INTERVIEW: Joel Edgerton Digs into ‘The Square’

The idea of Australia's Joel Edgerton being an actor on the rise has been brewing for many years, but it probably couldn't have been clearer than on Tuesday, when he received his very own Star Bond on the Hollywood Stock Exchange.

Before that, Edgerton had already appeared in two of the "Star Wars" prequels, Joe Carnahan's Smokin' Aces, the Jerry Bruckheimer reinvention of King Arthur and other roles, but things really exploded when he appeared in the Broadway revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire" opposite no less than Cate Blanchett. Recently, he's been cast in leading roles in the upcoming Mixed Martial Arts movie Warrior and Universal's prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing.

At the same time that he's been building his acting career, Edgerton had been appearing in short films directed by his brother Nash, who has been equally busy as a stuntman in many films. Last year, the two brothers finally tackled a feature film with The Square, a tough suspense thriller which Joel wrote as well as in which he stars as an arsonist, whose neglect starts a series of disastrous consequences for the film's protagonist Ray, played by Dave Roberts.

The Square is already being declared one of the breakthrough films of the year due to the brilliant storytelling and filmmaking skills on display, and it's the start of a wave of films from the brothers' associates at Blue Tongue Films, who will have two other movies released this year: Animal Kingdom, also starring Joel, and Hesher.

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