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KEVIN ZEGERS (SPYDER)

Since gaining wide critical acclaim for his role in the gender-bending indie hit Transamerica, Kevin Zegers is fast becoming one of Hollywood’s most in-demand young actors for both independent and mainstream films.

Zegers was most recently seen in Kari Skogland’s Irish Republican Army thriller Fifty Dead Men Walking, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and co-starred Sir Ben Kingsley and Jim Sturgess. He also stars in François Velle’s The Narrows as a struggling young man trying to find his place within two worlds.

He is currently in production on Tonya Holly’s adaptation, The Story of Bonnie and Clyde, and on Adam Green’s Frozen, in which he plays a snowboarder who, with his best friends, must fight the elements after getting stranded on a chairlift halfway up a New England mountain.

In the 2005 film Transamerica, he plays a drug-addled hustler who dreams of meeting the father he never knew. Played by the Oscar® nominated Felicity Huffman, this father turns out to be a conservative transsexual. Zeger’s additional film credits include The Stone Angel, Gardens of the Night, Normal, The Jane Austen Book Club, Dawn of the Dead, the Air Bud franchise films, MVP: Most Valuable Primate, Komodo, Four Days, Treasure Island, Nico The Unicorn, and his first role on screen as a younger Michael J. Fox in Life With Mikey.

His television credits include “The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie,” which was nominated for multiple Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Children/Youth/Family Special. Additional television roles include “House,” “Smallville,” “Titans,” “It Came From the Sky,” “A Call To Remember,” “Sex, Lies & Obsession” and “Time Share,” “Traders,” “Avonlea” and “Street Legal.”

JASON RITTER (ERIC GENSON)

Jason Ritter’s recent feature film credits include the independent Peter and Vandy, which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival; Oliver Stone’s W, in which he plays Jeb Bush opposite Josh Brolin; The Education of Charlie Banks, directed by Fred Durst; and The Deal, with William H. Macy and Meg Ryan, and Good Dick, written and directed by Marianna Palka, both of which premiered at Sundance in 2008.

Ritter can also be seen in the films Our Very Own, opposite Allison Janney and Keith Carradine; Happy Endings, written and directed by Don Roos, co-starring Lisa Kudrow, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Tom Arnold; and Lenexa, 1 Mile, directed by Jason Wiles. Other film credits include Mumford, directed by Lawrence Kasdan; Freddy vs. Jason; Swimfan; and Raise Your Voice.

On the small screen, Ritter starred in the CBS comedy “The Class,” from producers David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik. He is familiar to television audiences of the CBS drama “Joan of Arcadia,” in which he starred as a former star athlete adjusting to life as a paraplegic. He has also guest-starred in “Hack,” “Law & Order” and “Law & Order: SVU.”

Onstage, Ritter starred as the title character in the Lincoln Center production of Wendy Wasserstein’s “Third,” opposite Dianne Wiest, Charles Durning, Amy Aquino and Gaby Hoffmann, directed by Daniel Sullivan. His additional theater credits include the Off-Broadway production of Tom Donaghy’s “The Beginning of August,” starring Mary Steenburgen and directed by Neil Pepe, and the world premiere of Neil LaBute’s “The Distance from Here” at London’s Almeida Theatre, directed by David Leveaux.

Ritter is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he studied at the Atlantic Theatre Company. He also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He is the son of actors John Ritter and Nancy Morgan, and the grandson of Tex Ritter, who appeared in more than 80 films and was often referred to as “America’s Most Beloved Cowboy.”

TARYN MANNING (ROSE ATROPOS)

Best known for her critically acclaimed role as Nola in the 2005 Paramount hit Hustle & Flow, Taryn Manning most recently starred in Kill Theory with Agnes Bruckner; Your Name Here, written and directed by Matt Wilder, opposite Bill Pullman; and with Freddie Prinze, Jr. in Jack and Jill vs. the World. She also starred in Weirdsville, opposite Wes Bentley and Scott Speedman, which premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival.

Manning’s other film credits include A Lot Like Love, Crossroads, Crazy Beautiful, Cold Mountain, White Oleander and Dandelion. She is also set to appear in a slew of upcoming independent features, including The Speed of Thought, opposite Nick Stahl; Waking Madison, opposite Sara Roemer and Elisabeth Shue; and Taylor Hackford’s Love Ranch with Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci.

On the small screen, Manning first drew attention for her role as Rebecca Peabody on Fox’s critically acclaimed “Get Real.” More recently, she appeared as a series regular on CBS’s “Viva Laughlin” and Fox’s “Drive.” Her other television credits include the CW’s “Melrose Place,” the FX series “Sons of Anarchy,” “CSI: Miami,” ABC’s “The Practice,” the WB’s “Popular,” and “NYPD Blue.”

In addition to acting, Manning is an accomplished singer-songwriter and fashion designer. She is the vocalist for electronic duo Boomkat and co-owner of the clothing brand Born Uniqorn. Boomkat’s second album, “A Million Trillion Stars,” was produced by Mike Elizondo and became available online in 2008. Boomkat’s single “Wastin’ My Time” was licensed by Eminem and featured on the 8 Mile soundtrack, which sold over 6 million records worldwide. Boomkat’s remake of the Blondie song “Rip Her to Shreds” can be heard in the opening credits of the Paramount film Mean Girls, and another Boomkat single, “The Wreckoning,” was licensed for use during the opening credits of The Italian Job.

Manning was born in Falls Church, Virginia, and raised in Tucson, Arizona. While living in Cardiff, California, she discovered dance, which led her to attend the prestigious Orange County High School for the Arts, where her talents in dance, acting and voice were featured in numerous stage productions. She currently resides in Los Angeles.

PETER FONDA (AUGUST WEST)

Peter Fonda became enshrined as a cinematic icon for his role in the seminal 1969 anti-establishment film Easy Rider, which he produced and co-wrote, and for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

His other acting credits include the feature films Outlaw Blues, an exposé of the country music business; Dirty Mary Crazy Larry; Race with the Devil; Robert Rossen’s Lilith; Split Image; Robert Wise’s Two People; and the cult films Love and a .45 and Nadja. He appeared in Grace of My Heart, directed by Alison Anders, and John Carpenter’s Escape from L.A., starring Kurt Russell. He also made a cameo appearance in Bodies, Rest & Motion, which starred his daughter Bridget.

In 1971, Fonda directed his first film, a critically acclaimed western in which he also starred, called The Hired Hand. A restored version of the film debuted at the 2001 Venice Film Festival and screened at the Toronto Film Festival before reopening in theaters in 2003. Fonda’s other directing credits include the science fiction feature Idaho Transfer, starring Keith Carradine, and Wanda Nevada, in which he starred as a gambler who wins Brooke Shields in a poker game.

Fonda wowed audiences and won critical acclaim for his portrayal of Ulee Jackson, the taciturn beekeeper in the 1997 film Ulee’s Gold, earning him both a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and the New York Film Critics Award, as well as his second Academy Award nomination. He was nominated for another Golden Globe Award for his work in the NBC movie “The Tempest,” and won a Golden Globe for his role opposite Helen Mirren in the telefilm “The Passion of Ayn Rand.” That performance also earned Fonda both an Emmy and SAG Award nomination.
Additional credits include Steven Soderbergh’s The Limey, which also starred Terence Stamp and Lesley Ann Warren; Thomas and the Magic Railroad with director Britt Allcroft, starring Alec Baldwin; HBO’s “The Laramie Project,” based on the true story of openly gay college student Matthew Shepard; “The Maldonado Miracle,” directed by Salma Hayek for Showtime Networks; Wooly Boys, in which he starred opposite Kris Kristofferson; the television drama “Back When We Were Grownups,” opposite Blythe Danner and Faye Dunaway; Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Twelve; and Mark Steven Johnson’s Ghost Rider, opposite Nicolas Cage.

Fonda made his professional stage debut on Broadway in 1961 in “Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole,” for which he received rave reviews from critics, winning the Daniel Blum Theater World Award and the New York Critics Circle Award for Best New Actor.

He also published an autobiography, Don’t Tell Dad.

LUKAS HAAS (CLIFTON HANGAR)

Lukas Haas’ career first took off with his portrayal of a young Amish boy who witnesses the murder of an undercover cop in the 1985 Harrison Ford hit Witness. Age seven at the time, Haas won moviegoers’ hearts and critical acclaim with his performance, and soon landed starring roles in such films as Lady In White, The Wizard of Loneliness and Alan & Naomi. He was subsequently nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of AIDS sufferer Ryan White in the controversial TV movie, “The Ryan White Story.”

Haas continued to distinguish himself in big-screen starring roles opposite Jessica Lange in the Costa-Gavras- directed The Music Box; with Robert Duvall and Laura Dern in Rambling Rose; and alongside John C. Reilly and Winona Ryder in Boys. He went on to work with acclaimed directors such as Woody Allen in Everyone Says I Love You, Tim Burton in Mars Attacks!, and Alan Rudolph in The Breakfast of Champions, to name a few. Onstage, Haas performed with Steve Martin and Robin Williams in Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” directed by Mike Nichols at Lincoln Center.

More recently, Haas appeared in the 2005 indie hit Brick, released by Focus Features after screening in competition at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival; Gus Van Sant’s The Last Days, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was later released by HBO Films; MGM’s Material Girls, in which he portrays an attorney doing pro bono work for two sisters; The Tripper, a slasher-film spoof directed by David Arquette; and Who Loves the Sun with Adam Scott and Molly Parker, in which he stars as a jilted ex-husband. In 2007, he starred in the Kevin Connolly-directed Gardener of Eden, produced by Graham King and Leonardo DiCaprio; and in 2008, he starred opposite Kim Basinger in While She Was Out, as well as appearing in Death in Love, a harrowing family drama which was in competition at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

In addition to his film work, Haas continues to pursue his other passion: music. He has performed with the band Outkast and with Macy Gray, and has just completed his own EP.