Jim Sturgess

Meet the star of Kidnapping Freddy Heineken.

By Rayvenn Shaleigha D’Clark.

Jim Sturgess

James – “Jim” – AnthonySturgess is no novice when it comes to being on the big screen. Now 33, the English actor (and songwriter) made his breakthrough in the musical drama Across the Universe (2007, Julie Taymor) opposite the likes of Evan Rachel Wood, musician Joe Cocker and singer-songwriter Dana Fusch.

The Way Back  (2010), One Day (2011), opposite Anne Hathaway; Cloud Atlas (2012) and The Best Offer (2010), opposite the formidable Geoffrey Rush. His latest release, Kidnapping Freddy Heineken, directed by Daniel Alfredson, about the true story behind the plot to kidnap the beer tycoon, could finally change that.

Here’s a look at the trailer…

Born in London in 1978, but raised in Surrey, his first love was was music but moved into acting in what was believed to be a bid to get out of going to class. At just eight years old, he first auditioned for the local theatre, gaining minor parts until heading to college where he developed a passion for filmmaking.  A series of short films and more minor roles in theatre followed, before writing & performing a one-man show that attracted the attention of the talent scouts.

From 2000, Sturgess moved from one minor acting role to another, primarily funding his life as a musician. However, in 2006 problems with the band coincided with his audition for Across the Universe. Sturgess won the leading role of Jude. Opening to mixed reviews, the film centers the music of The Beatles and tells the story of a young British worker (Sturgess) who sets sail for America in search for his father but, by chance, meeting and falling in love with his sister, Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood) as their relationship becomes increasingly threatened by the social upheaval of the Vietnam War.

With his acting career flourishing at last, he appeared in The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) before landing the plum leading role of Dexter, opposite Anne Hathaway, in the screen adaptation of David Nicholls’ much loved book One Day (2011).

Jim Strurgess & Anne Hathaway in ONE DAY

With an already impressive résumé, it is somewhat surprising that Sturgess has not received a lot more attention in light of the fact that he has had some very high profile role opposite Hollywood royalty. There’s the heist drama 21 (2008), starring alongside Kevin Spacey and Laurence Fishburne.  Crossing Over (2009) he co-stars with no less than Harrison Ford, Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd. And then there’s the epic sci-fi Cloud Atlas (2012) with it’s mammoth ensemble cast that includes Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugo Weaving, Hugh Grant, Ben Whishaw, Jim Broadbent, James D’Arcy, Susan Sarandon and Keith David. Phew!

However, with the release this week of Kidnapping Freddy Heineken, Sturgess is once again at the forefront of the action, forming one of five men who in 1983 successfully kidnapped and ransomed the heir to the Heineken beer empire. This true crime drama thriller, directed by Daniel Alfredson (The Girl Who Played with Fire,  The Girl who Kicked the Hornets Nest, both 2009), sees Sturgess working with Sir Anthony Hopkins, Avatar star Sam Worthington and True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten.

Will this be the one that refreshes the parts that other roles couldn’t reach? We’ll drink to that!

Kidnapping Freddy Heineken is in UK cinemas from 3rd April 2015.

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