Piercing Cast & Crew

Christopher Abbott as Reed

Christopher Abbott

Acclaimed stage, screen and television actor Christopher Abbott is now set to star opposite George Clooney in the Hulu/Paramount TV/Anonymous Content limited series “Catch-22,” based on the acclaimed 1961 Joseph Heller novel set during World War II. In October this year, he’ll be seen starring opposite Ryan Gosling in Academy Award-winning director Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic FIRST MAN for Universal Pictures. In 2015, Abbott was named by Variety as one of the 10 Actors to Watch following his portrayal of the title role in Josh Mond’s award-winning film, JAMES WHITE, which was released by The Film Arcade. His performance garnered him Best Actor nominations from both the Independent Spirit and Gotham Awards.

Other film work includes Trey Shults’s IT COMES AT NIGHT with Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo and Riley Keough, JC Chandor’s A MOST VIOLENT YEAR with Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT with Tina Fey and Margot Robbie, KATIE SAYS GOODBYE, and Mona Fastvold’s THE SLEEPWALKER. His lead role in Oscilloscope’s HELLO I MUST BE GOING earned him The Sundance Film Festival’s “Fresh Face In Film” recognition. Christopher first burst onto the screen opposite Elizabeth Olsen in Sean Durkin’s MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE for which he was nominated for a Gotham Award in the Best Ensemble category. Christopher also stars opposite Jon Bernthal, Imogen Poots and Rosemarie DeWitt in Jamie Dagg’s SWEET VIRGINIA. In addition to FIRST MAN, Christopher also has PIERCING and Sebastian Silva’s TYREL due for 2018 releases. Both films just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

On stage, the Connecticut native made his Broadway debut in John Guare’s THE HOUSE OF BLUE LEAVES. Other theatrical work includes THE ROSE TATTOO with Marisa Tomei at The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Lucy Thurber’s WHERE WE’RE BORN at The Rattlestick Theatre, Annie Baker’s JOHN at The Signature Theatre and Sam Shepard’s FOOL FOR LOVE at The Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Mia Wasikowska as Jackie

Mia Wasikowska

In a short amount of time, Mia Wasikowska has established herself as a rising star of the big screen. A trained ballerina turned actress, Wasikowska has been challenging herself as a performer since the age of nine.

Wasikowska gained international recognition as the title character in Tim Burton’s 2010 retelling of the Lewis Carrol novel, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, starring Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Michael Sheen, Helena Bonham Carter, and Alan Rickman, as well as in James Bobin’s 2015 sequel, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS.

Wasikowska starred in David and Nathan Zellner’s DAMSEL, opposite Robert Pattinson. DAMSEL is a Western satirical comedy which follows an affluent pioneer (Pattinson) who ventures across the American frontier to marry the love of his life (Wasikowska). Magnolia Pictures released the film on June 22, 2018. Up next, Wasikowska will star opposite Christopher Abbott in Nicolas Pesce’s PIERCING, based on Ryū Murakami’s 1994 novel of the same name. Universal Pictures Content Group will release the film later in 2018. Both films had world premieres at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

In 2017, Wasikowska starred in THE MAN WITH THE IRON HEART, a World War II thriller by director Cédric Jimenez, adapted from Laurent Binet’s novel “HHhH” about the assassination of a Nazi leader in Prague. Wasikowska stars alongside Jason Clarke, Rosamund Pike, Jack O’Connell and Jack Reynor.

In October 2015, Wasikowska lead a stellar cast in Guillermo Del Toro’s period thriller CRIMSON PEAK, also starring Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain. In June 2015, Wasikowska also starred as the title character in Sophie Barthes’ MADAME BOVARY, based on the Gustave Flaubert novel, alongside Paul Giamatti and Ezra Miller.

In fall 2014, Wasikowska starred in the John Curran film TRACKS, shot in rural Australia. Based on a true story, Wasikowska portrays “Robyn Davidson,” a young woman who embarks on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with her four camels and faithful dog.  Adam Driver plays the photographer assigned to document her adventure. Wasikowska also starred in MAPS TO THE STARS, which premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.  The satire drama was directed by David Cronenberg and also stars Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson.

In March 2013, Wasikowska starred opposite Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode in the Fox Searchlight dramatic thriller STOCKER, directed by Chan-wook Park. In August 2012, Wasikowska appeared in a supporting role in LAWLESS opposite Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy and Jessica Chastain.

In September 2011, Wasikowska tackled the title role in JANE EYRE, director Cary Fukunaga’s screen adaptation of the classic novel by Charlotte Bronte, opposite Michael Fassbender (as ‘Rochester’). Wasikowska ended 2011 co-starring opposite Glenn Close and Janet McTeer in Rodrigo Garcia’s period drama ALBERT NOBBS. In May 2011, Wasikowska starred in the Gus Van Sant film RESTLESS, as a terminally ill girl who falls in love with a death-obsessed teenage boy, played by Henry Hopper. An official selection of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, the film was produced by Imagine Entertainment with Bryce Dallas Howard and released by Sony Classics.

In July 2010, Wasikowska co-starred in the Academy Award-nominated film THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT with Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo. The Lisa Cholodenko film was also recognized with an Independent Spirit Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Film.

Wasikowska’s additional film credits include DEFIANCE, AMELIA, THAT EVENING SUN, THE DOUBLE, and ONLY LOVERS LEFT.

Wasikowska made her debut to a U.S. audience as the tormented and suicidal teen “Sophie” in HBO’s series “In Treatment.”  Directed by Rodrigo Garcia, “In Treatment” focused on the relationship between a therapist (Gabriel Byrne) and his patients. In recognition of her performance, Wasikowska was honored by the Los Angeles-based organization Australians in Film (whose Host Committee includes Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, among others) with the Breakthrough Actress award. The series was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Drama Series.

Wasikowska began her acting career in her home country of Australia, landing a recurring role on the popular medical drama “All Saints.”  Upon securing her first major role in the independent film SUBURBAN MAYHEM, Wasikowska was recognized by the Australian Film Institute Awards for Best Young Actor.  She followed up these projects with acclaimed performances in LENS LOVE STORY, SKIN (a short film), SEPTEMBER, and in the Australian horror film ROGUE alongside Michael Vartan and Radha Mitchell.

In 2016, Wasikowska made her directorial debut (with individual but connected segments) in THE TURNING, an adaptation of Tim Winton’s best-selling short story collection filmed in Sydney, Australia. Wasikowska went behind the lens a second time for AFTERBIRTH, a selection of short stories, which she also wrote.

Wasikowska resides in Sydney, Australia.

Nicolas Pesce Director

Nicolas Pesce

Nicolas Pesce’s directorial debut feature film, THE EYES OF MY MOTHER, premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in the NEXT section. One of the most critically acclaimed horror films of 2016, THE EYES OF MY MOTHER was released theatrically in the U.S. by Magnolia Pictures.

Recently, he completed his second feature film PIERCING based on the Ryû Murakami novel by the same title. The film premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in the MIDNIGHT section, and stars Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Maria Dizzia, and Marin Ireland. Nick is directing the upcoming GRUDGE movie for Good Universe and Ghost House Pictures starring Lin Shaye, Andrea Riseborough, Demian Bichir, Betty Gilpin, and John Cho.

In 2013, Pesce developed an animated series starring Malcolm MacDowell, J.K. Simmons, and Colin Quinn. Pesce is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and currently lives in Los Angeles.