Sean Penn - Cheyenne
Two-time Academy Award® winner Sean Penn has become an American film icon in a career spanning nearly three decades. Penn has been nominated five times for the Academy Award®, winning his first Oscar® in 2003 for his searing performance in Clint Eastwood's Mystic River and his second in 2009 for Gus Van Sant's Milk. Penn also starred opposite Brad Pitt in Cannes 2011 winner The Tree of Life directed by Terrence Malick's.
Penn's feature film directorial debut came with 1991's The Indian Runner, which he also wrote and produced. In 2003 Penn wrote and directed the US contribution to the compilation film 11'09'01.
As a journalist, Penn has written for Time, Interview, Rolling Stone and The Nation magazines. His landmark interviews with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, and Cuba's President Raul Castro, were published in The Nation and The Huffington Post. Penn's interview with President Castro was his first ever interview with an international journalist.
Humanitarian work has found him in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and more recently in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. In January 2010, Penn founded the J/P Haitian Relief Organization which focuses on medical aid, protection, and re-location. He recently received the 2010 Hollywood Humanitarian Award from the Hollywood Film Festival and the 2011 Stanley Kramer Award from the Producers Guild of America.
Frances McDormand – Jane
Films include Burn After Reading, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Wes Anderson's Moonlight Kingdom.
She is the recipient of four Academy Award® nominations: for Mississippi Burning, Almost Famous, North Country and Fargo, for which she received the Best Actress award for her performance as ‘Marge Gunderson’.
On stage, she has starred on Broadway in David Lindsay-Abaire's Good People directed by Daniel Sullivan. Other appearances include her Tony-nominated performance as ‘Stella’ in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Judd Hirsch – Mordecai Midler
Bronx-born actor Judd Hirsch attended CCNY, where he majored in engineering and physics. A blossoming fascination with the theatre convinced Hirsch that his future lay in acting. From 1978 to 1982, he was seen as Alex Reiger in the popular ensemble comedy Taxi, earning two Emmies in the process. While occupied with Taxi, Hirsch found time to act off-Broadway, winning an Obie award for the 1979 production Talley's Folly. Post Taxi he played the lead in numerous TV series including Detective in the House (1985), and Dear John for which he won a Golden Globe as ‘John Lacey.’
Judd was nominated for an Oscar® for his iconic performance as Tim Hutton's psychiatrist in the Academy Award® nominated feature Ordinary People. He played Russell Crowe's mathematics mentor in A Beautiful Mind and Jeff Goldblum's father in the blockbuster Independence Day.
Eve Hewson - Mary
Born in Dublin, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE marks her second feature film. In 2010, Hewson starred as Della in For the First Time, a 16 minute short about an Irish couple trying to make it in New York City.
Harry Dean Stanton – Robert Plath
Harry Dean Stanton is a prolific and legendary actor who has appeared in scores of classic films from the 1950’s to the present day. After honing his craft at the prestigious Pasadena Playhouse, his first on screen role was in Tomahawk Trail in 1957. Classic films he has appeared in include Kelly’s Heroes, John Milius’s Dillinger, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather: Part II, Alien for Ridley Scott, John Carpenter’s Escape from New York, Texas, John Hughes’ Pretty in Pink and three films for David Lynch. More recent memorable performances have included Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas for Terry Gilliam, The Green Mile for Frank Darabont, Sean Penn’s The Pledge and The Wendell Baker Story, directed by Andrew and Luke Wilson.
In addition to acting, Harry Dean is a musician in the eclectic Harry Dean Stanton Band.