THE VIRGIN SUICIDES
Within two months of his first audition,
JOSH HARTNETT had impressed casting
and film executives enough that he has now become one of Hollywood's hottest
young leading men.
Josh has ignited
the big screen this year in two separate projects for Miramax. He was recently
seen starring in "The Faculty, " alongside Elijah Wood, Salma Hayek,
Robert Patrick and Jon Stewart. Josh plays Zeke, the coolest kid in high school,
who finds himself battling his teachers when he discovers that they are all
aliens. This sci-fi thriller written by Kevin Williamson ("Scream"
"Dawson's Creak") and directed by Robert Rodriguez
("Desperado"), mixes elements of horror, sci-fi and comedy genres.
Josh also co-starred with Jamie Lee Curtis in "Halloween :H20," for
which he was honored with an MTV Movie Award nomination for "Best
Breakthrough" performance. Josh played John Strode, the only son of Laurie
(Curtis). The film was a big success for the Halloween franchise, grossing more
than $60 million domestically.
landed a starring role opposite Leelee Sobieski ("Never Been Kissed) and
Chris Klein ("Election") in Fox 200's "Here On Earth." The
film tells the story of three young students involved in a romantic triangle.
Hartnett will portray Jasper, the best friend / boyfriend of Samantha (Sobieski),
who has to make an emotionally difficult sacrifice in order to assure her
happiness as she struggles with a terminal illness. "Here on Earth" is
scheduled to begin shooting in Hartnett's home state of Minnesota in July.
completed a starring role opposite Mekhi Phifer ("I Still Know What You Did
Last Summer") in Dimension Film's "O," written by Brad Kaaya
and directed by Tim Blake Nelson. This modern adaptation of Shakespeare's
classic tragedy, "Othello" has Hartnett portraying Hugo Goulding, a
character based on Shakespeare's chilling nefarious Iago. The story will be
set in modern times at an upscale prep school and is scheduled to be released
Josh will also
appear in the black comedy "The Virgin Suicides" opposite James Woods,
Kathleen Turner and Kirsten Dunst. The film, which was well received at this
year's Cannes Film Festival, was produced by Francis Ford Coppola for American
Zoetrope and is the directorial debut for his daughter, Sofia. It will be
distributed nationally by Paramount Classics early next year.
Josh will also
appear in New Line Cinema's "Town and Country." Due out next
February, he will portray Warren Beatty and Diane Keaton's son in the film
which also co-stars Goldie Hawn, Andie MacDowell and Garry Shandling. The plot
revolves around a man (Beatty), who disillusioned with his marriage, endures a
number of affairs before realizing that he truly loves his wife (Keaton).
Born in San
Francisco and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota, Josh took to acting at an early
age. Stemming from a love of the arts, he quickly made his way into the world of
theatre. He landed several roles in various Minneapolis stage productions
including "Into The Woods" at the Steppingstone Theater, "Tom
Sawyer" at Children's Theater Company and "Freedom Riders" at
the Youth Performance Center. Josh has also been featured in several national
commercials. In 1996, after graduating from South High School, Josh traveled to
the East Coast to attend the acting program at SUNY Purchase, New York.
In February of
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