Australian film premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2013, Edgerton portrayed the character of "Tom Buchanan" in Baz Luhrmann's
remake of The Great Gastby, starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey
Mulligan. Warner Brothers released the film, based on the famous novel by F.
Scott Fitzgerald, on May 10th. It premiered that same year at the Festival de
In December 2012, Edgerton had a pivotal role alongside Jessica Chastain and
Chris Pratt in Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty. The film chronicles the
search and ultimate death of Osama Bin Laden by U.S. special troops in Pakistan
and was nominated for Best Picture at the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Joel also
appeared in The Odd Life of Timothy Green opposite Jennifer Garner, the
critically acclaimed, mixed-martial-arts drama Warrior opposite Nick Nolte and
Tom Hardy, and the prequel of John Carpenter's The Thing, opposite Mary
In 2010, Edgerton starred in the Australian film Animal Kingdom, a powerful
crime drama that explores the intense battle between a criminal family and the
police, and the ordinary lives caught in the middle. The film received the World
Cinema Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was also awarded the
Australian Film Institute/AFI Awards for "AFI Best Film" and "AFI Member's
Choice." Edgerton was honored with an "AFI Award" for "Best Supporting Actor" on
behalf of the film.
In 2008, Edgerton was seen in the film The Square, directed by his brother
Nash Edgerton. That same year, Edgerton starred in Acolytes, an Australian film
about teenagers who get revenge on a serial killer. In 2007, Edgerton was seen
in the film Whisper with Josh Holloway. He also had a significant role in the
2006 American film Smokin' Aces.
In 2005, Edgerton appeared in the British comedy Kinky Boots, in a lead role
alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, as the son of a deceased shoemaker who must find a
niche market in the 21st century. That same year, Edgerton lent his voice to the
title character of The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, an
Academy Award-nominated animated short film.
Off the screen Edgerton starred alongside Cate Blanchett as "Stanley" in the
Sydney Theatre Company's acclaimed 2009 production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
Edgerton and Blanchett also performed the play to sold-out audiences at the
Kennedy Center in November 2009, followed by a run at the Brooklyn Academy of
Music in December 2009. He has appeared in multiple stage productions, most
notably at The Sydney Theatre Company - Blackrock, Third World Blues and Love
for Love - and Bell Shakespeare - Henry IV. On television, Edgerton is known for
playing the role of "Will" on the series The Secret Life of Us for which he was
nominated for an "AFI Award."
Edgerton currently splits his time between Australia and Los Angeles.
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