BEN AFFLECK (Jim Young) is both an accomplished actor and screenwriter, who is one of Hollywood´s youngest ever to win the Academy Award™ for Best Original Screenplay. He received the Academy Award™ for Good Will Hunting, which he co-wrote with friend and fellow actor Matt Damon.
Affleck most recently reunited with director Kevin Smith on the fantastical adventure comedy Dogma, having received critical acclaim for his roles in Smith´s earlier Chasing Amy and Mallrats.
Affleck´s other recent roles range from the Oscar©-winning Shakespeare In Love; to the romantic comedy Forces of Nature with Sandra Bullock; to the blockbuster action film Armageddon opposite Bruce Willis and Liv Tyler; to the edgy ensemble piece 200 Cigarettes. He received critical notice in Mark Pellington´s adaptation of Dan Wakefield´s best-selling coming-of-age novel Going All The Way and has appeared in the Dean Koontz thriller Phantoms, Richard Linklater´s cult hit Dazed and Confused, the controversial School Ties and Glory Days. He will next be seen in John Frankenheimer´s casino heist thriller Deceived, and his forthcoming projects include Billy Bob Thornton´s Daddy and Them; Bounce with Gwyneth Paltrow; and The Third Wheel with Matt Damon.
On television, Affleck starred in the NBC series “Against The Grain,” as well as several television movies including HBO´s “A Body To Die For,” PBS´ “Voyage of the Mimi” and two network films: “Almost Home” and “Daddy.”
VIN DIESEL (Chris Varick) reunites with his Saving Private Ryan co-star Giovanni Ribisi for Boiler Room. Steven Spielberg created a role for Diesel in his film after seeing Multi-Facial, a short film Diesel wrote, starred in, directed, produced and financed himself. Multi-Facial also was selected to be screened at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.
Diesel also wrote, starred in, directed and produced a feature film: Strays. Most recently, Diesel was the voice of the title character in the critically admired animated family film The Iron Giant and starred in the sci-fi film Pitch Black. He will next be seen in Knockaround Guys with John Malkovich, Dennis Hopper and Seth Green. Diesel is also currently preparing several projects as a writer/director.
TOM EVERETT SCOTT (Michael Brantley) has developed a reputation as one of the industry´s most versatile young actors. He was recently seen starring in several very different roles, including The Love Letter, opposite Kate Capshaw and Ellen DeGeneres, Dead Man on Campus and the moving drama One True Thing with Meryl Streep and Renee Zellwegger. He also won solid reviews in the independent film River Red, which he produced and which garnered acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival.
Scott first came to Hollywood´s attention as the soulful drummer in That Thing You Do!, Tom Hanks´ directorial debut. He also starred opposite Julie Delpy in An American WereWolf in Paris.
Scott made his television debut on an episode of “Law & Order,” then won the recurring role of the seventeen year old-son earlier given up for adoption on the hit sitcom “Grace Under Fire.” He recently returned to television in the 1999 telefilm “Inherit The Wind.”
A long-time theatre veteran, Scott is a co-founder of the New York-based theater group TheaterCo, which focuses on original works. “River Red” was originally developed by TheaterCo, with Scott directing it on stage.
NICKY KATT (Greg Weinstein) had his breakthrough role in Richard Linklater´s Dazed and Confused, which led to such diverse roles as the one-armed villainous clerk in Gregg Araki´s The Doom Generation, an obsessed psychopath in The Babysitter, the redneck antagonist in Joel Schumacher´s A Time To Kill and the hot-headed xenophobe in Linklater´s subUrbia.
Katt recently played Renee Zellwegger´s ambitious attorney boyfriend in One True Thing, then went on to star as the sociopathic hitman in Steven Soderbergh´s acclaimed thriller The Limey.
Katt also recently starred in and executive produced Adam Goldberg´s independent feature Scotch and Milk, which garnered rave reviews at the 1998 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. A short film he produced and starred in, director Henry Griffin´s Mutiny, premiered at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival and went on to win Best Short honors at the Chicago International Film Festival, the Seattle Film Festival, and the South by Southwest Film Festival.
Katt will next be seen in the William Friedkin thriller Rules of Engagement with Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson, and in Academy Award™ winner Christopher McQuarrie´s directoral debut, Way of the Gun, with Taye Diggs, Juliette Lewis, Benicio del Toro and Ryan Phillippe.
RON RIFKIN (Marty Davis) is an award-winning veteran of stage, screen and television. He was most recently seen in The Negotiator and L.A. Confidential. Previously, he starred in the film adaptation of the award-winning play Substance of Fire, recreating the role of Isaac Geldhart that he originated on stage in New York and Los Angeles. He also garnered an Obie, a Drama Desk Award, a Lucille Lortel Award and a Dramalogue Award for his performances.
Rifkin´s other film credits include Woody Allen´s Husband and Wives and Manhattan Murder Mystery, Last Summer in the Hamptons, Wolf, JFK, The Sting II, The Big Fix, The Sunshine Boys and Silent Running. He will next be seen in Keep the Faith, directed by and starring Edward Norton.
On television, Rifkin has been seen in numerous telefilms and miniseries such as “The Sunset Gang” and “Concealed Enemies” for PBS; “Buying a Landslide” for the BBC; as well as “Evergreen,” “The Winds of War,” “Dress Gray,” “Do You Remember Love?,” “Mother Courage,” “The Chicago Conspiracy Trial,” “Mrs. R´s Daughter” and “Question of Guilt.” He is familiar to television audiences as Sharon Gless´ boss in “The Trials of Rosie O´Neill,” as well as the sit-com “One Day at a Time.” Most recently, he stared in the series “Leaving L.A.” and in an episode of “The Outer Limits,” for which he received a Cable ACE nomination.
On stage, Rifkin won the 1998 TonyŠ Award for Best Supporting Actor for the revival of “Cabaret.” He was also honored with a Drama Desk nomination and a second Lucille Lortel Award for Jon Robin Baitz´ play “Three Hotels.” His other theater credits include “Rosebloom,” “Afternoon Tea,” “Scandalous Memories,” The Three Sisters,” “Cross Country,” “Ice,” “Gethsemane Springs,” “Ghetto,” “Detective Story,” “Tally´s Folly,” “The American Clock,” “Nothing Sacred,” “The Tenth Man,” “The Art of Dining,” “The Goodbye People,” “Come Blow Your Horn” and “Temple.” His most recent stage appearances include Arthur Miller´s “Broken Glass,” Turgenev´s “A Month in the Country” and Neil Simon´s “Proposals.”
Rifkin is currently starring on Broadway in “Wrong Mountain,” a new play by David Hirson.
TAYLOR NICHOLS (Harry Reynard) made his debut in Whit Stillman´s acclaimed Metropolitan and went on to star in Stillman´s Barcelona and The Last Days of Disco. His feature credits also include The American President, Congo, Serpent´s Lair, Dirty Money, Cadillac and The Next Step, which he also associate produced. Nichols most recently starred in Mike Binder´s The Sex Comedy and Gideon with Christopher Lambert.
For television, Nichols recently starred in “Evolution´s Child” with Ken Olin. He has also appeared in the telefilm “Norma Jean and Marilyn” and has guest-starred on numerous dramatic series including “Chicago Hope,” “ER” and “Judging Amy.”
NIA LONG (Abbie Halpert), is one of Hollywood fast-rising young actresses, with diverse recent roles in the horror hit Stigmata, the cop thriller In Too Deep and the romantic comedy The Best Man.
After making her debut in John Singleton´s groundbreaking Boyz in the Hood, Long made a critical breakthrough as the female lead in the sexy romantic comedy Love Jones, which tied for the Audience Award at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. She went on to star in the comedy Hav Plenty and with Vanessa Williams and Vivica A. Fox in Soul Food. She was most recently seen in the Jamie Foxx comedy Inconvenienced.
On television, Long is known for starring as Will Smith´s fiancee Lisa in the NBC hit sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”
GIOVANNI RIBISI (Seth Davis) is quickly earning a reputation for delivering powerful, intense performances, including his portrait of Medic Wade in Steven Spielberg´s acclaimed Saving Private Ryan. Most recently, Ribisi starred in The Mod Squad opposite Claire Danes and in The Other Sister with Juliette Lewis and Diane Keaton. In addition, Ribisi is well known to television fans for his recurring role as Frank, Jr. on the hit NBC comedy series “Friends.”
Ribisi won acclaim for his starring role in Richard Linklater´s film subUrbia and in the dramatic feature First Love, Last Rites. His credits include David Lynch´s Lost Highway, Some Girls, Kevin Costner´s The Postman, The Grave, Scotch and Milk, and for director Tom Hanks, That Thing You Do! He will next be seen in All The Rage with Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin, Gary Sinise and Joan Allen and he will be heard as the voice of the narrator in Sofia Coppola´s feature directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides. He will next be seen in Gone In Sixty Seconds, a car-heist thriller co-starring with Nicolas Cage.
Ribisi has also appeared in numerous television programs including “The X Files,” “NYPD Blue,” “Chicago Hope,” “The Wonder Years” and “Family Album.”
JAMIE KENNEDY (Adam) first came to the attention of audiences in Wes Craven´s runaway horror hit Scream. He went on to star in the Oscar©-winning As Good As It Gets, in Ridley Scott´s Enemy of the State, in Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo Di Caprio and Claire Danes and in Wes Craven´s Scream 2. Most recently, he appeared in two of 1999´s most critically celebrated films: Steve Martin´s Hollywood comedy Bowfinger with Eddie Murphy and David O. Russell´s innovative Desert Storm drama Three Kings with George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg. Forthcoming films include The Specials, about a band of less-than-super superheroes, and The Debtors in which Kennedy plays a rock star with a gambling habit.
Kennedy´s independent film credits include Bongwater, The Pass, Starstruck and Stricken. He is also known to television viewers for his role as Tad in the hit series “Ellen.”
SCOTT CAAN (Richie) recently starred in such films as Varsity Blues and the thriller Enemy of the State with Will Smith and Gene Hackman. He will next be seen in James Toback´s Black and White with Robert Downey, Jr. and Ben Stiller. Other forthcoming projects include Gone In Sixty Seconds, co-starring with Nicolas Cage and his Boiler Room colleague Giovanni Ribisi.
Caan has appeared in numerous independent features including Bongwater, Nowhere To Go and the recent Saturn, in which he plays a young man whose father has Alzheimer´s disease. His other feature credits include Lunchtime Special, Aaron Galespie Will Make You a Star and Gregg Araki´s Nowhere.