According to Deadline.com, stage and screen star Benjamin Walker, who will soon return to Broadway in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, will lead HBO's upcoming pilot- 'The Missionary.' Walker will play a 'young American missionary who gets caught up in Cold War intrigue while helping a young woman escape East Berlin.'
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Walker graduated from the Julliard Actor Training Program in 2004. Afterward, he appeared in the Clint Eastwood directed Flags of Our Fathers for DreamWorks SKG and Bill Condon directed Kinsey for Fox Searchlight.
In 2007, Benjamin performed in the Broadway revival of Inherit The Wind, starring Christopher Plummer, Brian Dennehy, and Denis O'Hare, under the direction of Doug Hughes. In 2008, he performed in Roundabout Theatre's production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses opposite Laura Linney, which was nominated for six Tony awards. Benjamin played the title role in the Alex Timbers' musical, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, in the show's world premiere at the Kirk Douglas Theater in Los Angeles, CA. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson re-opened in New York to rave reviews and Benjamin returned in the starring role of Andrew Jackson.
Benjamin most recently starred in Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for 20th Century Fox and producer Tim Burton, in which he played Lincoln, based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith of the same name. He will next be seen in HBO's "Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight" as Kevin Kennedy, a Supreme Court clerk who wrote the legal briefs resulting in the guarantee of Ali's status as a conscientious objector.
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