VINCENT CASSEL (Franck) is a prolific and prominent actor who's known for his
bold choice of roles and fearless inhabitance of his characters.
Upcoming, Cassel will be seen starring in Dominik Moll's THE MONK, an 18th
century-set story based on Matthew Lewis' Gothic novel depicting the rise and tragic downfall of Capucin
Ambrosio, a respected Spanish monk. ATO Pictures is set to release the film March 8, 2013.
Recently, Cassel completed production on the live-action retelling of the classic fairy-
tale, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, from director/writer Christophe Gans. Pathe will release the
film in France on February 14, 2014.
In 2010, Cassel was seen in Darren Aronofsky's BLACK SWAN, which received a Best
Picture Academy Award, Golden Globe, Critic's Choice Award and Independent Spirit Awards
nominations as well as Best Ensemble Cast-Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.
Prior to BLACK SWAN, Cassel starred in Jean-Francois Richet's MESRINE: PUBLIC
ENEMY #1 and MESRINE: KILLER INSTINCT. The two-part films tell the true story of
Jacques Mesrine, who became France's most notorious felon throughout the 1970's. Arch-fiend to some and folk hero to others, Mesrine's illegal career spanned nearly two decades of brazen bank
robberies, prison breaks, and ingenious identity changes. Critically acclaimed worldwide, the film
was a commercial success in France, garnering the country's highest honor in film, ten Cesar
Award nominations and winning the awards for Best Actor and Best Director. For his
performance, Cassel went on to receive Best Actor honors at the Lumiere Awards, the Etoile d'Or
and the Tokyo International Film Festvial.
Currently, Cassel is in development on a romantic comedy, SAMBADRAMA, set in
Brazil, with Cassel writing, producing and starring in the film.
Cassel began his career in France in 1988 starting out with small roles on television and
in film. In 1995, he made his mark in Mathieu Kassovitz's critically acclaimed film LA HAINE,
where he played a troubled youth from the deprived outskirts of Paris. For his performance,
Cassel received his first Cesar Award nominations for Best Actor and Most Promising
Following this breakthrough performance, Cassel appeared in over thirty-five films in
both France and the United States. Notable film credits in France include Gilles Mimouni's
L'APPARTEMENT, Gaspar Noe's IRREVERSIBLE, Jan Kounen's DOBERMANN, and Jacques
Audiard's SUR MES LEVRES, for which he received his third Cesar Award nomination.
Cassel has appeared in various English-language films such as James Ivory's
JEFFERSON IN PARIS, Shekhar Kapur's ELIZABETH, Luc Besson's THE MESSENGER: THE
STORY OF JOAN OF ARC, Mathieu Kassovitz's THE CRIMSON RIVERS, Christophe Gans'
THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF, Paul McGuigan's THE RECKONING, Andrew
Adamson's SHREK, Jan Kounen's RENEGADE, Mikael Hafstrom's DERAILED, David
Cronenberg's EASTERN PROMISES and A DANGEROUS METHOD. Cassel also co-starred
in Stephen Soderbergh's OCEAN'S TWELVE for which he later reprised the role in OCEAN'S
Behind the lens, Cassel also heads a production company, 120 Films. Formed in 1997,
the banner has developed and produced SHABBAT NIGHT FEVER, IRREVERSIBLE,
RENEGADE, SECRET AGENTS, SHEITAN, MESRINE: PUBLIC ENEMY #1 and MESRINE:
Cassel and his family split their time between Paris, London, Rome and Rio de Janeiro.
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