JOEL EDGERTON (Lucas) was honored for his performance as Tom
Buchanan in "The Great Gatsby," Baz Luhrmann's 2013 screen adaptation of F.
Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel. Edgerton won Australian Film Institute (AFI)
and Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA) Awards and was nominated for an
Australian Film Critics Association Award, all in the category of Best
He is currently reunited with Jeff Nichols on the fact-based drama "Loving,"
about the couple whose challenge to Virginia's interracial marriage ban led to a
landmark Supreme Court case. Edgerton will next be seen starring in Gavin
O'Connor's Western "Jane Got a Gun," with Natalie Portman and Ewan McGregor,
opening January 29th. He most recently starred in "Life" and Scott Cooper's
critically acclaimed "Black Mass," alongside Johnny Depp.
Edgerton previously directed, wrote, produced and starred in the psychological
thriller "The Gift," also starring Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall. The
independent film delivered tremendously, with a 93% Rotten Tomatoes score and an
opening weekend of $12 million. He also starred opposite Christian Bale in
Ridley Scott's biblical epic "Exodus: Gods and Kings."
In 2012, Edgerton gained international attention with his role in Kathryn
Bigelow's award-winning true-life drama "Zero Dark Thirty." That same year, he
starred opposite Jennifer Garner in Peter Hedges' "The Odd Life of Timothy
Green," and in "Wish You Were Here," winning an FCCA Award for Best Actor.
His other recent film credits include the drama "Felony," which he also wrote
and produced and which premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film
Festival; Gavin O'Connor's drama "Warrior," with Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte; the
horror thriller "The Thing," the prequel to John Carpenter's cult classic; and
David MichÃ´d's "Animal Kingdom," for which he won AFI and FCCA Awards for Best
Edgerton had earlier starred in such films as "The Square," directed by his
brother Nash Edgerton; the Australian feature "Acolytes"; "Whisper," with Josh
Holloway; the crime thriller "Smokin' Aces"; the drag comedy "Kinky Boots"; and
George Lucas's blockbusters "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones" and
"Episode III - Revenge of the Sith," playing the young Owen Lars, who would
become Uncle Owen to Luke Skywalker. He also lent his voice to Zack Snyder's
animated feature "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" and the
Oscar-nominated animated short "The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper
Morello," performing the title role.
Born in New South Wales, Australia, Edgerton attended the Nepean Drama School in
western Sydney. He went on to appear in various stage productions, most notably
with the Sydney Theatre Company in "Blackrock," "Third World Blues" and "Love
for Love"; and the Bell Shakespeare, where he appeared in "Henry IV."
In 2009, he returned to the stage to star as Stanley Kowalski, alongside Cate
Blanchett's Blanche DuBois, in the Sydney Theatre Company's acclaimed production
of "A Streetcar Named Desire." The pair also performed the play to sold-out
audiences at the Kennedy Center in November of that year, followed by a run at
the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in December.
On Australian television, he is known for playing the role of Will in the
long-running series "The Secret Life of Us," for which he was nominated for an
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