JAI COURTNEY (Kyle Reese) has quickly become one of
most highly sought after actors.
In 2014 he co-starred in three films. In March he was seen in box office
"Divergent," alongside Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet. The film, directed
by Neil Burger, is an adaptation of the hit sci-fi novel of the same name.
In October he co-starred with Joel Edgerton and Tom Wilkinson in "Felony." Jai plays a young police detective who suspects Edgerton's character is
about a crime he's committed and gradually builds a criminal case against him.
The film had its World Premiere in 2013 at the Toronto Film Festival.
In December Jai co-starred in "Unbroken," directed by Angelina Jolie. The
Universal film is based on the unbreakable spirit of Louis Zamperini, the former
Olympic track prodigy who endured unimaginable hardship as a WWII POW at
the hands of Japanese prison guards. Jai plays Cup, a WWII veteran pilot who
gets caught in tenacious midair gunfight alongside Zamperini.
In 2015 Jai co-stars in "The Water Diviner," Russell Crowe's feature directorial debut about an Australian man who travels to Turkey to attempt to locate
the bodies of his three sons, who were killed there during WWI. Jai portrays Lt.
Col. Cyril Hughes, who is tasked with organizing the effort to identify the tens
thousands of soldiers killed at Gallipoli.
In March he will be seen in "Insurgent," the second film in the Divergent
trilogy and in 2016 he will be seen in the highly anticipated comic book movie
Jai was born and raised in the northwest region of Sydney, where he developed an early interest in acting. He participated in a state sponsored drama
program for young people, 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 well-respected institution in Perth,
from where he graduated in 2008.
Following graduation, Jai quickly landed guest-star roles on two hit
Australian shows, "Packed to the Rafters" and "All Saints," and later that year he
won a Theatre Critics Award for Best Newcomer for his performance in "The
Turning" at the Perth Theatre Company.
In 2009 Jai landed the sought after role of Varro in the international Starz
hit television series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand." The character of Varro became
the closest confidante to Spartacus until his death in the tenth episode. Fans
the show created an uproar over Varro's death, and to this day continue to
lament about it on the many Spartacus fan sites and blogs.
After "Spartacus," Jai was cast in the Paramount film "Jack Reacher,"
alongside Tom Cruise and Werner Herzog.
After Jack Reacher, Jai starred alongside Bruce Willis in "A Good Day to
Die Hard." The fourth installment of the Die Hard franchise opened in February
2013. The film made over $300 million worldwide.