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GUY PEARCE (Roy Clayton) is known for a variety of memorable roles from the flamboyant drag queen Felicia Jolly Goodfellow in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to the by-the-book cop Ed Exley in Curtis Hanson's L.A. Confidential and also the Sci-Fi Lockout. But it was Christopher Nolan's psychological thriller Memento that captured the most attention for the Australian actor. Pearce played Leonard Shelby, a man suffering from short-term memory loss who tries to solve his wife's murder. Pearce will next be seen in the upcoming films The Hurt Locker, Now to Change in 9 Weeks and Winged Creatures.

After many years performing in Australian theatre, Pearce began his film career in 1988 in Pi. Amenta's feature Heaven Tonight Since then, he has appeared in a number of feature films including First Snow, Two Brothers, The Hard Word, The Time Machine, Count of Monte Cristo, Till Human Voices Wake Us Rules of Engagement Ravenous, Woundings, Dating the Enemy, Flynn, The Proposition and Hunting. His recent credits include roles as Andy V1Jarhol in Factory Girl opposite Sienna Miller and the immortal Harry Houclini in Gillian Armstrong's Death Defying Acts, opposite Catherine Zeta tones.

DON CHEADLE (Samir Horn, Producer) has consistently turned in powerful performances on stage and screen since being named Best Supporting Actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics for his breakout performance opposite Denzel Washington in Devil in a glue Dress. Cheadle was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Actor in Hotel Rwanda, the true story of a hotel manager who saves hundreds from slaughter during Rwanda's genocidal massacres of 1994. The film won top honors at the 2004 Toronto and AFI Film Festivals and garnered Cheadle Best Actor nominations at the Golden Globes, Broadcast Film Critics Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Cheadle was featured in the Oscar-Golden Globes, Broadcast Film Critics Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Cheadle was featured in the Oscar-winning ensemble film Crash(Best Picture), alongside Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon and Thandie Newton. Cheadle also produced the film, which was written and directed by Oscar winner Paul Haggis. His producing credits include the recent documentary Darfur Nowand Talk to Me, a drama in which Cheadle starred as the pioneering radio personality Petey Greene.

Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Cheadle attended the prestigious California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California, where he received his bachelor's degree in Fine Arts. With the encouragement of his college friends, Cheadle auditioned for a variety of television roles while attending school and landed a recurring role on the hit series .Fame.. This led to feature film roles in Colors, directed by Dennis Hopper; John Irvin's Hamburger Hill, opposite Dylan McDermott; and Meteor Man, directed by Robert Townsend.

Though well known for his two-year stint in the role of District Attorney John Littleton on David E. Kelley's critically acclaimed series "Picket Fences", Cheadle's other television credits include a guest-starring arc on .ER. (earning him an Emmy nomination), a series regular role on "The Golden Palace. and a recurring part on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.. Cheadle was also part of the stellar cast of the thrilling live broadcast of 'Tail Safe. on CBS, starring opposite George Clooney, James Cromwell, Brian Dennehy, Richard Dreyfus and Harvey Keitel.

Cheadle received a Golden Globe award for his remarkable portrayal of Sammy Davis Jr. in HBO's telefilm "The Rat Pack,. a performance that was also nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Emmy. That same year, he received a Best Actor Emmy nomination for his starring role in HBO's adaptation of the critically acclaimed, best-selling novel A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest J. Gaines. Cheadle starred opposite Cicely Tyson and Mekhi Phifer. He also starred for HBO in .Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault,. directed by Erig La Salle. Cheadle's feature-film credits include Ocean's Thirteen, his third appearance opposite George Clooney and Brad Pitt in Steven Soderbergh's popular heist series, and Reign Over Me, with Adam Sandler. He made an appearance as Henri Moore, a delusional underworld crime figure, opposite Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek in Brett Ratner's After the Sunset and had a cameo in The Assassination of Richard Nixon, opposite Sean Penn and Naomi Watts.

Other film credits include the Academy Award-winning Traffic and Out of Sight both directed by Steven Soderbergh. Cheadle played the memorable role of Buck in Paul Thomas Anderson's serio-comic look at the porn industry, Boogie Night, He also starred in Volcano, with Tommy Lee Jones; gulworth, with Warren Beatty; Swordfish, with John Travolta and Halle Berry; and Mission to Mars, with Tim Robbins and Gary Sinise. Cheadle received an NAACP Image Award nomination for his work in John Singleton's Rosewood. He also delivered a memorable comedic cameo as a guardian angel in Brett Ratner's Family Man, opposite Nicolas Cage. Cheadle has embraced independent features such as the all-digital Manic, for director Jordan Melamed, and The United States of Leland, opposite Ryan Gosling and Kevin Spacey. His powerful performance in Alison Anders' Things Behind the Sun garnered Cheadle Emmy and Independent Spirit Award nominations.

An accomplished stage actor, Cheadle originated the role of Booth in Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Top Dog Underdog. at New York's Public Theatre, under the direction of George C. Wolfe. His other stage credits include .Leon, Le. and Lenz. at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, "The Grapes of Wrath. and 'liquid Skin. at the Mixed Blood Theater in Minneapolis, .Cymbeline. at the New York Shakespeare Festival, "'Tis a Pity She's a Whore. at Chicago's Goodman Theater and Athol Fugard's South African play .Blood Knot,. at The Complex Theater in Hollywood.

JEFF DANIELS (Carter) found his first popular success with Terms of Endearment, playing the philandering husband of Debra Winger's character. His recent performance in The Squidand The Whale earned him Independent Spirit Award and Golden Globe nominations, as well as Newsweek's choice for Best Actor of 2005. Daniels co-stars in the upcoming films State of Play, Dreams of Romans and The Farlanders.

Daniels launched his film career from the New York stage. Raised in Michigan, Daniels attended Central Michigan University, where he majored in English and minored in theater. Impressed with the 21-year-old actor, guest director Marshall W. Mason invited him to join the acclaimed Circle Repertory Company in New York. His stage credits from this period include "The Farm," Lanford Wilson's "Brontosaurus," and Corinne Jacker's "My Life," co-starring Christopher Reeve and William Hurt. Other New York roles include "Three Sisters, "Short Changed Review, "Lemon Sky" (earning Daniels a Drama Desk nomination), and A.R. Gurney's "The Golden Age," with Stockard Channing and Irene Worth. Daniels worked with Marshall Mason again on Broadway in Lanford Wilson's "Redwood Curtain" in 1993. In the spring of 2007, he returned to the off-Broadway stage in the critically acclaimed American premiere of David Harrower's "Blackbird."

The role of Jed Jenkins in Lanford Wilson's "Fifth of July" won Daniels his first widespread recognition. After three different productions and filming the play for television, Daniels returned to Circle Rep to star in a one-man show adapting Dalton's Trumbo's "Johnny Got His Gun," an effort for which he won a 1983 Obie Award.

On television, Daniels recently starred in Hallmark Hall of Fame's "Sweet Nothings in My Ear," opposite Marlee Matlin. His other television credits include "Invasion of Privacy, "A Rumor of War, "The Visit, "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, "The Jackie Presser Story, "No Place Like Home, "Tanner '88, "The Crossing, "Cheaters" and "The Five People You Meet in Heaven."

Daniels made his feature-film debut in Milos Forman's Ragtime. Other credits include Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo and Radio Days, Mike Nichols' Heartburn, Jonathan Demme's Something Wikt, House on Carroll Street Maria Checking Out, Welcome Back Roxy Carmichael, The Butcher's Wife, Grand Tour, Arachnophobia Gettysburg, Speed, Dumb&Dumber, Fly Away Home, 2 Days in the Valley, 101 Dalmatians, Trial and Error, Pleasaaville My Favorite Martian, All the Rage, Chasing Sheep, Blood Work, The Hours, Gods and Generals, 1 Witness, Imaginary Hero. Because of inn Dixie, RV, Good Night, and Good luck Infamous and The Lookout

In 1991, Daniels established the Purple Rose Theatre Company, a not-for-profit professional theatre in the small town of Chelsea, Michigan. Since then, the PRTC has gained a national reputation as a home for new American plays. Daniels has written 12 plays for the Purple Rose, including "Apartment 3A, "Boom Town" and "Guest Artist," 2007 Runner Up for Best New Play by the American Theatre Critics Association. In 2003, "Across the Way" was a finalist and Daniels' first nomination for ATCA's Best New Play. In the fall of 2006, the Purple Rose premiered "Escanaba in Love," the second play of Daniels' "Escanaba Trilogy." "Escanaba in Da Moonlight" sold out in 1995 and 1997, setting the record as the longest-running show in Detroit history. His latest play with music, "Panhandle Slim & The Oklahoma Kid" will premiere at the Purple Rose in June 2008. In 1998, Daniels formed Purple Rose Films. The company's first project, Escanaba in Da Moonlight, earned S2.3 million despite being self-distributed, making it one of 2001's top-grossing independent films in the U.S. Daniels' second venture, Super Sucker, won the Audience Award for Best Feature at the HBO-sponsored U.S. Cmedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, in February 2002.

Daniels' songwriting has taken him all over the country. Initially a way to raise money for the Purple Rose, Daniels' live performance and guitar playing can be heard on his three CDs: "Live and Unplugged at the Purple Rose," "Grandfather's Hat" and "Together Again." More information regarding his music career can be found at

Daniels was awarded an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Central Michigan University. In 1991, he received both the Detroit News' Michiganian Of The Year Award and the prestigious Governor's Michigan Artist Award.

ALY KHAN (Fareed) has worked as a professional actor for over 15 years in Bollywood. His film career includes a wide range of genres, from the futuristic sci-fi feature The Body (Deham) to the based-on-a-true-story thriller Escape from Taliban and the drama Stumped. Khan was recently introduced to North American audiences in the film A Mighty Heart.

Khan's television work reflects a prolific and diverse range of programming.. has hosted India, first travel show, "Namaste India," the cooking show "IFB Star Sunday Lunch" and played pivotal characters in over a dozen award-winning soap operas, including "Banegi Apni Baat," "Lipstick,—Dhund" and "Dushman."

The actor's stage work includes "Hamlet," "Legend of Ram," "Begum Sumroo" and "The Lover," among other productions.

Khan has hosted the Mumbai Marathon on Zee TV two years in a row and co-hosted India, first telethon for CRY, called "The CRYathon." The list of live performances in which he has participated as a host is endless, spanning fashion, sports, corporate functions, award shows, product launches, pageants, charity galas and auctions.

ARCHIE PANJABI (Chandra) made her film debut in the smash hit Film Four/Miramax comedy East is East, in 1999. The film received a standing ovation at Cannes and won The Evening Standard Best Film Award as well as the prestigious Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film in 2000. Panjabi went on to wear in Bend It Like Beckham, starring Keira Knightley. Her performance as Pinky, the "tart-with-a-heart," won her a BBC Mega Mela award. The film was nominated for a BAFTA for Best British Film in 2003.

Panjabi played the lead in the critically acclaimed film Yasmin (2005), written by the Oscar-nominated writer of The Full Monty, Simon Beaufoy. For her performance, Panjabi was awarded Best Actress at The Reims Festival and The Shooting Star Award at the International Berlin Film Festival.

Panjabi's other film credits include Ridley Scott's A Good Year, starring Russell Crowe; Michael Winterbottom's Code 46; The Constant Gardener, with Ralph Fiennes; This Little Life, with David Morrissey; and A Mighty Heart, alongside Angelina Jolie. For her performance in the latter film, Panjabi won The Chopard Trophy at Cannes 2007.

The actress has also starred in a number of high-profile television projects. In 2002, Panjabi appeared in "White Teeth," a four-part Channel 4 adaptation of Zadie Smith's award-winning novel. Directed by Julian Jarrold, "White Teeth," was aired by PBS in 2003 and earned three CAFTA nominations. She also had television roles in "Sea of Souls," "Grease Monkeys'. and "A Very Social Secretary." Panjabi provides voices for several characters in the hugely popular animated series "Postman Pat."

MOZHAN MARNO (Leyla) recently co-starred in Charlie Wilson, War with Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. She appears in the forthcoming drama August alongside Josh Hartnett and Naomie Harris and is currently shooting the action drama Under the Same Sky. Marno was born in Los Angeles and went to boarding school in Andover, Massachusetts. She has also lived in France, Germany, Sweden and Argentina. Marno spent her college years in New York City, earning a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University and her M.F.A. in Acting from Yale Drama School. She speaks English, French, Farsi, German and some Spanish. Marno's television credits include guest-starring roles in the series "K-ville," "Shark," "Standoff" and "The Unit.

NEAL McDONOUGH (Max Archer) has displayed astonishing versatility with a wide range of roles in film, television and theater, joining a select group of actors who combine a leading man's profile with a character actor's art. He recently starred as a Marine captain in Clint Eastwood, award-nominated Flags of Our Fathers and played a Coast Guard rescue swimmer haunted by tragedy in The Guardian, alongside Kevin Costner. McDonough appears in several upcoming films including Michael Cal.'s The Last Time, co-starring Michael Keaton and Brendan Fraser; Paul Kampf's American Gothic, with Patrick Wilson; and the indie film Forever Strong, for director Ryan Little.

Raised in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, McDonough attended Syracuse University and later trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. It was McDonough's co-starring role in Steven Spielberg's Minority Report, alongside Tom Cruise, that first drew audiences' attention.

In the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning HBO mini-series "Band of Brothers," produced by Tam Hanks and Steven Spielberg, McDonough starred as Buck Compton, a rugged World War II hero whose all-American veneer is cracked by the horrors of war. He played a starring role on NBC's drama "Medical Investigation" as Dr. Stephen Connor, the head of a highly skilled team of specialists who investigate mysterious illnesses. McDonough is perhaps best known as Deputy District Attorney David McNorris in the acclaimed NBC drama, "Boomtown." His work was recognized by the Television Critics Association with a nomination for Individual Achievement in Drama. He recently appeared in the Sci Fi Channel's six-hour miniseries "Tin Man" with Zooey Deschanel and Alan Cumming.

McDonough's stage credits include "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and "Always Alone," the latter production earning him a Dramalogue Best Actor award.

On the big screen, McDonough's credits include Timeline, co-starring Paul Walker; Walking Tall, alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson; and Jeff Hare's A Perfect Little Man, which earned him the Best Actor Award at the 2000 Atlantic City Film Festival. He was recently seen in Rogue Pictures' The Hitcher, alongside. Sophia Bush; the thriller J Know Who Killed Me, opposite Lindsay Lohan and Julia Ormond; and Jon Avnet's SS Minutes, with Al Pacino.

SAID TAGHMAOUI (Omar) was first noticed by film enthusiasts in his role as the Arab punk in the French crime drama La ?Mine, which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in .95. The film went on to win many awards around the world at various film festivals, as well as earning Taghmaoui a Cesar nomination (France's equivalent of the Academy Award) as Most Promising Newcomer. He was recently seen in Marc Forster's acclaimed film The kite Runner.
Taghmaoui was born in France to Moroccan parents.

Traitor film
Directors: Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Producers: Don Cheadle
David Hoberman
Todd Lieberman
Jeff Silver
Ashok Amritraj
Arlene Gibbs
Kay Lieberman
Steve Martin
Richard Schlesinger
Screenplay: Jeffrey Nachmanoff
Starring Don Cheadle
Guy Pearce
Music: Mark Kilian
Cinematography: J. Michael Muro
Editing: Billy Fox
Distributor: Overture Films (US)
Paramount Pictures (Overseas)
Release date:
August 27, 2008
Running time: 117 minutes