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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.

Hartnett just 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.

Josh recently 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 next March.

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.

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