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Amazon Studios Debuts THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE Starring Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rupert Evans, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Joel de la Fuente, Rufus Sewell and DJ Qualls

Joel de la Fuente. Photo by Lia Chang

Joel de la Fuente. Photo by Lia Chang

Amazon Studios Debuts “The Man in the High Castle” starring Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rupert Evans, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Joel de la Fuente, Rufus Sewell and DJ Qualls on Thursday, January 15, 2015, on Amazon Instant Video in the US, UK and Germany.

Based on Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternative history, “The Man in the High Castle” considers the question of what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II. Almost 20 years after that loss, the United States and much of the world has now been split between Japan and Germany, the major hegemonic states. But the tension between these two powers is mounting, and this stress is playing out in the western U.S.
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Through a collection of characters in various states of posing (spies, sellers of falsified goods, others with secret identities), “The Man in the High Castle” provides an intriguing tale about life and history as it relates to authentic and manufactured reality. The hour-long dramatic pilot stars Alexa Davalos (Mob City) as Juliana Crain, Luke Kleintank (“Pretty Little Liars”) as Joe Blake, Rupert Evans (The Village) as Frank Frink, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Mortal Kombat Legacy) as Tagomi, Joel De La Fuente (“Hemlock Grove”) as Inspector Kido, Rufus Sewell (“Eleventh Hour”) as John Smith and DJ Qualls (“Z Nation”) as Ed McCarthy. The pilot was directed by David Semel (“Madam Secretary,” “Heroes”) and written by Frank Spotnitz (“The X-Files”), both serving as Executive Producers. Also executive producing are Ridley Scott (Blade Runner) and David W. Zucker (“The Good Wife”), with co-executive producer Jordan Sheehan of Scott Free Productions (“The Good Wife,” The Andromeda Strain), and Executive Producers Stewart Mackinnon and Christian Bauteof Headline Pictures (The Invisible Woman). In addition, Isa Dick Hackett will executive produce and Kalen Egan will co-executive produce on behalf of Electric Shepherd (The Adjustment Bureau). Christopher Tricarico (May in the Summer) is also Executive Producer.

Joel de la Fuente as Dr. Johann Pryce in Netflix's Hemlock Grove. Photo: Netflix

Joel de la Fuente as Dr. Johann Pryce in Netflix’s Hemlock Grove. Photo: Netflix

On television, Joel de la Fuente currently appears as Dr. Johann Pryce on the Emmy-nominated Netflix supernatural thriller, “Hemlock Grove,” and is filming his third season on location in Toronto. He spent ten seasons appearing as TARU technician Ruben Morales in “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”. He was a series regular on the Fox drama, “Space: Above & Beyond”; and has had recurring roles on: “E.R.”; “High Incident”; and the Sidney Lumet series, “100 Centre Street”.

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi in Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths. Photo by Lia Chang

Joel de la Fuente as Gordon Hirabayashi in Jeanne Sakata’s Hold These Truths. Photo by Lia Chang

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Joel de la Fuente received a Drama Desk nomination for his starring role as Gordon Hirabayashi and 36 other characters in Epic Theater’s New York premiere of Jeanne Sakata’s critically acclaimed solo drama, Hold These Truths. He starred in limited runs of Hold These Truths in Hawaii at the prestigious Honolulu Theatre for Youth; as part of the 10th Annual soloNOVA Arts Festival; at Playmaker’s Rep in Chapel Hill, NC; and at ACT in Seattle.

On screen, he stars in the feature film Brief Reunion, currently available on iTunes (garnering Audience Choice Award, Gotham International Film Festival; Best Narrative Film Award, University Film and Video Association). Additional film credits include: Personal Velocity (Sundance Jury Prize Winner, Best Film); The Adjustment BureauThe HappeningHeightsReturn to ParadiseFrom Other Worlds; and Forgetting the Girl.

Selected New York theatrical credits include: Ivanov in Ivanov (Mint Theater/NAATCO, Jonathan Bank, dir.); The Downtown Plays (Tribeca Theater Festival, John Rando, dir.); Claudio in Beatrice and Benedict with the New York Philharmonic (conducted by Sir Colin Davis); The Square (Lisa Petersen, dir.); America Dreaming (Michael Mayer, dir.); Valentine in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (NYSF, Adrian Hall, dir.).

In 2005, Joel served as the Artistic Associate of the National Asian American Theater Company. In addition to Ivanov, Joel has also appeared with NAATCO in the world premiere of Cowboy v. Samurai; Caryl Churchill’s, a number; Fuente Ovejuna (David Herskovitz, dir.); and as Iago in Othello, among others.

Other theatrical credits include: Vershinin in The Three Sisters (Chautauqua Theatre Conservatory, Brian Mertes, dir.); Ariel in The Tempest (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Florizel in The Winter’s Tale (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Darko Tresjnak, dir.); Chay Yew’s Wonderland (La Jolla Playhouse, Lisa Petersen, dir.); Liu Mengmei in the Peter Sellars’ production of The Peony Pavilion which performed in Vienna, Rome, Paris, and London’s Barbican Centre.

As a writer, Joel’s essay on his experiences as an Asian American actor is published in Pyong Gap Min’s “Struggle for Ethnic Identity,” and he is a co-writer of Life Document 2: Identity with Pulitzer Prize winner, Ayad Akthar, which won the Columbia Students Award for Best Film in 2002.

Joel is an alumnus of Brown University and the Graduate Acting Program at N.Y.U. and resides in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

About Amazon Studios
Amazon Studios most recently debuted its dramatic comedy “MOZART IN THE JUNGLE” from Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Paul Weitz, John Strauss and Alex Timbers as well as Jill Soloway’s critically acclaimed and Golden Globe nominated dark comedy “Transparent”; its first live-action series for kids 6-11, Gortimer Gibbon’s “Life on Normal Street”; and a second season of the Garry Trudeau political comedy “Alpha House”. The studio has also launched three additional children’s series, the Annecy International Animated Film Festival Award-winning and Annie Award-nominated “TUMBLE LEAF” from Bix Pix Entertainment; “CREATIVE GALAXY” from Angela Santomero and Out of the Blue Enterprises, the creators of Blue’s Clues; and “Annedroids,” from Emmy nominated Sinking Ship Entertainment.

Amazon Studios launched in 2010 as a new way to develop feature films and episodic series-one that’s open to great ideas from creators and audiences around the world. Anyone can upload a script online and Amazon Studios will read and review all submissions. Those who choose to make their projects public can also receive feedback from the Amazon Studios community.

About Amazon
Amazon.Com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, and Fire TV are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

SOURCE: BUSINESS WIRE ©2014 Business Wire

Lia Chang Photo by GK

Lia Chang Photo by GK

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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