The upcoming action-packed film Criminal, star-studded with A-Listers such as Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones and Ryan Reynolds has just added newcomer Joe Fidler to the all-star cast. Criminal is produced by Campbell Grobman Films, Millennium Films and distributed by Lionsgate.
Fidler, both an actor and a stuntman, is scheduled to join the Criminal cast for filming in London, England within the coming weeks. Directed by Ariel Vromen, Criminal is an action thriller film about the memories and skills of a deceased CIA agent that are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous convict. In addition to the aforementioned Hollywood stars, the film includes Oscar nominee Gary Oldman, Alice Eve, Michael Pitt and Gal Gadot as the remaining principal cast.
Hollywood newcomer, Fidler, was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and earned a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Findlay. Fidler has garnered a notable career as a stuntman for major projects such as ABC’s Revenge, YouTube’s popular web series Video Game High School and the upcoming movie Boone: The Bounty Hunter starring John Hennigan and Jerry Maguire actor Jonathan Lipnicki.
Before Fidler began his career as a successful stunt performer, the actor served as a first grade teacher in Canal Winchester, Ohio. Fidler’s love for the entertainment industry lead him to his new home of Los Angeles to pursue a career in the motion picture business. Since his change of careers, Fidler has received extensive training with the Action Factory Stunt Team. The stuntman is also trained in Krav Maga – an Israeli self-defense technique. Fidler’s persistent efforts have lead him to serve as a stunt double for the likes of James Tupper, John Hennigan, Kevin Sorbo and an array of many other notable performers.
Fidler’s turn in Criminal will allow him to take front and center in the limelight as an actor in a major motion picture. It has been stated that Fidler’s duties will serve the production solely through his acting and the actor will not work as a stuntman in Criminal. Fidler has received his acting training with Ryan R. Williams at the Screen Actors System in Los Angeles. Williams’ technique is aimed primarily for actors aiming to perform in A-List motion pictures and focuses thoroughly on the necessary nuances for film acting.
Through persistent training, Fidler has managed to break through the role of stuntman into A-Picture actor. Fidler’s aforementioned feat is not an easy one to accomplish, as it is stated that it is very easy to get pigeon-holed into one aspect of the movie business and one must work that much harder to achieve status in another sector of the industry. Fidler is the prime example of an individual who has done just that. Criminal was cast by UK Casting Director Elaine Grainger known for Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.
As Hollywood newcomer Joe Fidler joins the star-studded cast of Criminal, audiences may be on the verge of welcoming a new film star into the entertainment industry. Fidler is represented by Aspire Talent Management and First Class Talent Agency and it seems as if the public may want to keep their eye on this one.
By Cody Collier