BEN SCHNETZER, "Brad Land"
As a talented actor on the rise, Ben Schnetzer brings dynamic characters to life
in a wide range of film, theater and television roles, consistently elevating
his body of work.
Ben is currently in production on Miranda de Pencier's independent film The
Grizzles in Iqaluit, Nunavut in Arctic Canada. This film is based on the
inspiring true story of high school teacher Russ Sheppard (Schnetzer), who
arrives in a struggling Arctic community ravaged by alcoholism, abuse and the
highest suicide rate in North America. Russ starts a lacrosse league which
galvanizes the town and sparks a change in the local children who transform
their lives for the better.
Ben can currently be seen co-starring in Duncan Jones' Warcraft, an epic fantasy
adventure based on the popular video game series. This film tells the tale of
the peaceful realm of Azeroth, which stands on the brink of war as its
civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders. Ben plays Khadgar, a former
guardian of Azeroth, who is fighting to lead a normal life. Despite his choice
to turn his back on the Guardianship, he is ultimately drawn back into the
conflict and learns to live up to the adult responsibilities that come with his
great power. Universal Pictures released the film June 10, 2016.
Following this, Ben will be seen in Oliver Stone's film Snowden, co-starring
Joseph Gordon- Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Nicolas
Cage, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Joely Richardson and Timothy Olyphant. The
thriller is based on Luke Harding's book The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of
the World's Most Wanted Man, which chronicles Snowden's move from Hawaii to Hong
Kong, where he handed over the NSA documents to journalist Glenn Greenwald; and
Time of the Octopus, the upcoming novel by the whistleblower's Russian lawyer,
Anatoly Kucherena, who tells the story of Snowden's time waiting for the
government in Moscow to grant him asylum. Open Road Films will release Snowden
in the U.S. on September 16, 2016.
Ben was most recently seen in Andrew Neel's Goat at this year's Sundance Film
Festival. The film is an adaptation of Brad Lend's acclaimed memoir, also Nick
Jonas. The story follows a 19- year old (Schnetzer) who enrolls into college
with his brother (Jonas) and pledges the same fraternity. What happens there
tests the boy and his loyalty to his brother in brutal ways. Ben's performance
ultimately led to him being named one of the festival's breakout stars of the
year. Paramount Pictures and MTV Films acquired the theatrical distribution and
VOD rights (respectively) and plan to release the film fall 2016.
Earlier this year, Ben filmed Bronwen Hughes' Journey Is the
Destination, in which he will star. Ben will portray 'Dan Eldon,' a Reuters
photojournalist who was set upon by an angry mob while covering Somali's Civil
War and went on to be stoned to death in Mogadishu in 1993 at age 22. The film
is not yet slated for release.
Ben recently starred in the period dramedy, Pride, directed by Matthew Warchus.
The film is based on the true story about a group of gay and lesbian activists
and their efforts to raise money for the National Union of Mineworkers strike in
the summer of 1984. Ben stars as young Irish gay activist, "Mark Ashton,"
alongside a cast including Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, and Dominic West. The
film received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Picture, Musical or Comedy in
Ben was also recently seen in The Riot Club, an adaptation of Laura Wade's West
End play Posh. Directed by Lone Scherfig and with Wade adapting it for the
screen, the film centers on the controversial, exclusive world of the Riot Club,
a drinking society made up of Oxford University's privileged elite. Ben co-stars
alongside an ensemble cast that includes Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth,
Freddie Fox, Sam Reid, Matthew Beard, Olly Alexander, Jessica Brown-Findlay,
Natalie Dormer and Holliday Granger.
He was also previously seen in Brian Percival's The Book Thief, based on the
novel of the same name by Markus Zusak. The film centered on the courageous
story of Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nelisse), a young foster girl living outside of
a Munich neighborhood at the start of World War II Germany. As Liesel seeks
comfort in the pages of a stolen book, she soon discovers that reading is her
only escape in life. When her adoptive parents decide to shelter a Jewish
refugee named Max (Schnetzer), Liesel brings peace to his horrific plight,
passing down one stolen back after another. Ben co-starred opposite Emily
Watson, Geoffrey Rush and Sophie Nelisse.
First making his film debut in the indie drama Ben's Plan, Ben played the lead
role of "Ben Stephens," a 14-year-old boy living in New York whose mother
disappeared three weeks earlier while shopping for Christmas gifts. From there,
he went on to appear as a series-regular on ABC's Happy Town, a mystery thriller
around the decade-long kidnappings that occurred in a small town in Minnesota.
Ben studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he
appeared in numerous productions including Oedipus, As You Like It, Merrily We
Roll Along and Widower's Houses, among many other stage credits. He first began
acting at age eleven when he played the Artful Dodger in a production of Oliver.
Ben currently resides in New York, NY.
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