About The Cast
As they'd anticipated when they first read Pogue's script, The Skulls
attracted some of Hollywood's top young talent, particularly the central role of
in The Skulls is Capraesque," says Cohen. "He's not your basic
jock football quarterback." And to play Luke, Cohen and Moritz decided on
one of Hollywood's most promising young actors, Joshua Jackson (Dawson's
Creek), who had been featured in supporting roles in two previous Moritz
films: Urban Legend and Cruel Intentions.
perfect for the lead in The Skulls," states Cohen. "In the
great tradition of Spencer Tracy and Tom Hanks, he possesses that appealing
'every man' quality-a great deal of sincerity and heart."
Jackson says he
felt an immediate affinity for the character of Luke and the film's exciting and
morally complex thriller elements. "The Skulls has all the layers of
a first rate morality tale, but without sacrificing the thriller aspect,"
he says. "So you can go and watch it for pure entertainment or go deeper
and access the film's themes."
tale of Luke's ambition allowed Jackson to go deep within himself and delve into
issues he himself is facing in life.
is about having the personal strength to stand alone. That's essentially the
question that gets asked of my character. If you know that something is wrong,
can you stand up and do what's right, even at a personal cost to you? At 21, I
think this is one of the most serious questions that I, and my friends, are
The role of
Caleb Mandrake, Luke's soulmate in The Skulls, who comes from a long line
of Skull members, seemed to fit another fast rising star to a tee...Paul Walker
(Varsity Blues and She's All That).
"In so many
ways, Paul is Caleb," says Cohen. "When you see him on screen,
regardless of what he is doing, your eyes are drawn to him," says Cohen.
"He has the kind of looks and charisma that make Caleb such a fascinating,
Like the character of Luke in the movie, Walker was drawn into Caleb
Mandrake's world of casual privilege and amorality.
bred to carry on the family name," says Walker. "He has been taught to
present a patina of grace, control and self-sufficiency. But behind that, Caleb
is very unsure of himself. In some ways I think he wishes he was more like Luke,
that he'd had to work harder and not have everything handed to him on a silver
Moritz and Cohen
soon realized that the combination of Jackson and Walker made for an exciting
dramatic dynamic. Both actors had done their homework before stepping foot onto
confesses, "Caleb is far more challenging than many of my previous roles
and I wanted to be up to it. Fortunately Rob made me feel very confident by
being so supportive. He really knew how to bring out the best in me."
Rounding out the
central cast were two other promising young talents, Hill Harper as Will and
newcomer Leslie Bibb, who plays Chloe. Having attended Harvard University,
Harper knew the Ivy League mentality and was impressed how astutely writer Pogue
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