Justin Theroux as Mel Wulf

Justin Theroux (Mel Wulf) is an accomplished film, television, and stage actor who first came to prominence with his unforgettable performance in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, opposite Naomi Watts and Laura Elena Harring.

Theroux was last seen in Netflix’s dark comedy Maniac with Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. Based on the 2014 Norwegian television series of the same name, the highly anticipated 10-episode series follows two strangers who find themselves caught up in a mind-bending pharmaceutical trial gone awry.

Theroux will next lend his voice as Dropkick in the upcoming Transformer’s spin-off Bumblebee. The action-packed prequel to the Transformers franchise is directed by Travis Knight and written by Christina Hodson. Paramount will release the film to theaters on December 21, 2018.

Theroux is currently in production on Disney’s live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp. Theroux will voice the lead Tramp, a stray mongrel who falls in love and embarks on a romantic adventure with the upper-middle-class Cocker Spaniel named Lady. Charlie Bean’s reboot of the animated classic is slated for release on Disney’s upcoming streaming service late 2019.

Theroux was also recently in Lionsgate’s The Spy Who Dumped Me with Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon. The film tells the tale of two best friends who unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy when one of the women discovers the boyfriend who dumped her was actually a spy. The film was released on August 3, 2018.

Theroux starred in HBO's critically acclaimed series The Leftovers, created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta. The show won a 2016 Peabody Award and Theroux received a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for his role.

This year, Theroux starred in Duncan Jones’s feature film Mute, alongside Alexander Skarsgard and Paul Rudd for Netflix. He also lent his voice as evil warlord, ‘Garmadon,’ in Warner Brother’s The LEGO Ninjago Movie.

Theroux's acting credits include Tate Taylor’s The Girl On The Train, David Lynch's Inland Empire, Zoe Cassavetes’ Broken English, Michael Mann’s Miami Vice, Ben Stiller's smash hit comedy Zoolander, David Gordon Green’s Your Highness, Mary Harron's American Psycho, David Wain’s The Ten, The Baxter, Strangers with Candy, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, Duplex, I Shot Andy Warhol, Greg Berlanti's romantic comedy, The Broken Hearts Club, and Romy and Michele's High School Reunion.  

On television, Theroux portrayed John Hancock in HBO’s award winning mini-series John Adams alongside Paul Giamiatti, Laura Linney, and Tom Wilkinson. He had a guest starring arc opposite Amy Poehler in Parks and Recreation and was a recurring character on HBO’s acclaimed series Six Feet Under. Theroux has also appeared on Alias, Sex and the City, Spin City and, Ally McBeal.

In addition to acting, Theroux is also a talented film writer. In 2015, he co-wrote the script with Ben Stiller to the sequel to Zoolander, Zoolander 2. Theroux and Stiller also wrote and executive produced DreamWorks’ Tropic Thunder, starring Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Nick Nolte, and Matthew McConaughey. In 2012, he co-wrote Rock of Ages for Warner Bros., directed by Adam Shankman. The film stars Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, and Catherine Zeta-Jones. Theroux also wrote the screenplay for Iron Man 2 for Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios. The film was directed by Jon Favreau and stars Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Mickey Rourke, and Scarlett Johansson.  

Theroux made his directorial debut with Dedication, which premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival and was released by the Weinstein Co.  Developed by Theroux from the script by David Brombert, the romantic comedy stars Billy Crudup, Mandy Moore, Tom Wilkinson, and Bob Balaban.

Theroux began his acting career in New York theater, starring opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman in Shopping and Fucking, followed by Three Sisters with Calista Flockhart, Billy Crudup, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and Lily Taylor.  He last starred in Frank McGuiness' Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards Somme, an examination of the individual and collective desire to honor one's beliefs and country.  For his performance, Theroux was honored with a Lucille Lortel Award as well as the Boston Critics Award for Best Male Actor.

December 25, 2018

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