In THE UPSIDE, an impulsive billionaire rebels against the limitations of paralysis by hiring an unemployed parolee as his new caregiver. The wildly unqualified new hire, played by Kevin Hart, brings a spark back into the life of the older man, played by Bryan Cranston — and that sets up a surprising story.
Hart and Cranston are merely two members of a talented, impressive cast. Let’s get to know the wonderful ensemble of THE UPSIDE a little better.
Bryan Cranston plays Phillip Lacasse, a wealthy businessman in search of a new caregiver. Phillip is drawn to the take-no-prisoners attitude he sees in Kevin Hart’s character, Dell. Through the pair’s burgeoning friendship, Phillip also sees another side of life.
Cranston proves that success can come at any time. He’s been on screens big and small for decades, with roles in shows like “Murder She Wrote” and “Seinfeld” and a lot of anime voice work to his credit. Then came six seasons of “Malcolm in the Middle,” on which he played the patriarch of a dysfunctional family. Two years after that show wrapped, Cranston landed in the lead role of “Breaking Bad.” His performance as teacher-turned-drug-runner Walter White made Cranston a household name and earned him four Emmy Awards.
We’ve also seen Cranston in films like ARGO, GODZILLA, THE INFILTRATOR and POWER RANGERS. Soon, he’ll appear in novel adaptation THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, alongside Sam Rockwell, Angelina Jolie and Danny DeVito.
Kevin Hart plays Dell Scott, who really just needs a job. When Dell crosses paths with Phillip, the two forge an unexpected bond. Hart has been making us laugh for almost two decades, since bursting onto the scene in the short-lived sitcom “Undeclared.” He went on to land roles in major films such as PAPER SOLDIERS, SCARY MOVIE 3 and LITTLE FOCKERS. At the same time, he released a series of stand-up comedy albums and ultimately enjoyed something few comics ever get: a wide theatrical release for his stand-up film LET ME EXPLAIN.
Hart’s comic talents have been showcased in a long series of films. Lately, he’s been in the RIDE ALONG franchise, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE and JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE. At the end of this year, Hart will go back into JUMANJI’s video game world for a sequel.
Nicole Kidman plays Yvonne, Phillip’s overqualified and long-serving assistant. She’s not sold on Dell — he’s too raw, too inexperienced — and isn’t ready to entrust Phillip to his care.
Kidman is also a master of her craft, and she’s coming off an amazing 2018. Some of her early success came via the thriller DEAD CALM, and then she got global attention thanks to films like DAYS OF THUNDER and BATMAN FOREVER. She’s worked with some of the great directors in both studio and indie films, from Stanley Kubrick (EYES WIDE SHUT) and Baz Luhrmann (MOULIN ROUGE) to Gus Van Sant (TO DIE FOR) and Noah Baumbach (MARGOT AT THE WEDDING). She won the Best Actress Oscar® for THE HOURS in 2003.
Now she’s busier than ever, having appeared in DESTROYER, BOY ERASED and AQUAMAN in the past year while also working on the second season of HBO’s “Big Little Lies.”
Julianna Margulies plays Lily, who has some romantic connection with Phillip. It’s a small role, but Margulies is a major talent. With a long and successful career in TV and film, she is perhaps best known for her Emmy-winning performance as Carol Hathaway in NBC’s long-running medical drama ER. Or you may know Margulies thanks to her critically acclaimed turn in CBS’ “The Good Wife.” That performance earned her two Emmys and a Golden Globe.
Tate Donovan plays Carter Locke. Like his co-stars, Donovan has knocked many prominent roles out of the park throughout his tenured career. He may be most recognizable to audiences for his work as Tom Shayes on FX series “Damages” or for Jimmy Cooper on Fox’s “The O.C.” and White House Chief of Staff Mark Boudreau in “24: Live Another Day.” His best-known role is one that only showcases his vocal range: Donovan was the voice of Hercules in Disney’s 1997 film and its subsequent spinoff series.
THE UPSIDE hits theatres on January 11.