Movie fans are sure to recognize a few familiar faces among the “Shooter” cast. Penned by Jonathan Lemkin and directed by Antoine Fuqua, the project brought together a popular Hollywood leading man, seasoned veteran actors and talented up-and-comers. Film buffs who expected a pure, high-octane action flick may be pleasantly surprised by how well the “Shooter” cast performed on screen.
Michael Peña. Peña, a Chicago, Illinois native was a great addition to the “Shooter” cast. The unassuming actor was simply perfect as bungling FBI Special Agent Nick Memphis. After he is overpowered and disarmed by Swagger, Memphis becomes the laughing stock of The Bureau. He seeks to redeem himself by tracking down Swagger and cracking the mysterious case. Michael Peña also appeared in “The Shield,” the popular but controversial television series.
Rhona Mitra. This British actress has appeared in a number of movies and television shows. As a member of the “Shooter” cast, Mitra plays Special Agent Alourdes Galindo. She helps her subordinate, disgraced FBI Agent Nick Memphis look into Bob Lee Swagger's case. After her showing in “Shooter,” Rhona Mitra managed to land juicier roles. She snagged the role of Sonja, the beautiful Vampire in the third installment of the “Underworld” series. She was also chosen to play the part of Eden Sinclair, the heroine in the 2008 apocalyptic thriller, “Doomsday.”
Ned Beatty. Distinguished thespian Ned Beatty was a nice fit as another member of the “Shooter” cast. He is cast as the nefarious politician, Senator Charles F. Meachum. Beatty has been a constant fixture in the industry, appearing in dozens of television and movie projects. He was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Supporting Actor category for his amazing performance in the 1976 film, “Network.” He recently lent his voice to the computer animated film, “Toy Story 3,” playing the part of the main antagonist.
Danny Glover. Glover is best known for his role opposite Mel Gibson in the successful “Lethal Weapon” franchise. In "Shooter," he plays the part of Colonel Isaac Johnson, the decorated officer who convinces Swagger to work for him. Aside from his memorable role as Sergeant Roger Murtaugh in the “Lethal Weapon” series, he also worked with Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey in the Steven Spielberg film, “The Color Purple.”
Mark Wahlberg. Mark Wahlberg and his finely chiseled physique gets top billing and leads the "Shooter" cast with him playing the part of expert sniper, Bob Lee Swagger. The former military man is used and exploited by Glover's character and is framed for an assassination attempt. Assisted by two unlikely allies, Swagger uses his considerable skills to try and get back at those who tried to destroy him. Thanks in part to Wahlberg's true leading man presence, “Shooter” performed quite well at the box office.
- Lori Boyd