A DANGEROUS METHOD - A Film by David Cronenberg

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Cast List

Keira Knightley...................Sabina Spielrein
Viggo Mortensen......................Sigmund Freud
Michael Fassbender..............Carl Jung
Vincent Cassel..............Otto Gross
Sarah Gadon..............Emma Jung
Andre M. Hennicke..............Professor Eugen Bleuler
Arndt Schwering-Sohnrey..............Sandor Ferenczi
Mignon Reme..............Jung's Secretary
Mareike Carriere..............Food Nurse
Franziska Arndt..............Bath Nurse
Wladimir Matuchin..............Nikolai Spielrein
Andre Dietz..............Medical Policeman
Anna Thalbach..............Bathtub Patient
Sarah Marecek..............Orchard Nurse
Bjorn Geske..............Orderly
Markus Haase..............Orderly
Christian Serritiello..............Ship's Officer
Clemens Giebel..............Ship's Steward
Theo Meller..............Karl Abraham
Jost Grix..............Leonhard Seif
Severin von Hoensbroech..............Johan van Ophuijsen
Torsten Knippertz..............Ernest Jones
Dirk S. Greis..............Franz Riklin
Katharina Palm..............Martha Freud
Nina Azizi..............Minna Bernays
Julie Chevallier..............Anna Freud
Cynthia Cosima..............Sophie Freud
Mirko Guckeisen..............Ernst Freud
Julia Mack..............Mathilde Freud
Andrea Magro..............Jean Freud
Aaron Keller..............Oliver Freud
Nadine Salomon..............Maid at Freud's House
Naike Jaszczyk..............Agathe Jung
Sarah Adams..............Gret Jung

Michael Fassbender

Carl Jung

Michael Fassbender grew up in Killarney, Ireland. His early career was marked by television roles including the epic Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks production Band of Brothers. Other television credits include Gunpowder, Treason and Plot and Marc Munden's major four-part serial for Channel 4, The Devil's Whore.

Since then Fassbender has starred in a diverse range of feature films including Zack Snyder's 300, James Watkins' EDEN LAKE, Francois Ozon's ANGEL, Neil Marshall's CENTURION and Jimmy Hayward's JONAH HEX.

His most noted performance to date was his portrayal of Bobby Sands in Steve McQueen's feature film directorial debut HUNGER, which won the Camera d'Or at Cannes and Fassbender the Best Actor Award at the British Independent Film Awards. Fassbender and McQueen continued their working relationship with SHAME, which wrapped in New York in March 2011.

In 2008, Fassbender starred in Andrea Arnold's FISH TANK, which went on to receive The Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, as well as Quentin Tarantino's INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS alongside Brad Pitt, Til Schweiger and Mike Myers.

Fassbender will next be seen in Steven Soderbergh's HAYWIRE, Cary Fukunaga's JANE EYRE playing Mr. Rochester alongside Mia Wasikowska, as the lead in Steve McQueen's SHAME alongside Carey Mulligan, and in Matthew Vaughn's X-MEN: FIRST CLASS as Magneto. Fassbender recently finished shooting on Ridley Scott's PROMETHEUS.

Keira Knightley

Sabina Spielrein

At just 21 years of age, Keira Knightley confirmed her status as a rising star with Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominations for Best Actress for her acclaimed performance as Elizabeth Bennet in Joe Wright's PRIDE & PREJUDICE. She followed this with Golden Globe® and BAFTA nominations for her role in the critically acclaimed ATONEMENT, her second feature for director Joe Wright.

Knightley first made headlines in Gurinder Chadha's hit, BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM, for which she won the London Critics Circle Award for British Newcomer of the Year. She was then selected by director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer to star opposite Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Geoffrey Rush in the 2003 worldwide blockbuster PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: THE CURSE OF THE BLACK PEARL which was followed with the international box office smash hits: PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST and PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: AT WORLD'S END.

Knightley's diverse credits include Tony Scott's action drama DOMINO, Antoine Fuqua and Jerry Bruckheimer's KING ARTHUR, John Maybury's thriller THE JACKET opposite Adrien Brody, and as part of the impressive ensemble cast in Richard Curtis' LOVE ACTUALLY with Hugh Grant, Colin Firth, Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Bill Nighy and Emma Thompson amongst others. Her other feature film credits include STAR WARS: EPISODE I THE PHANTOM MENACE, THE HOLE, PURE, SILK, THE EDGE OF LOVE for John Maybury based on the early life of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas alongside Cillian Murphy, Sienna Miller and Matthew Rhys, and THE DUCHESS with Ralph Fiennes.

She has most recently been seen in Mark Romanek's NEVER LET ME GO alongside Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield, William Monahan's LONDON BOULEVARD with Colin Farrell, Anna Friel and David Thewlis, and Massy Tadjedin's LAST NIGHT with Sam Worthington and Eva Mendes. Knightley will next appear as the lead in ANNA KARENINA for director Joe Wright alongside Aaron Johnson.

Making her professional acting debut at the age of six on British television in Royal Celebration, Knightley's early credits include A Village Affair and Innocent Lies as well as performances in the TV series The Bill and the TV films Treasure Seekers, Coming Home and Walt Disney's Princess of Thieves. Knightley's mini-series credits include Oliver Twist and the adaptation of Boris Pasternak's classic novel Doctor Zhivago.

In 2009 Knightley made her West End stage debut in The Misanthrope at the Comedy Theatre, for which she received Laurence Olivier and Ian Charleson nominations for best supporting actress. She is currently on stage at the Comedy Theatre in Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour.

In addition to her acting roles, Knightley is the face of Coco Mademoiselle for Chanel.

Viggo Mortensen

Sigmund Freud

Viggo Mortensen has consistently earned acclaim for his work in a wide range of films, which recently include The Road, Eastern Promises, Appaloosa, Good, A History of Violence, Alatriste, Hidalgo and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In addition to playing Sigmund Freud in A DANGEROUS METHOD in 2011 Mortensen will also be seen in the Walter Salles adaptation of Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road, playing Bull Lee.

In 2008, Mortensen was honored with Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and BAFTA Award nominations for Best Actor for his performance in Eastern Promises, directed by David Cronenberg. In addition, he won a BAFTA and several critics groups awards for his work in the film. He earlier shared in a SAG Award, a Critics' Choice Award and a National Board of Review Award as a member of the ensemble cast of the Oscar-winning Best Picture The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

Apart from acting in movies, Mortensen is a poet, photographer, and painter. His most recent publication is the book of photographs and poems in Spanish and English, titled Canciones De Invierno / Winter Songs. In 2002, he founded Perceval Press, an independent publishing house specializing in art, poetry, and critical writing.

As a photographer, Mortensen most recently exhibited the photographic series "Sådanset", in Roskilde, Denmark, as well as "Skovbo" in Iceland, at the Reykjavik Museum of Photography. Previously, he showed his work in "The Nature of Landscape and Independent Perception," with George Gudni, at Track 16 Gallery in California. Other exhibitions include "Miyelo" at both the Stephen Cohen Gallery in LA and the Addison Ripley Gallery in Washington D.C. Mortensen has also shown his work at the Robert Mann Gallery in New York, as well as in New Zealand and Cuba, among other places. His books of photography and writing are available from Perceval Press.

Vincent Cassel

Otto Gross

Vincent Cassel is a prolific and prominent actor known for his bold choice of roles and fearless inhabitance of his characters.

Cassel recently starred alongside Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis in Darren Aronofsky's BLACK SWAN, a supernatural thriller centering on a veteran ballerina. The film received 'Best Picture' Golden Globe®, Critic's Choice Award and Independent Spirit Awards nominations as well as 'Best Ensemble Cast' Screen Actors Guild nomination.

Prior to BLACK SWAN, Cassel starred as the lead in Jean-Francois Richet's MESRINE: PUBLIC ENEMY #1 and MESRINE: KILLER INSTINCT. The two-part film tells the true story of Jacques Mesrine, France's most notorious felon during the 1970's. Critically acclaimed worldwide, the film was a hit in France, garnering the country's highest honor in film, ten César Award nominations, winning for Best Actor and Best Director. Cassel went on to receive Best Actor honors at the Lumiere Awards, the Etoile D'Or and the Tokyo International Film Festival for his performance.

In France, Cassel recently co-starred opposite Olivier Bartélémy in Romain Gavras' first feature, OUR DAY WILL COME (aka NOTRE JOUR VIENDRA), which he also produced. The film made its North American premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. Cassel recently completed Dominik Moll's THE MONK, and is currently in development on an untitled romantic comedy set in Brazil. He will write, produce and star in the film, with Kim Chapiron set to direct.

Cassel began his career in France in 1988 with small roles on television and in film. In 1995, he made his mark in Mathieu Kassovitz's critically acclaimed film LA HAINE, playing a troubled youth from the deprived outskirts of Paris. Cassel received his first César Award nominations - for Best Actor and Most Promising Newcomer. Following this breakthrough performance, Cassel has appeared in over twenty-five films in both France and the US. Notable credits in France include Gilles Mimouni's L'APPARTEMENT, Gaspar Noe's IRRÉVERSIBLE, Jan Kounen's DOBERMANN, and Jacques Audiard's SUR MES LÈVRES, for which he received his third César Award nomination.

Cassel has appeared in many English-language films such as James Ivory's JEFFERSON IN PARIS; Shekhar Kapur's ELIZABETH; Luc Besson's THE MESSENGER: THE STORY OF JOAN OF ARC; Mathieu Kassovitz's THE CRIMSON RIVERS; Christophe Gans' THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF; Paul McGuigan's THE RECKONING; Andrew Adamson's SHREK; Jan Kounen's RENEGADE; Mikael Håfström's DERAILED; and David Cronenberg's EASTERN PROMISES. Cassel also co-starred in Stephen Soderbergh's OCEAN'S TWELVE for which he later reprised the role in OCEAN'S THIRTEEN.

Behind the lens, Cassel also heads a production company, 120 Films. Formed in 1997, the banner has developed and produced SHABBAT NIGHT FEVER, IRRÉVERSIBLE, RENEGADE, SECRET AGENTS, SHEITAN, MESRINE: PUBLIC ENEMY NO. 1, and MESRINE: KILLER INSTINCT.

Cassel is the face of Yves Saint Laurent men's fragrance, La Nuit de l'Homme, launched worldwide in March 2009. Cassel and his family split their time between Paris, London, Rome and Rio de Janeiro.

Sarah Gadon

Emma Jung

In 2011, in addition to her role as Emma Jung in A DANGEROUS METHOD, Sarah Gadon will be seen in Jim Sheridan's DREAM HOUSE alongside Daniel Craig and Naomi Watts and in THE MOTH DIARIES with Lily Cole and Sarah Bolger, directed by Mary Harron. She also recently finished shooting on Cronenberg's next film COSMOPOLIS, alongside Robert Pattinson and Paul Giamatti.

In the past few years, Gadon has had two films debut at The Toronto Film Festival, LESLIE MY NAME IS EVIL and SIBLINGS. In 2009 she was the only Canadian to book a Series Regular role on the ABC Series Happy Town, by creators Scott Rosenberg, Andre Nemec and Josh Appelbaum.

Her voice work includes the lead voice in Nelvana's Gemini-nominated Ruby Gloom and Teletoons' Total Drama Island, as well as narration of the CBC film Society's Child. Gadon was nominated for both an ACTRA & Gemini Award for Outstanding Female Performance for a guest starring role on the CBS series Flashpoint. She has been a recurring character in three award-winning Canadian television series: Murdoch Mysteries, The Border and Being Erica.

An accomplished dancer, Gadon spent much of her childhood and adolescence training and performing with time spent as a Junior Associate at the National Ballet School of Canada and as a student at Claude Watson School for the Performing Arts. Gadon remains academically involved as a student at the University of Toronto's Cinema Studies program – building upon her high school achievements as an Ontario Scholar, also honored for her work on behalf of global women's rights.