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With his captivating screen presence and versatile and powerful performances, EMILE HIRSCH has earned a reputation as the foremost leading man of his generation. 

Hirsch will next be seen in the highly anticipated Sean Penn-directed "Into the Wild," based on the best-selling book by Jon Krakauer. Adapted for the screen by Penn, "Into the Wild" stars Hirsch as Christopher McCandless, the idealistic college graduate who abandoned his possessions and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Paramount Vantage will release the film initially in New York and Los Angeles on September 21, 2007.

He is currently in production on "Speed Racer" for directors Andy Wachowski and Larry Wachowski, in which he stars as the title character ‘Speed.' "Speed Racer" is based on the classic 1960's Japanese animated series chronicling the aspirations of a young race car driver. The Warner Bros. film also stars Susan Sarandon, Christina Ricci, John Goodman and Matthew Fox and will open on May 9, 2008. 

Hirsch was last seen in Nick Cassavetes' "Alpha Dog" opposite an all-star cast including Justin Timberlake, Sharon Stone and Bruce Willis. The film documented the life of ‘Jesse James Hollywood' (Hirsch), a drug dealer who became the youngest man ever to be on the FBI's Most Wanted List. The film premiered to rave reviews at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

Additional credits include Catherine Hardwicke's "The Lords of Dogtown" opposite Heath Ledger, "Imaginary Heroes" directed by Dan Harris and opposite Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels, and "The Girl Next Door" with co-star Elisha Cuthbert, "The Mudge Boy," "The Emperor's Club," and "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys." 

Born in Los Angeles and raised there and in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Hirsch currently lives in Venice, California.

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