Gary Busey Joins Kurt Russell and Cast of Soldier for Producer Jerry Weintraub

April 1, 1998

and Warner Bros. Gary Busey joins Kurt Russell, Jason Scott Lee, Connie Nielsen, Michael Chiklis and the cast of the futuristic thriller "Soldier" this week.

Busey plays Captain Church, the superior officer to Russell's soldier character.

"Soldier" is produced by Jerry Weintraub, directed by Paul Anderson ("Event Horizon," "Mortal Kombat") and written by David Webb Peoples ("Unforgiven," "Blade Runner"). Warner Bros. will distribute the film worldwide.

Russell plays Todd, a soldier and veteran of numerous galactic conflicts who finds himself rendered obsolete by a new generation of specially bred warriors led by Caine 607 (Lee). Following a government-ordered one-on-one conflict in which Caine methodically demolishes Todd, the vanquished soldier is left for dead on a garbage outpost planet at the edge of the galaxy.

As he is nursed back to health, Todd begins to learn about the everyday aspects of life beyond the battlefield -- until he is called to defend the outpost against Caine and his scientifically engineered squadron.

Busey had his breakthrough performance in the title role of "The Buddy Holly Story," which garnered him both Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor, as well as a Best Actor Award from the National Society of Film Critics and the New Generation Award from the Los Angeles Film Critics.

He made his film debut in Roger Corman's "Angels Hard As They Come" and has since starred in more than 40 features films in the last two decades, including "Carny," "Lethal Weapon," "Predator 2," "The Player," "Under Siege," "The Firm," "Chasers," "The Chain," "Deadly Current," "Carried Away," the recent "Lost Highway" and the forthcoming "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."

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