Joel Edgerton is an Australian actor and filmmaker. He has appeared in films such as Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002), Warrior (2011), The Thing (2011), Zero Dark Thirty (2012) and The Great Gatsby (2013). In 2014, Edgerton starred in the biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014) as Ramesses II, the main antagonist, and in 2015 co-starred with Johnny Depp as corrupt FBI Agent John Connolly, in the biographical drama Black Mass (2015).

In Australia, Edgerton portrayed Will McGill in The Secret Life of Us for which he won the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama in 2002 and appeared in the film Animal Kingdom (2010), for which he won the AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

In 2015, Edgerton received a nomination for the Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – First-Time Feature Film for The Gift, a psychological thriller that Edgerton wrote, directed, co-produced, and co-starred in.