MEL GIBSON (Jerry Fletcher) previously collaborated with Joel
Silver and Richard Donner on the worldwide blockbuster trilogy of "Lethal
Weapon" films. In 1995, Gibson produced, directed and starred in the
Academy Award-winning Best Picture, "Braveheart," which also earned
him 1996's Best Director Oscar. Earlier, he starred for producer/director
Richard Donner in the Western comedy "Maverick," which was jointly
produced with Gibson's and Bruce Davey's own Icon Productions. Most recently,
Gibson starred in the boxoffice hit thriller "Ransom," directed
by Ron Howard.
Gibson's career began with George Miller's "Mad Max," which catapulted
him to international stardom. His next two films, "Tim" and Peter
Weir's "Gallipoli," each earned him Best Actor Awards from the
Australian Film Institute. Gibson made his American film debut with "The
River," followed by "Mrs. Soffel." His other film credits
include "Tequila Sunrise," "Bird on a Wire," "Air
America," Franco Zeffirelli's "Hamlet" (which marked the
first project from Icon Productions), "Forever Young," "The
Bounty," "The Year of Living Dangerously," "The Road
Warrior" and "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome." Gibson made his
directing debut with "The Man Without a Face," in which he also
JULIA ROBERTS (Alice Sutton) currently stars in the critical and
box-office hit "My Best Friend's Wedding" and was seen last year
in "Michael Collins" for director Neil Jordan.
Roberts first came to audiences' attention with her critically acclaimed
role in "Mystic Pizza." She followed it with a starring role
in "Steel Magnolias," which led to her first Oscar nomination.
Her next film, "Pretty Woman," was the top-grossing movie of
1990 and brought Roberts her second nomination. It was followed by a series
of successful films including "Flatliners," "Sleeping With
the Enemy," "Dying Young," "Hook," "The Pelican
Brief," "Something to Talk About" and Woody Allen's "Everyone
Says I Love You.."
PATRICK STEWART (Dr. Jonas) recently finished filming "Dad Savage"
in England, in which he plays the title role, and the soon-to-be-released
"Masterminds." Before that, he starred in the upcoming psychological
thriller "Safe House." He is currently on location in Australia
playing the starring role of Captain Ahab in USA Network's minseries adaptation
of "Moby Dick." This November, Stewart will star at Washington,
D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre in the title role of "Othello" with
an otherwise all African-American cast.
Stewart headed the cast of last year's hit feature film, "Star Trek:
First Contact," which also starred Alfre Woodard and James Cromwell,
and, earlier, starred in the romantic comedy "Jeffrey." Last
year he also co-produced and starred in the telefilm "The Canterville
A native of Great Britain, Stewart began acting onstage in his teens. He
attended the famed Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol and later joined the
Old Vic Theatre Company, touring Australia, New Zealand and South American
with Vivien Leigh and other company members.
In 1966 Stewart made his London stage debut with the Royal Shakespeare Company;
he spent most of 15 years performing with that acclaimed theatrical company.
In 1971 Stewart made his Broadway debut in Peter Brook's landmark production
of "A Midsummer Night's Dream," and in 1975 he made his film debut
in "Hennessey" with Rod Steiger.
The following year Stewart played a starring role in the acclaimed BBC production
of "I, Claudius," after which he returned to film with a role
in "Excalibur." In 1979 Stewart received England's Olivier Award
for his work in "Antony and Cleopatra," and in 1987 he began playing
what was to become his most-recognized role: that of Captain Jean-Luc Picard
on television's hit series "Star Trek" The Next Generation."
In December, 1989, Stewart performed his one-man version of Charles Dickens'
"A Christmas Carol" in Los Angeles for the first time, beginning
a holiday tradition that continued through the following year, as it played
to sold-out theaters. In 1991, he brought the performance to Broadway,
where it again played to capacity audiences and earned him a Drama Desk
Award, and, later, to London, where Stewart was honored with an Olivier
Award for his achievement.
In 1992, Stewart made his debut as a director with the theatrical musical
"Every Good Boy Deserves Favour," and in 1995 he performed the
role of Prospero in the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of "The
Tempest," which played a brief engagement on Broadway.
Stewart also recorded the narration for the Grammy-winning version of "Peter
and the Wolf" in 1996.
CYLK COZART (Agent Lowry) has been featured in such films as "Eraser,"
"Blue Chips," "White Men Can't Jump" And "Ricochet.'
After completing college, Cozart joined rookie camp for the NBA's Denver
Nuggets. He was just about to claim his place on the team at the start
of the season when a foot injury permanently sidelined him and set him on
the road to acting, another of his lifelong dreams.
Arriving in New York in the early '80s, he was accepted both into the Actors'
Studio and into the world of high fashion, as a model for Vogue, GQ and
Essence. Cozart made his feature-film debut opposite Andy Garcia in "Blue
Skies Again." In 1985, Cozart starred in Oliver Stone's Sundance Institute