Academy Award nominee MICHAEL SHANNON (Rick Carver) is
making his mark working
with many of the industry's most honored talents and treading the boards in the
world's most respected
Following 99 HOMES, he will be seen co-starring in Peter Sollett's FREEHELD.
plays New Jersey policeman 'Dane Wells,' partnered to 'Laurel Hester' (Julianne
Moore) who enters
into a civil rights battle when the city refuses to award pension benefits to
her girlfriend (Ellen Page).
The film is scheduled release by Lionsgate on October 2, 2015.
Additionally, Shannon also has THE NIGHT BEFORE, a comedy opposite Joseph
Levitt, Seth Rogen and Lizzy Caplan. The film tells the story of three lifelong
best friends who set out
to find the Holy Grail of Christmas parties. Sony Pictures is set to release the
film November 25, 2015.
In 2016, Shannon will star in Jeff Nichols' MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, a sci-fi thriller
father (Shannon) desperate to protect his uniquely gifted eight-year-old son (Jaeden
Shannon stars opposite Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Joel Edgerton and Sam
Shepard. Warner Brothers
is set to release the film March 16, 2016. Shannon's previous collaborations
with Nichols include
TAKE SHELTER for which he received a 2011 Film Independent Spirit Award
nomination for Best
Actor; as well as the films MUD and SHOTGUN STORIES.
Shannon has completed production on Liza Johnson's ELVIS & NIXON opposite
Spacey. Based on a true story, the film stars Shannon as Elvis Presley—he
travels to the White House
to meet with President Richard Nixon (Spacey) in hopes that he will be sworn in
as a federal agent
against the war on drugs and communism.
Shannon recently completed production on three other films, Matthew M. Ross'
LOLA, in which he stars opposite Imogen Poots. It is a story of betrayal,
forgiveness, obsession and
revenge that follows Frank (Shannon) and Lola (Poots) on the Halloween night in
which Frank falls in
love with Lola. Prior to that, he wrapped lensing on the "Untitled Joshua
Marston Project," co-starring
opposite Rachel Weisz, Kathy Bates and Danny Glover.
He also recently wrapped production on Werner Herzog's SALT AND FIRE,
Garcia Bernal and Veronica Ferras. The film follows a couple who while on their
way to South
America to research one of the earth's worst ecological disasters, are kidnapped
by Riley (Shannon),
the head of the corporation responsible for the catastrophe.
Upcoming, Shannon will soon lens Tom Ford's NOCTURNAL ANIMALS lead by Jake
Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams and co-starring alongside Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The
film is an adaptation
of Austin Wright's 1993 novel Tony and Susan. Shannon will play a detective
investigating a violent
incident Gyllenhaal's family is involved with while on a vacation. Following
that, he will begin
production on writer-director Siofra Campbell's thriller THE PRICE opposite
Noomi Rapace. The story
revolves around a desperate mother (Noomi Rapace) of a kidnapped child who
learns her maniacal exhusband
(Shannon) is behind the crime.
Most notably, Shannon made his mark in an Oscar-nominated supporting role in
REVOLUTIONARY ROAD playing 'John Givings,' the psychologically troubled
Directed by Sam Mendes and adapted by Justin Haythe, the film stars Leonardo
DiCaprio, Kate Winslet
and Kathy Bates.
With over forty roles in film, Shannon's credits include John McNaughton's
Jake Paltrow's THE YOUNG ONES, Zack Snyder's MAN OF STEEL, Ariel Vromen's THE
ICEMAN, David Koepp's PREMIUM RUSH, Liza Johnson's RETURN Marc Forster's MACHINE
GUN PREACHER, Floria Sigismondi's THE RUNAWAYS, Werner Herzog's MY SON, MY SON,
WHAT HAVE YE DONE and BAD LIEUTENANT, Sydney Lumet's BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS
YOU'RE DEAD, Oliver Stone's WORLD TRADE CENTER, William Friedkin's BUG, Curtis
Hanson's LUCKY YOU, Michael Bay's BAD BOYS II, Curtis Hanson's 8 MILE, David
KANGAROO JACK, Cameron Crowe's VANILLA SKY, Michael Bay's PEARL HARBOR, John
Waters' CECIL B. DEMENTED, Noah Buschel's THE MISSING PERSON and Shana Feste's
For all his roles on screen, Shannon maintains a connection to theatre. In
2016, Shannon returns
to Broadway co-starring alongside Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne, and John
Gallagher Jr. in "Long
Day's Journey Into Night," set to open on April 19, 2016 at American Airlines
Theatre. Produced by
Ryan Murphy's Roundabout Theatre Company and directed by Jonathan Kent, the play
is the revival of
Eugene O'Neill's landmark 1956 drama.
In 2012, Shannon appeared opposite Paul Rudd, Ed Asner, and Kate Arrington in
the Cort Theatre. For his portrayal of 'Sam,' a distrustful and lonely computer
genius who had recently
lost his fiance in a car accident, Shannon was nominated for a 2013
Distinguished Performance Drama
League Award. In 2010, he led Craig Wright's off-Broadway play, "Mistakes Were
Made," at the
Barrow Street Theater. Directed by Dexter Bullard, Shannon portrays 'Felix
Artifex,' a small time
theatre producer, who gets in way over his fast-talking head when he takes on an
epic about the French
Revolution. The play received its world premiere at A Red Orchid Theatre in
Chicago in 2009 with the
same cast and director. The critically acclaimed production garnered numerous
accolades for Shannon,
including an Outstanding Lead Actor Lortel Award nomination, an Outstanding
Actor in a Play Drama
Desk Award nomination, an Outstanding Solo Performance Outer Critics Award
nomination, and a
Distinguished Performance Drama League Award nomination.
Additional theatre credits include "Uncle Vanya" (Soho Rep Theatre), "Our
Street Theatre), "Lady" (Rattlestick Theatre), "The Metal Children" (Vineyard
Theatre), "The Little
Flower of East Orange" (Public Theatre), "The Pillowman" (Steppenwolf Theatre),
Street Theatre, Red Orchid Theatre and Gate Theatre), "Man From Nebraska"
"Mr. Kolpert" (Red Orchid Theatre), Killer Joe (SoHo Playhouse, Next Lab Theatre
Theatre), The Idiot (Lookingglass Theatre), The Killer (Red Orchid Theatre), and
On television, Shannon's credits include Martin Scorsese's HBO series,
co-starring Steve Buscemi and Kelly Macdonald. Based on Nelson Johnson's book of
the same name,
the series centers on an Atlantic City liquor distribution ring at the onset of
Prohibition. In the series,
Shannon portrayed 'Nelson Van Alden,' a dedicated senior agent with the Treasury
has a strong interest in controlling bootlegging.
Michael Shannon grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and began his professional
stage career in
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