Written for the screen and directed, photographed and edited by Steven Soderbergh, SOLARIS is a new adaptation of the science-fiction novel by Polish writer Stanislaw Lem. The novel was first filmed in 1972 as a Russian production directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.
The film is produced by Lightstorm Entertainment partners James Cameron, Rae Sanchini and Jon Landau, whose film Titanic received a record-tying 11 Academy Awards, including Camerons three Oscars® for Best Picture, Best Direction and Best Editing. The executive producer is Gregory Jacobs, who began his association with Soderbergh in 1992 when he was hired as the first assistant director on King of the Hill. SOLARIS is his ninth film with the director, including the upcoming Full Frontal, which he produced.
Co-producer Michael Polaire, who produced last years Academy Award-nominated Mulholland Drive, first collaborated with Steven Soderbergh on Full Frontal. Charles V. Bender is also a co-producer.
George Clooney, who is making his third appearance in a Soderbergh film (Oceans Eleven Out of Sight) received the 2000 Golden Globe Award as Best Actor in Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy for his role in O Brother, Where Art Thou? His previous feature film credits include starring roles in The Perfect Storm, Three Kings and The Peacemaker. Clooney is familiar to television audiences for his multi-award winning portrayal of Dr. Doug Ross on ER. The live television broadcast of Fail-Safe, which he executive produced and starred in was nominated for a 2000 Golden Globe Award as Best Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television. He recently made his directorial debut on Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, in which he also stars along with Sam Rockwell, Drew Barrymore and Julia Roberts.
Since her first major role Merchant/Ivorys Surviving Picasso, Natascha McElhone has starred in such high-profile films as The Truman Show, opposite Jim Carrey, Ronin opposite Robert DeNiro, and The Devils Own, opposite Brad Pitt and Harrison Ford. Among her upcoming films are Chen Kaiges Killing Me Softly, in which she co-stars with Joseph Fiennes and Heather Graham; City of Ghosts written, directed by and starring Matt Dillon and Fear.com in which she stars with Stephen Dorff and Stephen Rea.
Jeremy Davies made his film debut in David O. Russells Spanking the Monkey, for which he received an Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance. He also received considerable acclaim for his performance in Steven Spielbergs Saving Private Ryan. He recently starred in Roman Coppolas CQ and the Matthew Shepard-inspired HBO film, The Laramie Project. Among his other motion picture credits are The Million Dollar Hotel, Investigating Sex, Up at the Villa and the upcoming Dogville, directed by Lars von Trier in which he stars with Nicole Kidman and Stellan Skarsgard.
Viola Davis also is making her third appearance in a Steven Soderbergh film, following roles in Traffic and Out of Sight. Later this year, she will be seen in Todd Haynes Far From Heaven which Soderbergh and Clooney executive produced. Other screen credits include Kate & Leopold, The Shrink is In, Marvins Room and Denzel Washingtons directorial debut, The Antwone Fisher Story, to be released later this year. An acclaimed stage actress, Davis received the 2001 Tony® Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in August Wilsons King Hedley II.
Ulrich Tukur most recently starred in Costa Gavras Amen, which had its premiere at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival. Taking Sides, in which he starred for director Istvan Szabo, premiered at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival. Since making his motion picture debut in 1982, Tukur has appeared in over two dozen German films. An award-winning Shakespearean actor in his native Germany, he made his professional stage debut in 1984. A noted singer, musician and composer, Tukur has recorded two albums and produced, starred in and wrote the librettos for two musicals.
Steven Soderbergh is the only director to have two films nominated for Best Picture and Best Director in the same year. His Academy Award for Best Director of Traffic marks the first time since the 1928/29 Awards that a director has successfully competed against himself. In addition to his Best Director nomination for Erin Brockovich, Julia Roberts received the Best Actress Academy Award for the title role. The film also received three additional Oscar nominations, for Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay and Best Picture. Last year, Soderbergh directed a retelling of Oceans Eleven, the fabled 1960s film which has grossed over $435,000,000 worldwide.
In August, the directors contemporary comedy Full Frontal, shot during eighteen days using a combination of digital video tape and film, will be released. SOLARIS is Soderberghs thirteenth film.
Since launching his directorial career in 1984 with the sleeper hit, The Terminator, Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Cameron has served as writer, director, producer, and/or editor on such films as Rambo: First Blood Part II, Aliens, The Abyss, Point Break, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, True Lies and Titanic. Titanic, which grossed a record-setting $1.8 billion at the global box office, received 11 Academy Awards, including Camerons three Oscars for Best Picture, Best Direction and Best Editing. His maiden television effort, the one-hour dramatic series Dark Angel, received a number of prestigious nominations and awards. Cameron is currently editing Ghosts of the Abyss, a non-fiction, 3-D large-format film he is producing for Walden Media.
Rae Sanchini began her career at Carolco Pictures, Inc., producer of such films as the Rambo trilogy, Basic Instinct, and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. There she served as Senior Vice President of the film production unit as well as Chief Operating Officer of Carolcos television production and distribution subsidiary. In 1992, she joined Cameron in founding Digital Domain, a digital production and effects studio, and became president of Lightstorm Entertainment. She has since served as producer on all of Lightstorms projects, including True Lies, Titanic and the television series, Dark Angel.
Academy Award-winning producer Jon Landaus early producing credits include Warren Beattys comic book movie classic, Dick Tracy and the whimsical family comedy hit Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Throughout the early 90s, Landau was Executive Vice President of Feature Film Production at Twentieth Century Fox. During his five-and-a-half years in that position, he supervised production on all major motion pictures from the studio including Die Hard 2, Mrs. Doubtfire, True Lies, Last of the Mohicans, Home Alone 1 & 2, Alien 3, and Broken Arrow. He left Fox in 1995 to produce Titanic for which he received the Academy Award for Best Picture. The production team includes two who have collaborated in the past with the director.
Phil Messina was the production designer on Oceans Eleven, Traffic and Erin Brockovich while composer Cliff Martinez is scoring his ninth film for Soderbergh (Traffic, The Limey, Schizopolis, Grays Anatomy, The Underneath, King of the Hill, Kafka sex, lies, and videotape).
Milena Canonero who received Best Costume Academy Awards for her work on Chariots of Fire and Barry Lyndon, as well as five additional Oscar nominations (The Affair of the Necklace, Titus, Dick Tracy, Tucker: the Man and his Dream and Out of Africa), rounds out the team.
Principal photography began May 5th in downtown Los Angeles. Following a week of exterior location filming, the company moved to stages 19 and 20 on the Warner Bros. lot -- the same stages that last year held the sets for Oceans Eleven.