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PermalinkBy Paul Rudoff on Jul. 5, 2016 at 11:30 PM , Categories: 2016 Parody Remake
KATE McKINNON (Jillian Holtzmann) is a current "Saturday Night Live" cast member who has been nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards for her work on the show (2014 & 2015 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and 2014 Outstanding Music and Lyrics for "Twin Bed"). She is also the recipient of a 2014 Best Supporting Actress American Comedy Award for her work on the iconic, late night sketch show. Having joined the cast in April 2012, she has entertained viewers with her critically acclaimed impression of Hillary Rodham Clinton, as well as other notable impressions including Justin Bieber and Ellen DeGeneres.

McKinnon co-hosted the 2016 Independent Spirit Awards with "Silicon Valley's" Kumail Nanjiani. She was recently seen in Sisters, opposite Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. She was also seen as Dallas Boudreau in the IFC miniseries "The Spoils Before Dying" and as Abra Cadouglas in "Difficult People." She will next be seen in Masterminds, opposite Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis, and in Office Christmas Party opposite Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston. She will soon begin production on Rock That Body opposite Scarlett Johansson.

Additionally, McKinnon voiced the role of Stella in the animated film The Angry Birds Movie and can be heard in the upcoming Finding Dory. McKinnon has also lent her voice to a variety to animated series and specials, including "The Simpsons," "Family Guy," "The Awesomes," "Nature Cat," "Venture Brothers," "Robotomy," "China Il," and "Moonbeam City," as well as the role of Pez Cat in Pixar's Halloween special, "Toy Story of Terror."

McKinnon stars in several Above Average digital shorts, including Notary Publix, which she co-created. Prior to "SNL," McKinnon performed at New York's Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. She studied Theatre at Columbia University.


In 2014, LESLIE JONES (Patty Tolan) was hired by "Saturday Night Live" as a writer and quickly gained popularity after a memorable on-air appearance during the show's "Weekend Update" segment as herself. Jones officially joined the cast during the show's 40th season.

In February, Jones joined Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock and Whoopi Goldberg in an epic 2016 Oscars® sketch, reimagining an Oscars® montage starring black actors

Jones' film credits include Chris Rock's Top Five and Judd Apatow's Trainwreck. She is voicing an animated character in Lunch for Illumination Entertainment, opposite Matthew McConaughey and John C. Reilly.


In some thirty-five years as an actor, CHARLES DANCE (Harold Filmore) has amassed an impressive body of work in all media. His more recent film credits include The Imitation Game, in which he starred alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, Dracula Untold, Woman in Gold, Frankenstein and Child 44, as well as Burr Steer's adaptation of the New York Times-Bestselling Novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. He can currently be seen in Me Before You, directed by Thea Sharrock, and will next be seen in Underworld: Blood Wars. His upcoming films also include Thomas Clay's Fanny Lye Deliver'd, opposite Maxine Peake, and That Good Night with John Hurt. Past major films include Plenty, White Mischief, Good Morning Babylon, The Golden Child, Alien 3, Last Action Hero, Hilary and Jackie, Michael Collins, Starter for Ten for Sam Mendes' Company, Robert Altman's Gosford Park, Kabloonak, for which he received the Best Actor award at the Paris Film Festival in 1996, The Perfect Disagreement, and The Shooter with Wesley Snipes. Other film credits include Roland Joffe's There Be Dragons, Your Highness directed by David Gordon Green also starring James Franco and Natalie Portman, Ironclad directed by Jonathan English, also featuring Derek Jacobi and Brian Cox, Deepa Mehta's Winds of Change, the filmic adaptation of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children.

Dance received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor in "The Jewel in the Crown." His many other television highlights include "Rebecca," "Nicholas Nickleby," "Fingersmith," "Bleak House," for which he received an International Emmy nomination and won the Press Guild Award for Best Actor, "Consenting Adults," Giles Forster's "This September," "Neverland," alongside Rhys Ifans and Anna Friel, and "Secret Life," a documentary about Charles Dickens' turbulent personal life. More recently, Dance starred as Tywin Lannister in HBO's record-breaking "Game of Thrones." Other recent television credits include his starring role in an adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic mystery novel "And Then There Were None" for the BBC, starring alongside Sam Neill, Douglas Booth and Aidan Turner. Last year, he was also seen in "The Great Fire," a four-part drama for ITV, in which he starred opposite Jack Huston, Andrew Buchan and Rose Leslie. In 2016, Dance will be appearing in UKTV Drama channel's two parter "Deadline Gallipolli" and the three part miniseries "Childhood's End" for the Syfy channel.

On the stage, Dance has played title roles with the RSC, including "Henry V" and "Coriolanus," and completed major work in London's commercial theater, including "Long Day's Journey Into Night" with Jessica Lange, and "Shadowlands," for which he received the London Critic's Circle Award for Best Actor.

His debut as a film director and writer was Ladies In Lavender with Judi Dench and Maggie Smith, for which both were nominated for European Film Academy Awards.


MICHAEL KENNETH WILLIAMS (Agent Hawkins) is one of this generation's most respected and acclaimed actors. By bringing complicated and charismatic characters to life - often with surprising tenderness - Williams has established himself as a gifted and versatile performer with a unique ability to mesmerize audiences with his stunning character portrayals.

Williams is best known for his remarkable work on "The Wire," which ran for five seasons on HBO. The wit and humor that Williams brought to Omar, the whistle-happy, profanity-averse, drug dealer-robbing stickup man, earned him high praise and made Omar one of television's most memorable characters.

Williams co-starred in HBO's critically acclaimed series "Boardwalk Empire," which premiered in 2010. In the Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter produced show, Williams played Chalky White, a 1920's bootlegger and the impeccably suited, veritable mayor of the Atlantic City's African-American community. In 2012, "Boardwalk Empire" won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

Most recently, Williams was seen playing the lead role of Rock Banyon in the IFC mini-series "The Spoils Before Dying" alongside Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph. Williams will soon be seen playing a lead role in the highly anticipated HBO limited series "Crime," written and directed by Steve Zallian, playing opposite John Turturro and Riz Ahmed, which is set to air Summer 2016. Williams can currently be seen playing the role of Leonard in the Sundance Channel series "Hap & Leonard" opposite James Purefoy and Christina Hendricks, created by Jim Mickle, based upon the novels by Joe R. Lansdale. The six-part returning series premiered to record breaking ratings for the network and rave reviews from critics and viewers. He is currently shooting the ABC limited series "When We Rise" from Dustin Lance Black and Gus Van Sant, which dives deep into the LGBT and Civil Rights movements that have taken place over the past few decades in San Francisco.

Williams made his feature film debut in the urban drama Bullet after being discovered by the late Tupac Shakur. He also appeared in Bringing Out the Dead, which was directed by Martin Scorsese. His other film work includes roles in The Road, Gone Baby Gone, Life During Wartime, Brooklyn's Finest, Wonderful World, and Snitch, opposite Dwayne Johnson and Susan Sarandon. Williams was seen in Jose Padilha's remake of Robocop starring with Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman and Michael Keaton, and in a supporting role in the Oscar®-winning Steve McQueen film 12 Years A Slave with Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt. He appeared in The Purge: Anarchy, the successful sequel to the box office booming The Purge, as the revolutionary leader Carmelo Johns.

In 2014, Williams filmed Captive opposite Kate Mara and David Oyelowo and Kill the Messenger opposite Jeremy Renner, as well as Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, Inherent Vice. He also found time to reunite with director John Hillcoat in Triple 9 with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Woody Harrelson, and Anthony Mackie and appear in the Sundance film The Land. Williams also starred opposite Mark Wahlberg and John Goodman in Paramount's remake of The Gambler and in the HBO Films movie "Bessie," opposite Queen Latifah, for which he garnered an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Williams recently wrapped New Regency's Assassin's Creed, opposite Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Assassin's Creed, which is based on the popular video game and is directed by Justin Kurzel, will be released Christmas 2016. Giving back to the community plays an important role in Williams' off-camera life. He is working to launch Making Kids Win, a charitable organization whose primary objective is to build community centers in urban neighborhoods that are in need of safe spaces for children to learn and play. Williams currently serves as the ACLUs ambassador of Smart Justice.

Williams will also executive produce and serve as the investigative journalist for "Black Market," a documentary program that exposes and comments on illegal markets throughout the world with a focus on the people involved and connecting with them on a human level. Black Market will be a flagship show for the newly launched network from Vice, VICELAND.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Williams began his career as a performer by dancing professionally at age 22. After numerous appearances in music videos and as a background dancer on concert tours for Madonna and George Michael, Williams decided to seriously pursue acting. He participated in several productions of the La MaMA Experimental Theatre, the prestigious National Black Theatre Company and the Theater for a New Generation directed by Mel Williams.

Michael Kenneth Williams resides in Brooklyn, New York.


CHRIS HEMSWORTH (Kevin) has become one of the most sought after actors in Hollywood. In 2012, he starred in the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time, Marvel's The Avengers, joining an all-star cast, also including Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson. That same year, he starred in Snow White and the Huntsman, which debuted at #1 at the box-office. This year, Hemsworth starred in the title role of the prequel, The Huntsman: Winter's War, opposite Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain, and Emily Blunt.

Hemsworth recently starred in Academy Award®-winning director Ron Howard's In the Heart of the Sea, having previously worked with him on Rush, portraying Formula One driver James Hunt. He starred in the second installment of the global juggernaut The Avengers franchise, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. He had earlier been introduced as the hammer-wielding super hero in the 2011 hit Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh. He reprised the title role, starring in the second installment of the franchise, Thor: The Dark World.

Born and raised in Australia, Hemsworth made his U.S. film debut in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, playing the pivotal role of George Kirk. His additional feature film credits include the comedy Vacation, Michael Mann's Blackhat, the Joss Whedon-scripted The Cabin in the Woods and the remake of Red Dawn.

Among his favorite charities, Hemsworth supports the Australian Childhood Foundation.


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