Joel Edgerton

Australian actor Joel Edgerton

Joel Edgerton is an Australian film and television actor. He is best known for his roles in 2000s and 2010s films like Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005), Animal Kingdom (2010), The Thing (2011), Warrior (2011), The Odd Life of Timothy Green (2012) and Zero Dark Thirty (2012).
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23 June 1974
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Will Smith, Joel Edgerton expected to return for 'Bright' sequel
ABC News - about 2 months
The fantasy film is the streaming service's No. 1 film.
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Anatomy of a Scene: Trey Edward Shults Narrates a Scene From ‘It Comes at Night’
NYTimes - 9 months
The director discusses a sequence featuring Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbot, Riley Keough.
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Film Clip: 'It Comes at Night'
Wall Street Journal - 9 months
Watch a clip from "It Comes at Night," starring Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, and Carmen Ejogo. Photo: A24 Films
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'I Am Heath Ledger' Focuses On The Actor's Life, Not His Death
Huffington Post - 10 months
Heath was the most alive human and if it wasn’t on the edge, it didn’t interest him. If there wasn’t some type of risk involved, he had no time for it. He went all the way out with the time that he had. He went all the way to the edge. That quote by musician Ben Harper opens “I Am Heath Ledger,” the new documentary premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival April 23 and airing on Spike TV next month.  Harper joins Heath Ledger’s closest friends and family members in the heartwarming project, directed by Adrian Buitenhuis and Derik Murray. The film compiles interviews with the likes of Ledger’s parents and colleagues, including Naomi Watts, Ang Lee, Matt Amato and Djimon Hounsou, among the actor’s own photos and footage, which he shot throughout his 28 years. In a way, Ledger himself is a director of his own documentary.  “There were always cameras around,” Ledger’s former girlfriend and model Christina Cauchi says in the film. “I mean, he was documenting everything ...
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Watch The Ominous Trailer For 'It Comes At Night,' Our Most-Anticipated Horror Movie Of 2017
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Warning: This trailer may induce chills. Previewing what could be one of the indie horror events of the year, A24 released the first trailer for “It Comes at Night” on Tuesday. Reminiscent of “The Witch,” the eerie clip oozes paranoia. The latest from “Krisha” director Trey Edward Shults, “It Comes at Night” stars Joel Edgerton as a father determined to protect his wife and son from some sinister presence lurking outside their home. A desperate family shows up soliciting refuge, sparking mistrust between the clans.  “It Comes at Night” also stars Riley Keough, Carmen Ejogo, Christopher Abbott and Kelvin Harrison Jr. It opens Aug. 25. function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commerc...
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "The Forgotscars:" Celebrating the Oscar Omitted
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I do this every year. I don't know if anyone reads it. Frankly, it's hard to know who reads my stuff lately. It gets lost in the abyss of a Trump presidency. Anyway, with the nominations just announced for the 89th Academy Awards, naturally I'm left bummed out with the omissions. That said, this year the Academy - for the most part - got it right. Sure, they flubbed. I mean no Amy Adams? Are you nuts? The Best Actress race should've been between the Arrival star and 20th Century Women's Annette Bening yet neither were nominated. This is Ridley Scott and Ben Affleck bad. Other omissions? An as expected low showing for Nocturnal Animals, and a complete shaft to Tom Hanks. Oh, and yes Mel Gibson there's a place for you in Trump's America. Anyway, back to the start and me writing this column each year. Here's my annual "forgotscars" - a list of nominees of those not nominated. There are no awards but feel free to weigh in on the comments section. Best Picture Deadpool L...
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Joel Edgerton's quest for 'nutritional' storytelling
CNN - about 1 year
Joel Edgerton is an Aussie actor whose first time on the Oscar shortlist has been a longtime coming. Before "Loving," many may not have known him by name, but just call him a "Creator."
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Another Guy Making Oscar Predictions
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A week from today the nominations for the 89th Academy Awards will be announced, and I'd expect a few jaw-dropping omissions (Ryan Gosling?) and additions (Michael Keaton?) like every year. That said, I think we'll see less surprises this year than in years past (ie. La La will sing and dance to the tune of a lot of nods. I'll also say #oscarssowhite isn't going to happen this year. There's just too many amazing performances and films to pass over this year plus Cheryl Boone Isaacs totally revamped the Academy's voting process. Anyway, here I am writing down my Oscar predictions like everybody else in the world. Read on, and predict your own. Guess right on all, and win a pony! Best Picture I'm going to say the Academy uses eight slots this year, but will add the last two here in case they go all the way or to nine. Arrival Hell or High Water Hidden Figures La La Land Lion Loving Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Hacksaw Ridge Fences Potential Surprises Si...
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The Best Films 2016
Huffington Post - about 1 year
As we go forward, movies guide us. They give us directions. They motivate us. They provide rest stops, comic relief and flashbacks to the past. And they reassure us that we will thrive. It's a perfect time to reflect on the most inspiring films, performances and artistic achievements of this last year. Check out the best in film in 2016. (Photos courtesy of Fox Searchlight, Disney Studios, 20th Century Fox, A24, Amazon Studios, Roadside Attractions) Best Films Arrival -- (***1/2) Director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario, Prisoners), creates a compelling sci-fi movie, based on Eric Heisserer's thoughtful, feminist screenplay. Aliens arrive in massive floating pods in 12 locations around the world. A linguist (Amy Adams) tries to communicate with them and save humanity. Jeremy Renner and Forrest Whitaker co-star in a film filled with suspense, dread and brain-numbing science. The Birth of a Nation -- (****) An uncompromising retelling of the country's most heralded s...
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Loving Is A Quiet Dignified Film
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Courtesy Focus Features Loving is the new film from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud, Midnight Special) Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, (portrayed in the film by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who fell in love and were married in 1958. The couple grew up in Central Point, a small town in Virginia which was more integrated then surrounding areas in the American South. The film opens with the couple in love and preparing to have a baby. But things quickly turn south when Mildred and Richard are both arrested after authorities discover their marriage. At the time, multi racial families could wed in the north, but the south still enforced laws infringing on their rights. Oddly, the film sheds light on the fact that, had this couple not decided to honor their union though God, country and community, local authorities may well have let them slide. The implication is clear,...
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"Loving": The Love that Breaks the Chains
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Long before marriage between people of the same gender became a popular issue, marriage even between different races was prohibited in large sections of the United States. States throughout the South and the upper Mid-west forbade marriage, cohabitation, sexual relations and even officiating at weddings between whites and non-whites. The laws identified such behavior as a threat to society and the polity. Jeff Nichols new film "Loving" is the story of the successful challenge to these laws, a story of courage and deep feelings well told. Nichols, who strokes character development with the sure hand of revelatory brilliance, has already notably probed the capacity of human nature in "Mud" and "Take Shelter." "Loving" is the strong, restrained, eloquent story of two very ordinary, but resolute people who had the courage and support to fight the racist marriage laws of their time. Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton - "Black Mass," "The Gift") is a working class white southerner, a...
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'Loving' Star Ruth Negga On Why Interracial Couples Aren't A Statement
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In the movie “Loving,” Ruth Negga gives what is easily one of the best onscreen performances of the year. Period. She isn’t flashy or overemotional, but rather ignites the screen with a quiet gravitas. She plays the soft-spoken Mildred Loving, a black and Native American woman who took on the state of Virginia in 1967 for the right to stay married to her husband Richard Loving, who was white. The couple had been sentenced to a year in prison for violating Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act of 1924. At the time of the case, a total of 16 states had similar laws, known as “anti-miscegenation” laws.   Because of the Lovings and their landmark case, Loving vs. Virginia, the laws banning interracial marriage across the South were struck down, deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. And yet, despite a 1996 TV movie and a stellar 2011 documentary by Nancy Buirski, the Lovings and their story are still widely unknown.   That’s all about to change with “Loving,” written and dir...
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'Loving' Provides A Graceful, Intimate Portrait Of A Marriage That Changed History
NPR - over 1 year
Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga play Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia couple whose interracial marriage propels them to the forefront of the civil rights movement — and to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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Huffington Post - over 1 year
For a long time it was a forbidden love. Through slavery, the reconstruction era, on into the 20th century, particularly in the South, interracial romantic relations were looked down on and marriages were illegal. Anti-miscegenation laws were on the books in 16 states below the Mason-Dixon line. Marry someone not of your race and face jail time. Though several legal cases challenged those laws, none turned the tide until Loving v. Virginia in 1967. (Photo courtesy of Focus Features) Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton co-star in the romantic historical drama Loving. The small town of Central Point, Virginia, 52 miles northeast of Richmond, was a bit of a utopia in the 1950s. Unlike other parts of the South, black and white folks worked and lived together. Interracial friendships were normal. Loving relationships less so, but not unheard of. Mildred Jeter (Ruth Negga, World War Z), an African-American with some Rappahannock Native American blood, and Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton...
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[$$] ‘Loving’: A Modest Couple Changes History at the Supreme Court
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton play the Lovings, a mixed-race Virginia couple jailed for marrying in 1958 who reluctantly fight back and change history.
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Film Clip: 'Loving'
Wall Street Journal - over 1 year
Watch a film clip from "Loving," starring Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, and Will Dalton. Photo: Focus Features
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Joel Edgerton
  • 2016
    Age 41
    In 2016, he starred in the Jeff Nichols film Midnight Special, and will headline Nichols' upcoming film Loving.
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  • 2015
    Age 40
    He co-starred in the 2015 film Black Mass as John Connolly, FBI contact and childhood friend of notorious gangster Whitey Bulger.
    Edgerton directed, starred in, wrote, and produced the thriller The Gift, which was released on August 7, 2015.
    In 2015, Edgerton's directorial debut, The Gift, a psychological thriller that Edgerton also wrote, co-produced, and co-starred in, was released.
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  • 2014
    Age 39
    In 2014, Edgerton starred in the biblical film Exodus: Gods and Kings, as Ramesses II, Moses' adoptive brother, who became a notorious king.
  • 2011
    Age 36
    He was honoured for his work in international roles with the 2011 Australians in Film Breakthrough Award.
  • 2010
    Age 35
    In February 2010, Edgerton was cast in Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.'s 2011 prequel to The Thing, portraying helicopter pilot Sam Carter.
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  • 2009
    Age 34
    He appeared in a production of the same play at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in December 2009.
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    In 2009, he starred alongside as Stanley in the Sydney Theatre Company's acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
  • 2005
    Age 30
    In 2005, he lent his voice to the title character of The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, an Academy Award-nominated animated short film.
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  • 2002
    Age 27
    He played Will on The Secret Life of Us, for which he won an AACTA Award in 2002.
  • 1991
    Age 16
    Edgerton was born in Blacktown, New South Wales, the son of Michael, a solicitor and property developer, and Marianne Edgerton. He graduated from The Hills Grammar School in 1991.
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  • 1974
    Born on June 23, 1974.
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