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Synopsis

KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM follows three best friends (Peter Dinklage, Steve Zahn and Ryan Kwanten) and dedicated LARPers (Live Action Role Players) as they take to the woods to reenact a dungeons and dragons-like scenario fresh out of the mythical Middle Ages. Trouble arises after they unwittingly conjure up some serious evil in the form of a blood-lusting Succubus, from the pits of hell.

Fantasy and reality collide on the Fields of Evermore in an all-out epic battle of make-believe wizards, demons and assorted mythical creatures. Their courage and friendship is put to the test as they attempt to vanquish the evil they have summoned. Will the group prove to simply be foam sword-wielding LARPers, or true “Knights of Badassdom?”

Nurturing an impressive body of work that encompasses film and television, Ryan Kwanten has positioned himself as one of Hollywood’s most promising talents as his career continues to evolve with exciting and challenging projects.

Ryan can be seen starring alongside Academy Award winner Anna Paquin in the highly rated HBO series “True Blood,” from creator Alan Ball (Six Feet Under). The show is currently filming its fifth season. Based on the book series “Southern Vampire” by Charlaine Harris, the show follows the world of vampires, who are able to co-exist with humans by drinking a Japanese-manufactured synthetic blood. As one major newspaper puts it “Ryan Kwanten deserves a big shout out. Kwanten has been like a live electric wire on the show. He’s awesome, and he makes Jason’s dull thinking process crystal clear.” The show has received many accolades including an Emmy Nomination for Best Drama Series a Golden Globe nomination for Best Television Series – Drama and a People’s Choice nominations for Best TV Show and TV Obsession. Last year, Ryan received a Teen Choice nomination for Choice TV Male: Drama. Ryan’s additional television credits include the role of Jay Robertson in the critically acclaimed Warner Bros. series “Summerland,” which ran for two seasons. He was also a lead in the ESPN original movie “The Junction Boys.”

Segueing effortlessly between the big and small screen, Ryan can next be seeing starring in the film “The Right Kind of Wrong” about a man who falls in love with a bride on her wedding day and continues to pursue her even after she is married. Ryan recently starred in “Not Suitable for Children.” The film is based on a freewheeling guy at the peak of his life who finds out he will become infertile in a month, which sparks a race against the clock to find a suitor He also stars in the thriller “7500.” a film based on a transpacific airliner where a group of passengers encounter asupernatural force and the indie “Knights of Badassdom” about a group of live-action role players who conjure up a demon from hell by mistake and must deal with the consequences. Both films will be released in early 2013.

Ryan lent his voice to Zach Snyder’s, “The Legend of the Guardians”, which is based on the popular children’s books series. Warner Brothers released the film in September 2010. In November 2010, Sony Classics released “Red Hill,” a modern day revenge Western in which Ryan plays a young police officer who must survive his first day’s duty in a small country town. The film debuted at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival to rave reviews and since then has been bought by Paramount Pictures. Additionally, “Griff the Invisible,” debuted at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival. The film tells a thrilling love story set in a world half real and half imagined. It is about finding happiness and finding the person who will let you be who you want to be. Ryan plays Griff, a secret agent and part-time super hero. His other feature film credits include “Don’t Fade Away,” “Flicka”, a Twentieth Century Fox film in which he starred opposite Tim McGraw, Maria Bello and Alison Lohman, the title role in “American Brown,” which received the Audience Award for Best Film at the Montreal Film Festival, “Liquid Bridge,” nominated for Best Picture at the Australian Film Festival and the newly released “Dead Silence” directed by James Wan (writer/director of Saw). A native of Australia, Ryan began his acting career while attending Sydney University, where he earned a degree in business. He starred in numerous feature films and television shows and gained international notoriety when he joined the cast of the long-running popular Australian series “Home and Away.”

A published writer, Ryan is currently working on a new book. An accomplished athlete, Ryan qualified for the world Biathlon in Sweden in 2006 and Italy 2007 after winning the LA Biathlon series two years running. He is a qualified yoga instructor and spends his free time bike riding, surfing and has a passion for completing triathlons.

Ryan currently resides in Los Angeles.

A versatile actor with extensive credits, Steve Zahn has received critical praise for his work on both stage and screen. His starring role in Werner Herzog’s “Rescue Dawn” opposite Christian Bale prompted the New York Times to call him a “revelation” and resulted in an Independent Spirit Award nomination for “Best Supporting Actor.” Zahn’s film work includes staring alongside Jennifer Aniston in MGM’s “Management”; “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” with Rachel Harris; “A Perfect Getaway” with Timothy Olyphant, & Milla Jovovich; “The Great Buck Howard” alongside Tom Hanks and John Malkovich; “Night Train” alongside Danny Glover. He will next be seen in “Dallas Buyers Club” with Matthew McConaughey and will be starring in the ABC drama “Mind Games” with Christian Slater. His other television credits include four seasons on the hit HBO series “Treme” from David Simon, “Comanche Moon” alongside Val Kilmer and Rachel Griffiths, and USA’s “Monk” as Tony Shaloub’s half brother.

Further film credits include “Strange Wilderness”, “Sahara”, “Chicken Little” (as the voice of ‘Runt’), “Bandidas”, “Suburbia” (reprising the role he created in the off-Broadway production), “Shattered Glass”, “Daddy Daycare”, “National Security”, “Hamlet”, “Joy Ride”, “Saving Silverman”, “Safe Men”, “You’ve Got Mail”, “The Object of My Affection”, “Speak” with Kristin Stewart, the voices of ‘Archie the Bear’ in “Dr. Doolittle 2” and ‘Monty the Cat’ in Stuart Little and Stuart Little 2. Zahn has received critical acclaim for his scene stealing work as ‘Glen Michaels’ in “Out of Sight” for director Stephen Soderbergh and for his heartbreaking turn as a drug addicted father for director Penny Marshall in “Riding in Cars with Boys.” His standout performance in Miramax Films’ “Happy, Texas” garnered him numerous accolades, including a Grand Jury Special Actor Award at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, and an Independent Spirit Award for “Best Actor.”

A native of Marshall, Minnesota, Zahn was first introduced to improvisational theater in high school. After completing his freshman year at Gustavus-Adolphus College in Minnesota, he crashed the audition of a local production of “Biloxi Blues”, winning the lead role in the play. Following his debut, he trained for two years at the prestigious American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., before moving to New York and being cast in Tommy Tune’s National Tour of “Bye, Bye, Birdie”.

Following “Birdie,” Zahn originated the role of Buff in Eric Bogosian’s “Suburbia” at Lincoln Center, then was cast opposite Ethan Hawke in “Sophistry” at the renowned Playwright’s Horizon. There he caught the eye of director Ben Stiller, who cast him in what would be Zahn’s feature film debut, “Reality Bites.” His breakthrough performance was for director Tom Hanks’ directorial debut, “That Thing You Do!” as ‘Lenny.’

Summer Glau was born in San Antonio, Texas, where she was raised by her contractor father and schoolteacher mother. Throughout her teenage years, Glau trained and performed as a dancer until a serious injury forced her to take time to heal. During this time, she discovered a love for acting and made the decision to move to LA to begin working steadily as an actor and dancer.

Glau’s first television credit was a guest role as a ballerina on the television series “Angel”, produced by Joss Whedon. Whedon was so impressed with the young actress’ debut performance that he later cast her in the lead role of Riverin his new series “Firefly” and subsequently in the Universal feature film “Serenity”. Glau’s career has takenoff since “Firefly”, working on various television series including “The 4400″ and “The Unit”, before her breakout role in “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles”. She has also recurred on “The Cape”, “Greys Anatomy” and “Alphas”. In addition to her television accomplishments, Glau can also be seen starring in the films “Mammoth” and “The Inititiation of Sarah”.

Glau’s recent feats include roles on “Hawaii Five-0″, comedic turns on “Chuck” and “The Big Bang Theory”, the upcoming feature film, “Knights of Badassdom”, starring Ryan Kwanten and Peter Dinklage, and a heavily featured guest starring role on The CW’s hit series “ARROW”.

With his supporting role in Tom DeCillo’s “Living In Oblivion”, actor Peter Dinklage delivered an open rant to an entire generation of would-be filmmakers, refusing to be used as a gag or a prop – while honoring his craft with an unforgettable fierceness and dignity. Peter got his shot at redefining the concept of a leading man with his starring role in the Sundance Audience Award winner “The Station Agent”, which drew standing ovations at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and was immediately bought and released by Miramax.

After the Dramatic Audience Award, Peter went on to receive the SAG Award Nominee for Best Actor 2004, the Independent Spirit Award Nominee for Best Actor 2004 and was also named one of the top 5 “Breakout Stars” of the year by Entertainment Weekly and prominently featured in People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” issue. He has been extremely busy ever since.

Feature credits include appearing opposite Will Ferrell in Jon Favreau’s “Elf”; Michel Gondry’s “Human Nature” written by Charlie Kaufman; “Penelope” co-starring Reese Witherspoon and Christina Ricci; the co-lead in the “Chronicles of Narnia” franchise; “St. John of Las Vegas” with Steve Buscemi and Sarah Silverman; “Pete Smalls is Dead” with Buscemi and Tim Roth (Dinklage also produced); and Sony’s comedy “Death at a Funeral” opposite Chris Rock and Martin Lawrence. Peter will next be seen in “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn” opposite Robin Williams and Mila Kunis and Fox’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past”.

Getting back to his theatre roots, Peter starred in a Lincoln Center production on the life of painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec for director Martha Clark; the title role in The Public Theatre’s critically acclaimed “Richard III”; Charlie Kaufman’s “Theatre of the New Ear” co-starring Meryl Streep and Hope Davis; and “Knickerbocker at Williamstown”.

Rounding out the triple threat, Peter’s television credits include many TV series working with HBO, CBS, ABC, and producers like David Heyman, David Goyer and David Benioff. Peter’s recurred on the hit show “Nip/Tuck” for F/X and did a guest spot written for him opposite Tina Fey on “30 Rock”. Peter is currently starring in HBO’s smash hit event series “A Game of Thrones” (which he won the Best Supporting Actor Emmy AND Golden Globe).

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