JOEL EDGERTON (Brendan Conlon) was born in Blacktown, New South Wales. He has
appeared in such films as “Erskineville Kings,” “King Arthur,” “Ned Kelly” and
“Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones” and “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge
of the Sith,” portraying a young ‘Owen Lars,’ stepbrother of ‘Anakin Skywalker’
and uncle to ‘Luke Skywalker.’
Edgerton will next be seen in Universal Pictures prequel of John Carpenter’s
“The Thing.” The film is about a shape-shifting alien who terrorizes a group of
people in a remote facility. “The Thing” is set to release on October 14, 2011.
Edgerton recently starred in “Animal Kingdom,” a powerful crime drama that
explores the intense battle between a criminal family and the police, and the
ordinary lives caught in the middle. The film received the World Cinema Jury
Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was also awarded the Australian
Film Institute/AFI Awards for “AFI Best Film” and “AFI Member’s Choice.”
Edgerton was honored with an “AFI Award” for “Best Supporting Actor” on behalf
of the film.
In 2009, Edgerton starred alongside Cate Blanchett as ‘Stanley’ in the Sydney
Theatre Company's acclaimed production of “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
and Blanchett also performed the play to sold-out audiences at the Kennedy
Center in November 2009, followed by a run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in
Edgerton recently wrapped production on Disney’s “The Odd Life of Timothy
Green.” Edgerton will star opposite Jennifer Garner in the fable fantasy
centering on a childless couple, unable to conceive, who bury all their wishes
for a baby in a box in their backyard. One day, they wake up to find that a
child is born, but the child is not all that it appears. The film is slated for
a late 2011 release.
In August 2011, Edgerton will begin production on the Baz Luhrmann directed
remake of “The Great Gatsby.” Edgerton will portray the character of ‘Tom
Buchanan,’ starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. Warner
Brothers will release the film, based on the famous novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Edgerton attended the Nepean Drama School in western Sydney before moving onto
various stage productions, most notably at The Sydney Theatre Company
(“Blackrock,” “Third World Blues” and “Love for Love”) and Bell Shakespeare
(“Henry IV”). On television, Edgerton is known for playing the role of ‘Will’ on
the series “The Secret Life of Us” for which he was nominated for an AFI award.
In 2008, Edgerton was seen in the film “The Square,” directed by his brother
Nash Edgerton. That same year, Edgerton starred in “Acolytes,” an Australian
film about teenagers who get revenge on a serial killer. In 2007, Edgerton was
seen in the film “Whisper” with Josh Holloway. He also had a significant role in
the 2006 American film “Smokin' Aces.”
In 2005, Edgerton appeared in the British comedy “Kinky Boots,” in a lead role
alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, as the son of a deceased shoe maker who must find a
niche market in the 21st century. That same year, Edgerton lent his voice to the
title character of “The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello,”
an Academy Award® nominated animated short film.
Edgerton currently splits his time between Australia and Los Angeles.