Josh Lucas stars as Mitch McDeere, who as a young associate, brought down the prestigious Memphis law firm of Bendini, Lambert & Locke, which operated as a front for the Chicago mob. After a difficult decade, McDeere and his family now emerge from isolation to reclaim their lives and their future -- only to find that past dangers are still lurking and new threats are everywhere.
Lucas’ film career began by accident in 1979 when a small Canadian production was filmed on the tiny coastal South Carolina island, known as, The Isle of Palms, where Lucas and his family lived. Unknown to the filmmakers, eight-year-old Lucas was hiding in the sand dunes watching filming during the climatic scene where teenage lovers engage in a lovesick fight. It was during this experience that Lucas decided to pursue a career in film.
Born to young, radical, politically active parents in Arkansas in 1971, Lucas spent his early childhood nomadically moving around the southern United States. The family finally settled in Gig Harbor, Wash., where Lucas attended high school. The school had an award-winning drama/debate program and Lucas won the State Championship in Dramatic Interpretation and competed at the National Championship in 1989. Brief stints in professional theatre in Seattle followed before Lucas moved to Los Angeles. After receiving breaks playing a young George Armstrong Custer in the Steven Spielberg production Class of ’61 and in the Frank Marshall film Alive, Lucas’ toiled in minor television appearances. Frustrated, he decided to start over and relocate to New York City.
In New York City, Lucas studied acting for years under Suzanne Shepherd and performed in smaller theatre productions, such as Shakespeare in the Parking Lot, before receiving another break in 1997 when he was cast as Judas in Terrence McNally’s controversial off-Broadway production of Corpus Christi. The play led to his being cast in the films You Can Count on Me and American Psycho. These films were followed by performances in the Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind and the box-office hit, Sweet Home Alabama.
Lucas gave memorable performances in various films, such as Ang Lee’s Hulk, David Gordon Green’s Undertow, Secondhand Lions, Wonderland, Lasse Hallstrom’s An Unfinished Life and Wolfgang Petersen’s Poseidon. In 2005, Lucas gained nearly 40 pounds to play legendary basketball coach Don Haskins in the Jerry Bruckheimer production Glory Road.
Lucas followed this performance by making his Broadway debut in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. His other theatre credits include the award-winning off-Broadway production of Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell. Lucas’s first producing project, the intensely personal Boaz Yakin film Death in Love, was released in 2009 in which he also starred. Lucas also produced and starred in the IFC film Stolen opposite Jon Hamm, which was released in select theatres last year.
He can currently be seen in the Warner Bros. film J. Edgar as the character role of Charles Lindbergh, directed by Clint Eastwood and written by Dustin Lance Black. Lucas recently wrapped production on two films: Millennium Films Medallion alongside Nicolas Cage, and the independent film Big Sur alongside Kate Bosworth. Lucas also appears in the Australian independent film Red Dog, opposite Rachael Taylor. Adapted from the beloved and best-selling novel Red Dog by Louis De Bernieres, the film captures the story of a loyal dog searching the Australian Outback for its owner (Lucas). Roadshow Films released the film in Australia on August 4 to rave reviews and it has quickly become Australia’s highest-grossing Australian film in 2011.
Earlier this year, Lucas starred in Anchor Bay’s dark comedy Daydream Nation, opposite Kat Dennings. Daydream Nation premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in May. Lucas also starred in the Lionsgate film The Lincoln Lawyer, opposite Matthew McConaughey; Life as We Know It, opposite Katherine Heigl, and in the independent film, A Year in Mooring, opposite Ayelet Zurer and James Cromwell.
Lucas has always remained fascinated by documentaries, and over the past few years has worked repeatedly with film legend Ken Burns on the documentaries The War, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea and Prohibition, in which he narrated. He was involved in the Oscar-nominated Operation Homecoming and appeared in the National Board of Review’s award winner, Trumbo. Lucas also appeared in the Los Angeles Film Festival’s award winning film Resolved, as well as Barry Levinson’s documentary Poliwood.
In the movie the character of Mitch McDeeere was portrayed by Tom Cruise.
Molly Parker stars as Abby McDeere, who 10 years ago helped her husband Mitch McDeere bring down a Memphis law firm that was a front for the Chicago mob - her life was never the same. A true partner to Mitch – a smart, resourceful woman – who, after a tumultuous decade, is excited to start a new life in Washington, D.C. as a school teacher.
In 2010, Parker appeared in two television pilots. She was the lead in Quintuplets opposite Dougray Scott, and in Lifetime’s Meet Jane, as a heroic single mother, who gets enlisted by the FBI to spy on her criminal ex-husband. She also could be seen in a four-episode arc on Showtime’s Dexter.
Also last year, Parker appeared in The Road, directed by John Hillcoat, opposite Viggo Mortensen and Charlize Theron. She also played as Alma Garrett over three seasons on HBO's critically heralded Deadwood as the former New York society woman who reinvents herself by working her claim, adopts an orphan girl and falls for Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant).
Previously, Parker starred with Ben Affleck, Adrien Brody and Diane Lane in Focus Features' Hollywoodland, a drama about the mysterious death of George Reeves (television's Superman). In Neil LaBute's version of the cult classic The Wicker Man, Parker appears opposite Nicolas Cage and Ellen Burstyn as an island community teacher.
Parker starred opposite Lukas Haas and Adam Scott in Matt Bissonnette's independent feature Who Loves the Sun, which centers on the rivalry between two reunited childhood friends who compete for the love of the same woman. Parker won the Best Actress Award at the Beverly Hills Film festival for her work in Who Loves the Sun.
Parker’s credits also include Wayne Wang’s Center of the World (Independent Spirit Award nomination, Best Female Lead) opposite Peter Sarsgaard; the Golden Globe-nominated drama, Sunshine, in which she co-starred with Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz; Keith Gordon's Waking the Dead, with Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly; Menno Meyjes' Max, co-starring John Cusack; and Michael Winterbottom’s acclaimed Wonderland, which filmed in London and premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival.
An actress of fierce intelligence, strength and delicacy, Parker consistently garners acclaim for her craft and her bold, diverse choices in characters. Currently, she has three upcoming feature films including, Trigger opposite Tracy Wright, That’s What I Am opposite Ed Harris and Oliver Sherman opposite Donal Logue.
In the movie the character of Abby McDeeere was portrayed by Jeanne Tripplehorn.
Callum Keith Rennie stars as Ray McDeere, Mitch McDeere’s charming yet volatile older brother whose work as an investigator in Mitch’s office is uniquely informed by his past stretch in prison for manslaughter. Despite a seedier past that stands in stark contrast to his Harvard-grad brother, Ray shares one key quality with Mitch – a loyalty that is unbreakable.
Rennie’s early television appearances include My Life As a Dog, for which he won a Best Actor Gemini Award, Twitch City, and Due South, for which he was nominated for a Best Actor Gemini Award. Rennie landed his first independent feature-film role in director Mina Shum’s Double Happiness, which garnered him a Best Supporting Actor Genie nomination. He continued to star in many other Canadian films including Kari Skogland’s Men with Guns and Bruce McDonald’s cult favourite, Hard Core Logo.
He went on to star in other films, such as Christopher Nolan’s Memento, David Cronenberg’s Existenz, Lynne Stopkewich’s Suspicious Rivers, McDonald’s Picture Claire, and Last Night, directed by Don McKeller, which garnered Rennie a Best Supporting Actor Genie Award. He then starred in critically acclaimed Flower & Garnet from director Keith Behrman, Falling Angels opposite Miranda Richardson and in Daniel MacIvor’s Wilby Wonderful.
Rennie soon joined Carrie-Anne Moss, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman in Snow Cake and then again appeared opposite Moss in director Carl Bessai’s moving feature Normal. His work in Normal won him his second Genie Award for Best Supporting Actor. Rennie also worked on David Goyer's The Invisible opposite Marcia Gay Harden, and shortly thereafter, in Chris Carter’s much-anticipated, feature-film sequel X-Files: I Want to Believe, as well as, Case 39 opposite Renée Zellweger. Not long after that, Rennie found himself appearing opposite good friend Paul Gross in the western comedy Gunless, a role that rewarded him with yet another Genie Award nomination for his supporting performance in the film.
Additions to his television credits include the multi award-winning mini-series Tin Man from director Nick Willing, which broke several viewership records, and the global hit series Battlestar Galactica, where Rennie played his now infamous Cylon role of Leobon for four seasons. His outrageous turn as rock producer Lew Ashby in Showtime’s Californication opposite David Duchovny generated a great deal of fan buzz and was subsequently followed up with several recurring appearances on FlashForward, 24 (going toe to toe with fellow Canuck Kiefer Sutherland), Rookie Blue and Alphas.
Most recently Rennie’s one-hour Global series Shattered in which he starred as a seasoned police detective dealing with his own multiple personality disorder earned him both a Gemini Award and a Leo Award for his riveting work, and was followed by recurring roles on Emmy-nominated The Killing and television mainstay CSI: Miami.
In the movie the character of Ray McDeeere was portrayed by David Strathairn.
Juliette Lewis stars in The Firm as Tammy Hemphill, Mitch McDeere’s feisty, sexy receptionist, whose work life is made all the more tumultuous by her on-again, off-again relationship with Mitch’s brother, Ray (Callum Keith Rennie). With a personality as arresting as her ever-changing hair color, Tammy is leery when Mitch accepts a deal to partner with a top law practice, as she’s not cut out for the conservative culture of a white-collar firm.
Lewis has been recognised as one of Hollywood's most talented and versatile actors of her generation since she first stunned audiences and critics alike with her Oscar-nominated performance as Danielle Bowden in Cape Fear. To date, she has worked with some of the most revered directors in the industry, including Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen, Lasse Hallström, Oliver Stone and Garry Marshall. Whether lending dramatic authenticity or a natural comedic flair to her roles, Lewis graces the screen with remarkable range and an original and captivating style.
Born in Hollywood, California, Lewis knew by the age of six that she wanted to be a performer. At 12, Lewis landed her first leading role in the Showtime miniseries, Home Fires. After appearing in several TV comedies including The Wonder Years, she made her move to film, starring with Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and with Jennifer Jason Leigh in the drama Crooked Hearts. At 16, Lewis starred in the critically acclaimed television movie Too Young to Die? and caught the attention of Scorsese, who cast her in his thriller, Cape Fear. Her powerful scenes with Robert De Niro captured the quiet complexities of adolescence and earned her an Oscar nomination and Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Lewis next worked with Woody Allen in Husbands and Wives, playing a self-assured college coed with a penchant for older men in particular, her married professor. She quickly followed suit with a succession of starring roles in a variety of blockbusters and critically acclaimed projects, including Kalifornia, Romeo Is Bleeding, What's Eating Gilbert Grape and Natural Born Killers -- Stone's controversial media satire about two mass murderers who become legendary folk heroes. Lewis' other credits include the Nora Ephron comedy, Mixed Nuts, with Steve Martin and Adam Sandler; the sci-fi action film Strange Days, with Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett; Quentin Tarantino's vampire tale From Dusk Till Dawn with George Clooney; Evening Star with Shirley MacLaine; the Gary Marshall-directed The Other Sister, and Old School co-starring opposite Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Will Ferrell.
After a six-year hiatus from film to pursue her burgeoning music career exclusively, Lewis announced her return to acting with five movies. In 2009, Lewis starred alongside Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Jimmy Fallon and Eve in Whip It, a comedy directed by Drew Barrymore. She also appeared in the romantic comedy The Switch, opposite Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman and Patrick Wilson. In 2010, Lewis appeared in Mark Ruffalo’s directorial debut Sympathy for Delicious, costarring alongside Orlando Bloom, Ruffalo and Laura Linney; the film took home the US Dramatic Special Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
During the same year, Lewis was cast in the acclaimed indie-drama Conviction, which starred Hilary Swank, Melissa Leo, Minnie Driver and Sam Rockwell. Critics hailed her performance in the film. Time magazine praised Lewis’ “scene stealing moments” as a devious ex-girlfriend while Entertainment Weekly raved, “Juliette Lewis reminds fans why we want her to run free forever.” The San Francisco Chronicle also proclaimed, “her character work should be studied in schools. Just remarkable.”
Lewis resides in Los Angeles and is currently recording a new studio album set for release in 2012.
In the movie the character of Ray McDeeere was portrayed by Holly Hunter.
Natasha Calis stars as Claire McDeere, the daughter of Mitch and Abby, who is trying to fit in with her new surroundings after her family came out of the Witness Protection Program.
A young Canadian actress, Calis has already made an impressive debut in both the television and feature world. Calis stars in the Sam Raimi produced feature film The Possession for Lionsgate. The film, directed by award winning Danish director Ole Bornedal, also stars Kyra Sedgwick and Jeffrey Dean Morgan and will be released in August 2012.
Her previous film credits include Donovan’s Echo opposite Danny Glover and Bruce Greenwood, which premiered at the 2011 Vancouver and Calgary International Film Festivals. She also appeared opposite Kat Dennings and Andie MacDowell in the independent film Daydream Nation.
Calis made her debut on television in the ABC Family TV movie Christmas Caper. Her other television credits include the Super Channel mini-series Impact, starring David James Elliot and Natasha Hendstridge, and the Showcase mini-series, Alice.
In the movie the character of Claire McDeeere was just a dream in her parents' minds.
Tricia Helfer stars as Alex Clark, a managing partner of Kinross & Clark. She is a dynamic, supremely confident woman with a manic charisma and a hint of something wild in her eyes. Alex seems thrilled to have Mitch on board as the firm's newest partner – but like her associate, Andrew, she may have a hidden agenda underneath her welcoming attitude.
Helfer is a Canadian actress and former model who has appeared in ad campaigns for high-end designers such as Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Versace, Givenchy and Dolce Gabbana among others. She has also graced the covers of Flare, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Vogue, to name a few.
In 2002, Helfer retired from fashion modeling and moved to Los Angeles where she quickly landed a number of roles including guest starring in the second season finale of the hit series C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation. In 2003, she landed the role of humanoid Cylon 'Number Six’ in the critically acclaimed, award-winning SciFi series Battlestar Galactica, written and produced by Ronald D. Moore.
During her hiatus from the show, Helfer also starred in a number of other projects including the lead role of Farrah Fawcett in the film Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Charlie's Angels on NBC, and filming the lead role of Stephanie Jacobs in the independent feature Memory opposite Dennis Hopper and Billy Zane. Helfer also starred opposite LeeLee Sobieski in the independent feature Walk All Over Me which debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival.
In 2008, Helfer joined the cast of the USA Network's hit series Burn Notice for a multi-episode arc and in 2009 she filmed recurring guest spots on the CBS hit show Two and a Half Men and Fox drama, Human Target. She also showcased her voiceover talents for mega-hit, video game franchises in Halo: ODST as Commander Veronica Dare, Mass Effect 2 as EDI and the lead character, Sarah Kerrigan in the Bizzard's Starcraft 2.
Prior to joining the cast of The Firm, Helfer was seen on Jerry Bruckheimer's Dark Blue as a new series regular opposite Dylan McDermott. Helfer has also been seen in the horror thriller Open House co-starring Brian Geraghty and Stephen Moyer, and in A Beginner's Guide to Endings with Harvey Keitel, Scott Caan and JK Simmons (both films released in 2010).
In her down time, Tricia is an avid motorbike rider, likes to hike and dedicates herself to animal causes. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
In the movie the character of Alex Clark could be compared to Hal Holbrook's portrayal of Oliver Lambert, senior partner at Bendini, Lambert & Locke.
Shaun Majumder stars as Andrew Palmer, the charming, gregarious, and ambitious partner at Kinross & Clark. He plays basketball with Mitch in a local league on the weekend, and he uses that connection to approach Mitch about a partnership with his firm. But Andrew may not be the friend he seems to be -- and his true motive for approaching Mitch is a mystery.
Born in Burlington, Newfoundland and Labrador, this actor and comedian got his professional start early. Majumder started out as an announcer on the Canadian kid’s game show, CLIPS, and was soon hosting the YTV network’s most popular morning kids show, Brain Wash. In 2003, he joined the cast of the award-winning Canadian comedy show, This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
Majumder has won two Gemini Awards from the Canadian television broadcasting industry for This Hour Has 22 Minutes. In addition to his stand-up comedy work, he has also appeared in the feature films The Ladies Man and Harold and Kumar go to White Castle. Shaun is a favourite of Montreal's Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, having hosted the TV series for three seasons. Shaun was most recently seen in the ABC series Detroit 1-8-7 in which he portrayed Detective Vikram Mahajan, a 7 year vetran of the homicide unit. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
In the movie the character of Andrew Palmer could be compared to Gene Hackman's portrayal of Avery Tolar, Mitch's mentor at Bendini, Lambert & Locke.
Executive ProducersJohn Grisham
Co-Executive ProducersHelen Shaver
Consulting ProducerJamie Gorenberg
Supervising ProducerDina Appleton
Production DesignerKaren Bromley
Director of PhotographyAdam Swica
Costume DesignerMichael Simon