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Bio For: Tessa Thompson
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TESSA THOMPSON ("Bianca") is an acclaimed actress best known for her starring roles Dear White People, Creed and Thor: Ragnarok.

This past summer, Thompson starred in director Boots Riley's Sorry to Bother You. The film was acquired by Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures out of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and tells the story of a black telemarketer who becomes successful when he discovers a way to make his voice sound like it is overdubbed by a white actor in a macabre, magical-realist Oakland. Armie Hammer, Lakeith Stanfield and Steven Yuen also star. The film was successfully released in July 2018.

Next, Thompson will be seen in MGM's Creed Ii. The sequel, directed by Steve Caple Jr., brings Apollo Creed's son Adonis toward the inevitable clash with the sun of Russian brawler Ivan Drago, who killed Creed in the in the ring in Rocky Iv. Ryan Coogler, who directed the first Creed is an executive producer along with Michael B. Jordan who reprise the role of "Adonis." The film will release nationwide on November 21, 2018 by MGM.

In February 2018, Thompson starred opposite Natalie Portman in the sci-fi thriller, Annihilation for director Alex Garland and producer Scott Rudin. Oscar Isaac, Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Sonoya Mizuno also star. The film was released on February 23, 2018 and tells the story of a team of scientists who sign up for a dangerous expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.

Prior to Annihilation, Thompson starred as fan favorite "Valkyrie" in the third installment of the Thor franchise opposite Chris Hemsworth. Thor: Ragnarok was directed by Taika Waititi and also stars Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, and Mark Ruffalo. The film was released in November 2017.

Recently, Thompson has wrapped production on Sony's Men in Black reboot. Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing, while Steven Spielberg is returning as executive producer. The film, directed by F. Gary Gray, will feature new characters rather than Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith's characters, Agents K and J, and will build on the contemporary sci-fi world in which they operated. Chris Hemsworth, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson, Kumail Nanjiani and Rebecca Ferguson are confirmed to star as well.

Thompson is also set to star alongside Ruth Negga on Rebecca Hall's directorial debut Passing. Hall wrote the script, based on Nella Larsen's Harlem Renaissance novel of the same name. Negga and Thompson will star as Clare Kendry and Irene Redfield, respectively, high-school friends who reunite later in life. Clare lives in Europe and "passes" for white, keeping her black identity a secret from everyone, including her family. As she and Irene become close, the novel explores the binaries of race, sexuality, and class.

Thompson was recently seen in indie title Little Woods with Lily James. The film is a modern Western that tells the story of two sisters, Ollie (Thompson) and Deb (James), who are driven to work outside the law to better their lives. The film premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on April 21, 2018 and has been picked up by Neon for distribution. In 2015, Thompson appeared in the Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Creed from award-winning filmmaker Ryan Coogler (Black Panther). The film explored a new chapter in the "Rocky" story and stars Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone in his iconic role. Thompson starred as "Bianca," a local singer-songwriter who becomes involved with Adonis (Jordan). The film was released on November 25, 2015, and garnered critical acclaim and award accolades for the cast. The National Board of Review selected Creed as one of the "Top Films" of 2015. Thompson has been confirmed to return for the film's sequel, which has a release date of November 21, 2018.

Thompson also stars in the Emmy nominated, hit HBO Drama Series Westworld which premiered on October 2, 2016. Described as a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin, Westworld, from Jonathan Nolan and J.J. Abrams, is inspired by the 1973 feature from writer-director Michael Crichton. Thompson plays 'Charlotte Hale,' a mysterious and savvy provocateur with a unique perspective on Westworld. She joins Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, and Jeffrey Wright. The series earned 22 Emmy nominations for its first season. The second season premiered on April 22, 2018 and garnered 21 Emmy nominations. In the Spring of 2016, Thompson made her Off-Broadway debut in the Second Stage Theater production Lydia R. Diamond's Smart People, appearing alongside a cast that also included Joshua Jackson, Mahershala Ali and Anne Son for director Kenny Leon. Smart People ran from January 26 through March 6, 2016.

Thompson portrayed the civil rights activist "Diane Nash" in the Brad Pitt/Oprah Winfrey-produced film SELMA. After its initial premiere at the American Film Institute Festival on November 11, 2014, the film had a wider theatrical release on January 9, 2015, and a commemorative re-release on March 20, 2015, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the historical march. It garnered nominations for Best Picture and awards for Best Original Song at both the Golden Globe and Academy Awards, and additional Best Director and Best Actor nominations at the Golden Globes.

Thompson also starred in the critically acclaimed 2014 film Dear White People. The Justin Simien independent satirical drama, which followed the lives of various black students at an American university, hit theaters on October 17, 2014, after its debut at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Thompson's performance as "Samantha White" landed her a Gotham Award for "Breakthrough Actor as well as a nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards.

Thompson started her career at the young age of 18 with her professional debut playing "Juliet" in Romeo And Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans 1836 for which she received a NAACP Image Award nomination. She then went on to her first feature film appearance as "Scarlet" in the 2006 remake of the horror film When a Stranger Calls. Between 2008 and 2009, she also appeared in the films Make It Happen, The Human Contract, Periphery, Red & Blue Marbles, and Mississippi Damned for which she was awarded a Grand Jury prize for Best Actress. Thompson's other film credits include "Nyla/Purple" in Tyler Perry's film For Colored Girls, War on Everyone and Furlough.

Thompson's television credits include "Jackie Cook" on the second season of the hit drama Veronica Mars. "Sara Freeman" on BBC's first original scripted program Copper and guest roles as "Rebecca Taylor" on the fourth season of the CW's sci-fi drama HEROES; "Billie Ducette" in CBS's police series Cold Case; "Camille" on ABC's medical series Grey's Anatomy; and "Nikki Barnes" on the CW's teen drama Hidden Palms. She has also appeared as a guest star in shows such as Life, Private Practice, Detroit 187, Rizzoli & Isles, Off the Map and 666 Park Avenue. Thompson currently splits her time between Los Angeles and New York.

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ANNIHILATION (R) On Video: 5/29/2018 At Theaters: 2/23/2018
CREED II (PG-13) At Theaters: 11/21/2018
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