JAI COURTNEY (Eric) has quickly become one of Hollywood's
highly sought after
actors. After a sizzling start to 2013 starring opposite Tom Cruise in Jack
Reacher and Bruce
Willis in A Good Day to Die Hard, Courtney shows no signs of slowing down.
In early 2014 Courtney will co-star in the films directed by Angelina Jolie
Crowe. First he will shoot Unbroken, the film Angelina Jolie is directing for
Universal based on
the unbreakable spirit of Louis Zamperini, the former Olympic track prodigy who
unimaginable hardship as a WWII POW at the hands of Japanese prison guards.
play Cup, a WWII veteran pilot who gets caught in tenacious midair gunfight
Then he will move to The Water Diviner, Russell Crowe's feature directorial
an Australian man who travels to Turkey to attempt to locate the bodies of his
three sons, who
were killed there during WWI. Courtney portrays Lt. Col. Cyril Hughes who is
organizing the effort to identify the tens of thousands of soldiers killed at
Prior to filming DIVERGENT, Courtney shot Felony on location in Australia.
with Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson, Courtney plays a young police detective
Edgerton's character is lying about a crime he's committed and gradually builds
a criminal case
against him. The World Premiere of the film will took place September 10, 2013
at the Toronto
Courtney was born and raised in the northwest region of Sydney where he
early interest in acting. He participated in a state sponsored drama program for
which led him to audition for the National Institute of Dramatic Art after high
school. In 2004 he
joined the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) a
in Perth from where he graduated in 2008.
Following graduation, Courtney quickly landed guest star roles on two hit
shows, "Packed to the Rafters" and "All Saints," and later that year he won a
Award for Best Newcomer for his performance in "The Turning" at the Perth
In 2009 Courtney landed the sought after role of Varro in the international
television series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand." The character of Varro became the
confidante to Spartacus until his death in the tenth episode. Fans of the show
created an uproar
over Varro's death and to this day continue to lament about it on the many
Spartacus fan sites
Next Courtney was cast in the Paramount film Jack Reacher alongside Tom
Werner Herzog. The film, which is a thriller directed by Chris McQuarrie, is the
story of the
investigation of the murder of five people whose deaths seem random, but upon
investigation are not as they appear.
After Jack Reacher, Courtney went directly to the Lionsgate film I,
Aaron Eckart. The film is a modern twist on the classic horror tale, in which he
plays the leader of
one of two immortal clans raging in endless war, with Frankenstein's soulless
between them. The film, which is directed by Stuart Beattie, is scheduled to be
After I, Frankenstein, Courtney shot A Good Day to Die Hard on location in
fourth installment of the Die Hard franchise opened in February 2013. The film
made over $300
In addition to these roles, Courtney has been working tirelessly to raise
the funds needed to produce the feature-length documentary Be Here Now about his
late Andy Whitfield, who passed away 18 months after being diagnosed with
lymphoma. It was Andy's desire to have this documentary produced in order to
help and inspire
others dealing with cancer or any of life's challenges. The documentary is
helmed by Academy
Award nominated documentarian Lilibet Foster.
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