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Gerard Butler captains a stellar cast in Hunter Killer

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Gerard Butler cruises into UK cinemas this Friday (19th October) captaining a stellar cast in Lionsgate’s Hunter Killer. When the Russian President is captured during a military coup, American submarine Captain Joe Glass (Gerard Butler) must venture into enemy waters in order to save him and his country and prevent WWIII. Navigating head-first into the fray, Butler is supported by an all-star cast including Oscar winner Gary Oldman, Common, Linda Cardellini, Toby Stephens and the late Michael Nyqvist. But where have we seen them before?

Gary Oldman

Gary Oldman, affirmed member of the 80s Brit Pack has carved an astonishing career establishing himself as one of the greatest British film exports we’ve ever known. A versatile actor, with a knack for the absurd often finds himself in scene stealing roles such as Zorg from The Fifth Element, Drexl in True Romance and of course Stansfield from Leon. Gradually building a repertoire of authoritative characters Oldman was thoroughly deserving of the Best Actor award for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour earlier this year. But his rise to the top hasn’t softened hardened his approach to smaller roles and he delivers on all front in Hunter Killer.

RA Fisk (Common, left) and Commander Crawford (Gary Oldman, right) in HUNTER KILLER. Photo by: Christopher Raphael.

Common

On top of a hugely successful music career, Common had his breakout feature role in Smokin’ Aces, a hyper-violent, mob world thriller, with famous faces in every shot. Common has gone on to become a joint Golden Globe and Oscar winner with John Legend for their song ‘Glory’ for Selma while also starring in that film. Most recently appearing in a bruising role in John Wick: Chapter 2 Common is beginning to forge an illustrious character actor filmography and we can’t wait to see his upcoming roles.

Linda Cardellini

Linda Cardellini has relentlessly consistent TV credits to her name including perhaps her most widely known role in Freaks and Geeks. But her film career is equally impressive and her role in Hunter Killer is further evidence of her versatility. Roles in Brokeback Mountain, Avengers: Age of Ulton and upcoming Green Book there isn’t a genre of popular cinema that Linda Cardellini can’t handle. Emanating a powerful presence in the war room alongside Oldman and Common, Cardellini continues to show why her billing is so attractive to cast.

Fisk(Common, left), Donnegan (Gary Oldman, middle) and Norquist (Linda Cardellini, right) in HUNTER KILLER. Photo by: Christopher Raphael.

Toby Stephens

Perhaps the lesser known of the supporting cast Toby Stephens uses his time to great effect and delivers a blistering adrenaline-fuelled performance in Hunter Killer to make sure you remember him next time. Spurred on by a similar role in Michael bay’s 13 Hours Stephens fits the film perfectly. He’s come a long way since his role as Gustav Graves in Die Another Day and yet he still remains the youngest Bond villain to date. If you’ve been watching Lost in Space on Netflix then you’ll also see that he has a promising sci-fi career should the right role come along.

Michael Nyqvist

With a posthumous credit in memory of Michael Nyqvist at the end of Hunter Killer, we’re reminded of how great this loss is. Scoring his first big break in the film Together, Nyqvist went on to play the original Mikael Blomkvist from the Swedish Millennium trilogy starting with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in 2009. He starred in the mammoth Mission: Impossible franchise in Ghost Protocol in 2011 and went on to deliver the famous boogeyman speech in John Wick (it was with a pencil, right?), cementing his name in the history of cult cinema forever. Nyqvist’s performance alongside Gerard Butler in Hunter Killer is not to be missed.

Brace yourselves for Hunter Killer which is in cinemas on Friday 19th October.

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