Jonathan Lloyd Walker in the revival of "The Thing"
One of Canada’s most recognizable actors, Jonathan Lloyd Walker stars in the Universal feature film “The Thing”, a prequel to the iconic 1982 John Carpenter film of the same name. “The Thing” is set in Antarctica, an extraordinary, but isolated, continent of overwhelming beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost, where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when a creature is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. The film is set to be released in theatres on October 14th, 2011.
In the thriller, directed by Matthijs van Heijningen and produced by Strike Entertainment’s Marc Abraham and Eric Newman (Dawn of the Dead), paranoia spreads among a group of researchers as they encounter something inhuman that has the ability to turn itself into an exact replica of any living being. Paleontologist Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has traveled to the desolate region for the expedition of her lifetime. Joining a Norwegian scientific team that has stumbled across a ship buried in the ice, she discovers an organism that seems to have died in the crash eons ago. But it is about to wake up. When a simple experiment frees the thing from its frozen prison, Kate must join the crew’s pilot, Carter (Joel Edgerton), to keep it from killing them off one at a time. And in this vast, intense land, a parasite that can mimic anything it touches will pit human against human as it tries to survive and flourish. Jonathan plays Colin in the film, a quirky and cynical British radio operator at the research station, whose reclusive and paranoid personality sets him at odds with the others once their worst fears are realized.
A versatile and talented character actor, Jonathan is used to working with A list Hollywood talent. Some of his many recent feature film credits include: “Traitor” opposite Guy Pearce and Don Cheadle, and “Transparency” with Lou Diamond Phillips, Estella Warren and Deborah Kara Unger (set to be released in Europe in November). One of Jonathan’s most notable recent films is the Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”) directed “Shooter”, in which he had a starring role opposite Oscar Nominee Mark Wahlberg, Golden Globe Winner Danny Glover and Oscar Nominee Ned Beatty. It was Jonathan's layered and nuanced work in that box office hit that caught the eye of Hollywood heavyweight producer Lorenzo DiBonaventura (“GI:Joe”, “Transformers”, “Salt”) who promptly cast him in the the Golden Globe nominated blockbuster “Red” starring Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren, and John Malkovich. In total the cast boasted 6 Academy Awards and a staggering 12 Golden Globes between them.
Jonathan was born and raised in Henley-on-Thames, England, and now resides in Vancouver. The down to earth thespian admits his goals have shifted since becoming a father and maturing; “I just want to continue to act in good projects with great people and have a long lasting career. I gave up the idea of chasing awards, fame or celebrity a long time ago. There's no shame in being a working character actor instead of a movie star. I've worked with enough of them to know that it comes with its own constraints and the perceived glamour of it is not quite what it's made up to be."