JOEL EDGERTON (Braxton Carter) was born in Blacktown, New South Wales,
Australia. He has appeared in such films as Erskineville Kings, King Arthur, Ned
Kelly and Star Wars: Episode II—Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Episode
III—Revenge of the Sith, portraying a young Owen Lars, Anakin Skywalker's
stepbrother and Luke Skywalker's uncle.
Edgerton can currently be seen in Lionsgate's mixed-martial-arts drama Warrior,
opposite Nick Nolte and Tom Hardy. Edgerton plays Hardy's estranged older
brother and Nolte's older son, who is the film's main antagonist. Warrior was
released on September 9, 2011.
Edgerton recently starred in Animal Kingdom, a powerful crime drama that
explores the intense battle between a criminal family and the police, and the
ordinary lives caught in the middle. The film received the World Cinema Jury
Prize for drama at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and Australian Film Institute
(AFI) Awards for Best Film and Readers' Choice. For his work on the film,
Edgerton was honored with an AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor.
In 2009, Edgerton starred as Stanley alongside Cate Blanchett in the Sydney
Theatre Company's acclaimed production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Edgerton and
Blanchett also performed the play to sold-out audiences at The John F. Kennedy
Center for the Performing Arts in November 2009, then at the Brooklyn Academy of
Music in December 2009.
Edgerton recently wrapped production on Disney's The Odd Life of Timothy Green,
in which he stars opposite Jennifer Garner. The fable fantasy centers on a
childless couple that is unable to conceive. The couple buries all their wishes
for a baby in a box in their backyard. One day, they wake up to find that a
child is born, but the child is not all that he appears. The film is slated for
release on August 15, 2012.
In August 2011, Edgerton began production on the Baz Luhrmann-directed remake of
The Great Gatsby, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous novel, for Warner Bros.
Edgerton portrays the character Tom Buchanan and stars alongside Leonardo
DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. The film is slated for release in 2012.
Edgerton attended the Nepean Drama School in western Sydney before moving onto
various stage productions, most notably at the Sydney Theatre Company, where he
performed in Blackrock, Third World Blues and Love for Love, and at Bell
Shakespeare, where he performed in Henry IV. On television, Edgerton is known
for playing the role of Will in the series The Secret Life of Us, for which he
was nominated for an AFI Award.
In 2008, Edgerton was seen in the film The Square, directed by his brother Nash
Edgerton. That same year, Edgerton starred in Acolytes, an Australian film about
teenagers who take revenge on a serial killer. In 2007, Edgerton was seen in the
film Whisper, with Josh Holloway. He also had a significant role in the 2006
American film Smokin' Aces.
In 2005, Edgerton appeared in a lead role, alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, in the
British comedy Kinky Boots, as a deceased shoemaker's son who must find a niche
market in the 21st century. That same year, Edgerton lent his voice to the title
character in The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, an
Academy AwardÂ®-nominated animated short film.
Edgerton currently splits his time between Australia and Los Angeles.
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