Academy® Award nominee Michael Shannon (Rick Carver) is making his mark working with many of the industry's most honored talents and treading the boards in the world's most respected theatres.
Following 99 HOMES, he will be seen co-starring in Peter Sollett's FREEHELD. Shannon plays New Jersey policeman 'Dane Wells,' partnered to 'Laurel Hester' (Julianne Moore) who enters into a civil rights battle when the city refuses to award pension benefits to her girlfriend (Ellen Page). The film is scheduled release by Lionsgate on October 2, 2015.
Also this year, Shannon will star in Jeff Nichols' MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, a sci-fi thriller about a father (Shannon) desperate to protect his uniquely gifted eight year old son (Jaeden Lieberher). Shannon stars opposite Kirsten Dunst, Adam Driver, Joel Edgerton and Sam Shepard. Warner Brothers is set to release the film November 25, 2015. Shannon's previous collaborations with Nichols include TAKE SHELTER for which he received a 2011 Film Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor; as well as the films MUD and SHOTGUN STORIES. That same day, Shannon also has X-MAS, a comedy opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Lizzy Caplan. The film tells the story of three lifelong best friends who set out to find the Holy Grail of Christmas parties. Warner Bros. is set to release the film November 25, 2015.
Shannon has completed production on Liza Johnson's ELVIS & NIXON opposite Kevin Spacey. Based on a true story, the film stars Shannon as Elvis Presley—he travels to the White House to meet with President Richard Nixon (Spacey) in hopes that he will be sworn in as a federal agent against the war on drugs and communism. Shannon recently completed production on two other films, Matthew M. Ross' FRANK & LOLA, in which he stars opposite Imogen Poots. It is a story of betrayal, forgiveness, obsession and revenge that follows Frank (Shannon) and Lola (Poots) on the Halloween night in which Frank falls in love with Lola. Prior to that, he wrapped lensing on the “Untitled Joshua Marston Project,” co-starring opposite Rachel Weisz, Kathy Bates and Danny Glover.
He is currently in production on Werner Herzog's SALT AND FIRE, alongside Gael Garcia Bernal and Veronica Ferras. The film follows a couple who while on their way to South America to research one of the earth's worst ecological disasters, are kidnapped by Riley (Shannon), the head of the corporation responsible for the catastrophe. Following that, he lens writer-director Siofra Campbell's thriller THE PRICE opposite Noomi Rapace. The story revolves around a desperate mother (Noomi Rapace) of a kidnapped child who learns her maniacal ex-husband (Shannon) is behind the crime.
Most notably, Shannon made his mark in an Oscar®-nominated supporting role in REVOLUTIONARY ROAD playing 'John Givings,' the psychologically troubled neighbor's son. Directed by Sam Mendes and adapted by Justin Haythe, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet and Kathy Bates.
With over forty roles in film, Shannon's credits include John McNaughton's THE HARVEST, Jake Paltrow's THE YOUNG ONES, Zack Snyder's MAN OF STEEL, Ariel Vromen's THE ICEMAN, David Koepp's PREMIUM RUSH, Liza Johnson's RETURN Marc Forster's MACHINE GUN PREACHER, Floria Sigismondi's THE RUNAWAYS, Werner Herzog's MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE and BAD LIEUTENANT, Sydney Lumet's BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD, Oliver Stone's WORLD TRADE CENTER, William Friedkin's BUG, Curtis Hanson's LUCKY YOU, Michael Bay's BAD BOYS II, Curtis Hanson's 8 MILE, David McNally's KANGAROO JACK, Cameron Crowe's VANILLA SKY, Michael Bay's PEARL HARBOR, John Waters' CECIL B. DEMENTED, Noah Buschel's THE MISSING PERSON and Shana Feste's THE GREATEST.
For all his roles on screen, Shannon maintains a connection to theatre. In 2012, Shannon appeared opposite Paul Rudd, Ed Asner, and Kate Arrington in “Grace” at the Cort Theatre. For his portrayal of 'Sam,' a distrustful and lonely computer genius who had recently lost his fiancé in a car accident, Shannon was nominated for a 2013 Distinguished Performance Drama League Award. In 2010, he led Craig Wright's off-Broadway play, “Mistakes Were Made,” at the Barrow Street Theater. Directed by Dexter Bullard, Shannon portrays 'Felix Artifex,' a small time theatre producer, who gets in way over his fast-talking head when he takes on an epic about the French Revolution. The play received its world premiere at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago in 2009 with the same cast and director. The critically acclaimed production garnered numerous accolades for Shannon, including an Outstanding Lead Actor Lortel Award nomination, an Outstanding Actor in a Play Drama Desk Award nomination, an Outstanding Solo Performance Outer Critics Award nomination, and a Distinguished Performance Drama League Award nomination.
Additional theatre credits include “Uncle Vanya” (Soho Rep Theatre), “Our Town” (Barrow Street Theatre), “Lady” (Rattlestick Theatre), “The Metal Children” (Vineyard Theatre), “The Little Flower of East Orange” (Public Theatre), “The Pillowman” (Steppenwolf Theatre), “Bug” (Barrow Street Theatre, Red Orchid Theatre and Gate Theatre), “Man From Nebraska” (Steppenwolf Theatre), “Mr. Kolpert” (Red Orchid Theatre), Killer Joe (SoHo Playhouse, Next Lab Theatre and Vaudeville Theatre), The Idiot (Lookingglass Theatre), The Killer (Red Orchid Theatre), and Woyzeck (Gate Theatre).
On television, Shannon's credits include Martin Scorsese's HBO series, “Boardwalk Empire,” co-starring Steve Buscemi and Kelly Macdonald. Based on Nelson Johnson's book of the same name, the series centers on an Atlantic City liquor distribution ring at the onset of Prohibition. In the series, Shannon portrayed 'Nelson Van Alden,' a dedicated senior agent with the Treasury Department who has a strong interest in controlling bootlegging.
Michael Shannon grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and began his professional stage career in Chicago, Illinois.