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David Dastmalchian

David Dastmalchian

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Award winning actor, writer, producer, and filmmaker David Dastmalchian is known for bringing complex characters to life on screen in film and television, and penning raw, harrowing tales of flawed individuals from all walks of life. David has become one of the most in-demand talents in the entertainment industry today.

This year David will be heading to the DC Universe starring as the iconic Polka-Dot Man opposite Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, John Cena, and Idris Elba in James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad” (Warner Bros Pictures). The film follows super villains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Polka-Dot Man, and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison who join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese. “The Suicide Squad” will debut in theaters on August 6, 2021. Next, David will star in Legendary Studio/Warner Bros’ upcoming blockbuster adaptation of Frank Herbert’s bestselling sci-fi novel “Dune,” playing Piter De Vries opposite Timothée Chalamet, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista, and Josh Brolin. Directed by Denis Villeneuve, this visually stunning, sci-fi masterpiece is slated for release on October 1, 2021.

Originally from Kansas, David was discovered by Christopher Nolan nearly a decade ago, making his silver screen debut in the iconic, award winning feature “The Dark Knight,” which launched his career from the stage, to film and television. Since then, David has been hand-picked for dynamic roles by critically acclaimed directors including: David Lynch, Denis Villeneuve, James Gunn, two-time Cannes winner Michel Franco, Sam Taylor Johnson, and Susanne Bier (to name a few). Previous film credits include: Sam Taylor-Johnson’s directed film adaptation of “A Million Little Pieces,” Academy Award nominated feature “Prisoners,” (Warner Bros.) Disney/Marvel’s “Ant-Man” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Birdbox” opposite Sandra Bullock for Netflix, “The Domestics” for MGM, “Blade Runner 2049” for Warner Bros. opposite Ryan Gosling and Robin Wright, indie horror-thriller “The Belko Experiment” opposite Michael Rooker and John C. McGinley, and “Relaxer,” written and directed by Joel Potrykus.

While working in film and television keeps David busy, he recently collaborated with Dark Horse Comics to turn his childhood passion of creating a comic book series into a reality, with the launch of “Count Crowley: Reluctant Midnight Monster Hunter.” Written by David and illustrated by Lukas Ketner, the comic follows Jerri Bartman, a once rising TV journalist who has returned to her small Midwest hometown TV station. Demoted to hosting the nightly Creature Feature, Jerri’s professional humiliation is eclipsed by the discovery that her new job comes with a secret, supernatural duty. Her missing predecessor, Count Crowley, was one of the last “appointed” hunters of monsters. Monsters are real, and they’re hell-bent on controlling the news and information consumed by humans. All issues of “Count Crowley” are available online and at comic stores nationwide.


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