Vincent Cassel is a prolific and prominent actor who’s known for his bold choice of roles and fearless inhabitance of his characters.
He finished the filming of Matteo Garrone, The tale of tales with Salma Hayek, (Gomorra, Reality which both won Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival), Un grand cirque mystique directed by Carlos Diegues and Mon Roi, Maïwenn’s movie (Polisse, Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival) and the movie Un moment d’égarement de Jean-François Richet (Mesrine).
He acted in Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44, an adaptation of the Tom Rob Smith novel as Major Kuzmin, and he played the main character in Ariel Kleiman’s first movie shot in Australia, Partisan.
Cassel has been seen, as the beast, in Christophe Gans’ adaptation of the fairy tale Beauty & The Beast, featuring Lea Seydoux as the beauty.
In 2013, Cassel has been starring in Dominik Moll’s The Monk, an 18th century-set story based on Matthew Lewis’ Gothic novel depicting the rise and tragic downfall of Capucin Ambrosio, a respected Spanish monk. As well, co-starring in Danny Boyle’s much anticipated art heist thriller, Trance, opposite James McAvoy and Rosario Dawson.
In 2010, Cassel was seen in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, which received a Best Picture Academy Award®, 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 in Jean-Francois Richet’s Mesrine: Public Enemy #1 and Mesrine : Killer Instinct. The two-part films tell the true story of Jacques Mesrine, who became France’s most notorious felon throughout the 1970’s. Arch-fiend to some and folk hero to others, Mesrine’s illegal career spanned nearly two decades of brazen bank robberies, prison breaks, and ingenious identity changes. Critically acclaimed worldwide, the film was a commercial success in France, garnering the country’s highest honor in film, ten César Award nominations and winning the awards for Best Actor and Best Director. For his performance, Cassel went on to receive Best Actor honors at the Lumiere Awards, the Etoile D’Or and the Tokyo International Film Festival.
Cassel began his career in France in 1988 starting out with small roles on television and in film. In 1995, he made his mark in Mathieu Kassovitz’s critically acclaimed film La Haine, where he played a troubled youth from the deprived outskirts of Paris. For his performance, Cassel received his first César Award nominations for Best Actor and Most Promising Newcomer.
Following this breakthrough performance, Cassel appeared in over thirty-five films in both France and the United States. Notable film 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 various 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, David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises and A Dangerous Method. 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 #1 and Mesrine: Killer Instinct, and Our day will come.
Cassel split his time between Paris and Rio de Janeiro.
films / theatre
L’Empereur de Paris (2017 – Jean François Richet), Le Monde est à Toi (2017 – Romain Gavras), Underwater (2017 – William Eubank), Gauguin (2016 – Edouard Deluc), Fleuve Noir (2016 – Eric Zonca), Juste la fin du Monde (2016 – Xavier Dolan), Jason Bourne (2016 – Paul Greengrass), Mon Roi (2015 – Maiwenn), Le Petit Prince (D) (2015 – Mark Osborne), Un Moment d’Égarement (2015 – Jean-François Richet), Tale of Tales (2015 – Matteo Garronne), Circus (2015 – Carlos Diegues), Partisan (2014 – Ariel Kleiman), Child 44 ( 2014 – Daniel Espinosa), La Belle et la Bête (2014 – Christophe Gans), Trance (2013 – Danny Boyle), A Dangerous Method (2012 – David Cronenberg), Le Moine (2012 – Dominik Moll), Black Swan (2011 – Darren Aronofsky), Notre Jour Viendra (2010 – Romain Gavras), A Deriva (2010 – Heitor Dhalia), L’Instinct de Mort (2009 – Jean-François Richet), L’Ennemi Public n°1 (2008 – Jean-François Richet), Les Promesses de L’Ombre (2007 – David Cronenberg), Ocean Thirteen (2007 – Steven Soderbergh), Sheitan (2005 – Kim Shapiron), Ocean Twelve (2004 -Steven Soderbergh), Agents Secrets (2004 – Frederic Schoendoerffer), Blueberry (2002 – Jan Kounen), Irréversible (2002 – Gaspard Noé), Sur Mes Lèvres (2001 – Jacques Audiard), Le Pacte des Loups (2001 – Christophe Gans), Les Rivières Pourpres (2000 – Mathieu Kassowitz), Jeanne d’Arc (1999 – Luc Besson), Elizabeth (1998 – Shekhar Kappur), Le Plaisir et ses Petits Tracas (1997 – Nicolas Boukhrief), Dobermann (1997 – Jan Kounen), Embrasse Moi Pasqualino (1997 – Carmine Amoroso), L’Élevé (1996 – Olivier Schatsky), L’Appartement (1996 – Gilles Mimouni), La Haine (1995 – Mathieu Kassovitz), Jefferson à Paris (1994 – James Ivory), Métisse (1992 – Mathieu Kassovitz) …
Le 18 Juillet 2018 dans « Fleuve Noir » réalisé par Erick Zonca
Le 15 Aout 2018 dans « Le Monde est à Toi » réalisé par Romain Gavras
Le 22 Aout dans « Le Grand Cirque Mystique » réalisé par Carlos Diegues
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