The Peabody and Imagen award-winning series The Bridge is a crime thriller starring Diane Kruger, Demian Bichir, Annabeth Gish, Thomas M. Wright, Matthew Lillard, Emily Rios, Ted Levine and Franka Potente. When the body of a cartel member is found on U.S. soil, Sonya Cross (Kruger) from El Paso PD and her Mexican counterpart, Marco Ruiz (Bichir), must work together to solve the case. Marco, still reeling from the death of his son, continues to deal with corrupt cops and the demands of the cartel. Sonya meets an unexpected man with connections to her past who threatens to come between her and her boss, Lieutenant Hank Wade (Ted Levine). The case quickly pulls them all into a complex web of money laundering, police corruption, and the Juarez Drug War which infiltrates the suburban streets of El Paso.
El Paso Times reporters Daniel Frye (Matthew Lillard) and Adriana Mendez (Emily Rios) continue to follow the Millie Quintana Money House, a path that will eventually cross that of Marco and Sonya. Charlotte Millwright (Annabeth Gish) will have to make the impossible choice between the two worlds that have a grasp on her: the US government and the Mexican cartel. Meanwhile, Steven Linder (Thomas M. Wright) tries to do right by his Mexican Immigrant love and ends up seeking justice the only way he knows how
For Your Consideration:
21st Annual SAG Awards
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series:
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series:
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2015 WGA Awards
Drama Series – The Bridge
Episodic Drama – “Yankee” written by Elwood Reid
Diane Kruger was recently seen starring opposite Jason Clarke in the Terrence Malick-produced film The Better Angels, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival earlier this year.The film focuses on Abraham Lincoln’s youth in the vast wilderness of Indiana and the hardships that shaped him, the tragedy that marked him forever and the two women who guided him to immortality. It will be released late 2014 by Amplify.
She recently wrapped production on Fathers and Daughters opposite Russell Crowe, Aaron Paul and Amanda Seyfried, which portrays a story about a Pulitzer-winning writer (Crowe) grappling with being a widower and father after a mental breakdown, while, 27 years later, his grown daughter (Seyfried) struggles to forge connections of her own.
In 2011, Kruger starred in Quentin Tarantino's critically acclaimed hit Inglourious Basterds, opposite Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz and Mike Myers. The film premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2009, then reached number one at the box office, grossing over $300 million worldwide. For her performance, Kruger earned a Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role, and won the SAG Award®as part of the ensemble cast. Kruger also starred as Marie Antoinette in Benoît Jacquot’s filmFarewell, My Queen, which opened the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival to rave reviews.
Born in Germany, Kruger was first launched to international fame as the infamous Helen in Wolfgang Petersen’s Troy, opposite Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom. That same year, she starred with Josh Hartnett in Paul McGuigan’s Wicker Park. She has since starred in both the U.S. and in Europe in such films as the Oscar®-nominated French film Joyeux Noel;Copying Beethoven, with Ed Harris; Goodbye Bafana, Bille August’s ode to Nelson Mandela, also starring Joseph Fiennes; and Anything for Her (Pour elle), from director Fred Cavayé.
Kruger’s recent credits include starring in The Seekerin the Sci-Fi thriller The Host, alongside Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and William Hurt. The film is based on the best-selling series by Twilight Saga author, Stephenie Meyer. Another is a dual role in Mr. Nobody, with Jared Leto, Sarah Polley and Rhys Ifans, and Baltasar Kormakur’s harrowing indie feature about organ trafficking, Inhale, also starring Sam Shepherd, Dermot Mulroney and Patricia Arquette. Kruger also recently starred opposite Djimon Hounsou in the French-filmed action adventure Special Forces, from director Stephane Rybojad and the high grossing Jerry Bruckheimer National Treasure films opposite Nicolas Cage.
Kruger is a strong supporter of amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research), UNICEF and Stand Up To Cancer. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
Demian Bichir is one of the most well-known and well-respected actors in his home of Mexico and the U.S. He received a 2012 Academy Award®, SAG Award® and Independent Spirit Award nomination for his portrayal of an undocumented gardener trying to connect with his estranged teenage son in Chris Weitz’s featureA Better Life. He is the first Mexican born actor to be nominated for the Best Actor award by the Academy since Anthony Quinn was nominated for the filmWild Is The Wind in 1957.
In the United States, Bichir currently stars in the critically acclaimed television series,The Bridgefor FX opposite Diane Krueger. Bichir is beloved for his portrayal of “Esteban Reyes” opposite Mary-Louise Parker in the hit Showtime seriesWeeds.
He just wrapped shooting his directorial debut of the film he wrote entitledRefugio, a coming of age story of a young dreamer, born in the circus, who embarks on a search to find his long lost true love. The film is currently in post-production.
His outstanding U.S. film credits include: portraying Fidel Castro in Steven Soderbergh'sChe, opposite Benicio Del Toro, starring in Oliver Stone’sSavages, opposite Benicio Del Toro and Salma Hayek, Ian Power’sThe Runway, Paul Fieg’s hit summer comedyThe Heatopposite Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy,Machete Killsopposite Danny Trejo, Mel Gibson, Carlos Estevez and others andDom Hemingwayopposite Jude Law and Richard E. Grant.
In Mexico, Bichir is an Ariel Award winner for Best Actor, given by the Mexican Academy of Cinematography, and has received numerous other nominations and prestigious honors including a Medal of Honor for Merit in the Fine Arts, given by the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City.
Bichir comes from a well-known and highly respected theatrical family. He is the son of famed theater director Alejandro Bichir and acclaimed actress Maricruz Nájera. His brothers Odiseo and Bruno are also two of the most talented actors of their generation. Bichir has amassed an impressive resume of theater credits in Mexico including the starring role in the theater adaptation of the filmSwimming with Sharksin Mexico City, directed by his brother Bruno Bichir. Bichir’s work in theater includes Shakespeare’sA Midsummer Night’s DreamandRichard the III, Strindberg’sThe Ghost Sonata, Peter Shaffer’sEquus, Eugene O’Neill’sAh! Wilderness, Neil Simon’sBroadway BoundandThe Odd Couple, David Halliwell’sLittle MalcolmandHis Struggle Against the Eunuchsand Sabina Berman’sExtras.
Bichir also impressed U.S. audiences in 2008, starring in the playBy the Waters of Babylonopened at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
Bichir is also starring in Guillermo Arriaga’s upcoming collaboration of short films titledWords with Gods. His most memorable Latin American credits includeRojo Amanecer(winner of the Grand Jury Prize in the San Sebastian Film Festival), Alex de la Iglesia’sPerdita Durangowith Javier Bardem,Hasta Morir(Best Actor Ariel winner, the Mexican Academy of Cinematography),Sin Noticias de Dioswith Victoria Abril and Penélope Cruz, the Showtime feature filmIn the Time of the Butterfliesin which he starred opposite Salma Hayek,Sex, Shame and Tears(Ariel Best Actor nominee),American Visa(Best Foreign Film nominee at the Goyas in Spain),Fuera del Cielo,Enemigos IntimosandHidalgo, The Untold Story(Ariel Award nominee and winner of the Best Actor award at the Huelva Film Festival in Spain). He recently stared in the filmDeath in Buenos Aires.
The ACLU recently appointed him to the position of Ambassador for Immigrants’ Rights.
Bichir resides in Los Angeles and Mexico City.
Lt. Hank Wade
Ted Levine currently Levine stars as “Lt. Frank Wade,” a lieutenant at the El Paso Police Department who is veteran cop with a cowboy swagger and is both a mentor and protector to Kruger’s character. Prior to The Bridge, Levine starred opposite Tony Shalhoub in the USA Network original series Monk. Levine portrayed “Captain Leland Stottlemeyer” for eight critically acclaimed seasons which continue on in syndication. Levine has just completed principle photography on the feature film Big Game, directed by Jalmari Helander, about a teenager camping in the woods who helps rescue the President of the United States when Air Force One is shot down near his campsite. He stars as “General Underwood” alongside a cast that includes Jim Broadbent, Samuel L. Jackson, and Felicity Huffman.
Levine can currently be seen in the independent filmThe Banshee Chapterfor director Blair Erickson and Zachary Quinto's production banner, Before the Door Pictures. Other upcoming and recently released films includeLittle Boyopposite Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson,A Single Shotwith Sam Rockwell, Jeffrey Wright and Melissa Leo (official selection at 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival),Gutshot Straightopposite Stephen Lang,Deep Dark Canyonwith Justine Bateman and Matthew Lillard, and the independent featuresDig Two Graveswith newcomer Sami Isler, andThe Girl in the Lakewith Maggie Elizabeth Jones.
Levine’s extensive film credits include starring opposite Brad Pitt in the Warner Bros. feature,The Assassination of Jesse James, Universal’sAmerican Gangsterfor director Ridley Scott, in which he stars opposite Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington andShutter Islandwith Leonardo DiCaprio for director Martin Scorsese. Additionally he has starred inWonderlandwith Val Kilmer and Kate Bosworth,Ironweedwith Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep,Betrayedwith Debra Winger and Tom Berenger,Heatwith Al Pacino and Robert De Niro,Georgiawith Jennifer Jason Leigh and Mare Winningham,Bulletwith Mickey Rourke,Wild, Wild Westwith Will Smith and Kevin Kline; Ivan Reitman’sEvolutionwith David Duchovny and Julianne Moore,The Fast and the Furiouswith Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez, Jonathan Demme’s thrillerThe Truth About Charliewith Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton, Jonathan Demme’sThe Manchurian Candidatewith Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep,Birthopposite Nicole Kidman, the critically acclaimedMemoirs of a Geisha, Wes Craven’sThe Hills Have Eyesand one of his most intriguing roles, as the serial killer “Jame Gumb” in the classic thrillerThe Silence of the Lambs.
Recent television appearances include a recurring role on David Milch and Michael Mann’s HBO series Luckwith Dustin Hoffman, and a memorable guest starring role in the first episode of AMC’s series Hell on Wheels. Other television credits includeHarlan County War, the USA Network miniseriesMoby Dick, Tom Hanks’From The Earth to the Moonfor HBO,The Last Outlaw,Broken Promises,Death Train,Dead and Alive,Out of Season,The Fulfillment of Mary Gray, andTwo Father’s Justice. Prior to joining the cast ofMonk, Levine starred in the critically acclaimed ABC television seriesWonderland, and earlier appeared in Michael Mann’s NBC series,Crime Story.
Levine left Marlboro College in Vermont to pursue the stage, joining the Burlington (VT) Shakespeare Festival. He later toured as “Sgt. Toomey” in the national company of Biloxi Blues. Dedication to theatre led Levine to turn to directing as well as acting and he established the Dratman Theatre Company in Ann Arbor, Michigan, before moving to Chicago to join first The Remains Ensemble and later the famed Steppenwolf Theatre Company. His numerous stage credits include Sam Shepard’sBuried Childdirected by Gary Sinise,Your Home in the West,El SalvadorandKillers, at the Steppenwolf Theatre Co.;Life and Limb, for the Wisdon Bridge Theatre; and70 Scenes of Halloween,Time of Your Life,A Class D Trial in YokohamaandThe Tooth of the Game, for the Remains Theatre.
Thomas M. Wright has forged a unique path as an artist, through his work as a director and writer in contemporary and mainstage theatre and as a film actor.
In the last 12 months, the Australian born Wright has gained international recognition for his work - including a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for his leading role opposite Elisabeth Moss in Jane Campion’s seriesTop of the Lakefor Sundance Channel/BBC.
American audiences may know him, however, as the cotton-mouthed “Steven Linder” on the 2014 Peabody Award-Winning FX seriesThe Bridge, featuring Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir, which is currently filming its second season.
Wright has recently completed filming alongside Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin and John Hawkes in Baltasar Kormakur’sEverestfor Working Title/Universal, a film about the “Into Thin Air” climbing disaster, which is set to be released in 2015.
His other film work includes the critically acclaimed independent filmVan Diemen’s Landand portraying murdered journalist Brian Peters in Robert Connolly's award-winningBalibowhich premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.
Wright has strong foundations in theatre. In 2006 he founded The Black Lung Theatre and Whaling Firm - an independent company credited, in part, for bringing about a theatre renaissance in Australia - and under that banner has written, produced and directed numerous award winning productions.
He has played lead roles with Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company and Malthouse Theatre and directed productions for a number of the Australian mainstage companies including Belvoir St. Theatre. In 2011 he portrayed the title role for the Malthouse Theatre/Sydney Theatre Company production ofBaal, commissioned by artistic directors Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton, which garnered critical attention.
In 2012/2013, he produced and directedDoku Rai(you, dead man, I don't believe you), a production created over four months on an island off the coast of East Timor with local companies Liurai Foer (King Bin) and Galaxie. The production has been presented at numerous prestigious festivals. Publicly and critically acclaimed,Doku Raiwas nominated for Production of the Year and named one of the Best Productions of 2012/2013 by numerous bodies.
Matthew Lillard attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena, California. Upon graduation, he established the Mean Street Ensemble before moving to New York to continue his education at Circle in the Square. Known to audiences for the infectious energy he brings to the characters he plays in movies, television, and theater, Lillard’s career took off when he starred in the international hit thriller,Scream, playing ruthless killer “Stuart Macher.” He received rave reviews for his portrayal of the title role in the Sundance premiere of cult favorite,SLC Punk. Lillard went on to another, totally different iconic role as beloved “Shaggy” in the hugely popular Warner Bros franchiseScooby Doo 1 and 2. He showed range by starring in Kenneth Branagh’s musical version of Shakespeare’sLove’s Labour’s Lost, in Paul McGuigan’s thrillerWicker Park, in the Ed Burns dramedyThe Groomsman, and in the Paramount hit comedyWithout a Paddle.
On television, he did a star turn opposite legend Carol Burnett on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU, a guest role on Fox’s House, played Jay Mohr’s brother on the CBS comedy Gary Unmarried, the lead in the ABC pilot Married Not Dead opposite Jonathan Silverman, starred opposite John Stamos in the NBC pilot I am Victor, and currently stars as “Daniel Frye” on the FX series The Bridge opposite Demian Bichir and Diane Kruger.
Lillard starred in and co-produced the festival hit Spooner directed by Drake Doremus, appeared opposite George Clooney in the Fox Searchlight feature The Descendants directed by Alexander Payne, and opposite Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams in the Warner Bros feature Trouble with the Curve. His directorial debutFat Kid Rules the World, starring Billy Campbell (The Killing) and Jacob Wysocki (Terri), and featuring original music by Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, won the Audience Award at South by Southwest and was released in 2012 to excellent reviews. He will next be seen starring opposite Carla Gugino and Sir Patrick Stewart in Stephen Belber’s filmMatch, which is premiering at Tribeca in April 2014.
Hailed by critics as charismatic and exhilarating, Franka Potente consistently captivates audiences with her diverse and engaging performances.
Born in Germany, Potente made her award-winning film debut inNach Funf Im Urwald, which she soon followed up with her breakthrough performance as the heroine in Tom Tykwer’s cult classic,Run Lola Run.
After starring in several successful movies in her native country, Potente was cast as Matt Damon’s love interest in The Bourne Identity andThe Bourne Supremacy. She also played opposite Johnny Depp inBlow. Her television credits include guest-starring roles onHouse, The ShieldandAmerican Horror Storyamong others. Additionally, she appeared as “Eva Heissen” onCopperfor two seasons and also recently completed work as “Leslee” on the pilotBlancofor Cinemax.
Potente is also a gifted writer with two collections of short stories published in her native Germany. Potente originally attended the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule, a drama school in Munich, but soon transferred to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York.
Emily Rios can currently be seen starring in the FX Network seriesThe Bridge- a suspenseful drama about a pair of detectives (Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir) from the U.S. and Mexico who work together to track down a serial killer operating on both sides of the border. Rios stars as “Adriana Mendez,” a diligent reporter who works at the El Paso Times, assigned to cover the story. Production on the show’s second season began in early 2014.
Rios made her impressive acting debut as the lead in the critically acclaimed filmQuinceanera, which went on to win the Audience Award and Grad Jury Prize at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. Her performance earned her best actress nominations for both the Alma and Imagen Awards. Since then, she has gone on to build a resume comprised of numerous critically acclaimed productions and memorable characters, culminating in the recent recognition and induction byThe Hollywood Reporterinto their “Young Hispanic Hollywood Class of 2013.”
Emily is perhaps best known for her portrayal of “Andrea Cantillo,” on AMC’s much celebrated series, Breaking Bad. Her character’s relationship with Jesse (played by Aaron Paul) developed over three seasons, climaxing in her tragic and pivotal death during the show’s final season. Audiences will also remember her recurring as Benjamin Bratt’s daughter on ABC’sPrivate Practice, and opposite Ray Romano on the TNT series,Men of a Certain Age. Other notable television credits include a recurring arc on the final season of the much loved NBC seriesFriday Night Lights, and recent guest starring appearances on NBC’s Grimm and the new FOX series,Almost Human. Rios has also guest starred on shows such asHouse,The Closer,Prime SuspectandER.
Emily’s feature film credits include, starring opposite Helen Mirren and Joe Pesci in the Taylor Hackford directed film,Love Ranch,as well asThe Winning Seasonwith Emma Roberts and Sam Rockwell. Additionally, she starred inPete Smalls is Deadwith Tim Roth, and Steve Buscemi,TheBlue Hourstarring opposite Alyssa Milano,Vicious Circlewhich won the Best Picture Award at the 2008 New York International Latino Film Festival, andDown For Life, a film based on a New York Times article portraying a day in the life of a 15-year-old Latina gang leader. The film, which premiered at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival, also stars Danny Glover and Laz Alonso.
Emily currently resides in Los Angeles.