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Interview / Jungle / Only the Brave / S.W.A.T. ♦ October 20, 2017

Check out this interview of Entertainment Tonight with Alex, as they feature him in their spotlight with three of Alex’s projects come out simultaneously!

Meet Alex Russell, the 29-year-old Australian actor whose breakthrough role in 2012’s inventive found-footage sci-fi superhero thriller, Chronicle, has paid off in spades. Five years after the release of the film, the not-so newcomer is preparing for the simultaneous release of three projects: real-life, big-screen adaptations Jungle, opposite Daniel Radcliffe, and Only the Brave, with Miles Teller and Josh Brolin, along with the upcoming premiere of the CBS drama, S.W.A.T., starring Shemar Moore.

It’s been a nonstop ride for the actor ever since. Before 2017 rolled around, Russell — whose first credited role came just seven years ago — had a whirlwind year filming four movies back-to-back, taking him from Los Angeles to Colombia to Mexico to the Gold Coast with a quick 24-hour respite in between in Nashville to reunite with his love, Goliath star Diana Hopper, for a wedding.

The past several months, though, Russell has called Southern California home while he’s been in production on S.W.A.T., a welcomed change of pace after a jet-setting existence. “Having all of the normality, coupled with a bunch of projects coming up that I’m excited about and grateful to be a part of, it’s definitely a happy moment,” Russell tells ET.

It was Chronicle that started it all for Russell, who has fond memories of his time on the modestly budgeted film that also starred Michael B. Jordan and Dane DeHaan, both of whom have since had career boosts. “Chronicle was a huge breakthrough for me,” Russell acknowledges, recalling the painstakingly long audition process (“close to 10 hours” worth, he remembers). “It opened so many doors. I think people really appreciated the movie. I felt like it was really cool for all of us, especially for the filmmakers, the studio and the producers, to then see in movies over the next number of years taking tropes from Chronicle. I remember seeing a fight scene in [Man of Steel], where they were smashing around the buildings [and] I thought, ‘That looks a lot like the end of Chronicle,’ so that was pretty cool.”

Russell’s performance struck a chord. After Chronicle, he landed key roles in the Carrie reboot, Stephenie Meyer’s The Host and the Angelina Jolie-directed Unbroken, but it’s his current slate that has him excited to write the next chapter of his young career. As Russell tells it, Only the Brave, Jungle and S.W.A.T. are vastly different in tone and focus, but they all share common characteristics: strong writing from a creative storyteller, a timely message and an intriguing character.

“Getting to play real people is a huge responsibility,” Russell says of his characters in Only the Brave, in which he plays fallen firefighter Andrew Ashcraft, and Jungle, where he plays Radcliffe’s travel companion, Kevin Gale. Russell praised the Harry Potter star for setting the bar and stretching his acting muscle beyond the boy with a lightning bolt scar that made him famous. It’s clear there’s an element of reverence he feels for the British actor. “He’s been making really interesting, awesome choices A) to expand and challenge himself and B) to tell Hollywood, I’m not f**king Harry Potter,” Russell says.

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S.W.A.T. / Video ♦ September 16, 2017

TV Guide tested the cast on how well they know the iconic theme song of S.W.A.T.!

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S.W.A.T. / Video ♦ September 13, 2017

Less than two months until the series premiere! Check out this behind-the-scenes featurette that highlights the elements of action, emotion, and realism of S.W.A.T.

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Events / S.W.A.T. / Video ♦ May 19, 2017

I have updated the gallery with 29 high-quality photos of Alex at the 2017 CBS upfront presentation last May 17th. If you have been following him on Instagram, he absolutely had so much fun on his first upfronts event. Also, check out the first look trailer for S.W.A.T., premiering on November 2 on CBS.

A locally born and bred SWAT sergeant is torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers when he’s tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in L.A. law enforcement.

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News / S.W.A.T. / Television ♦ May 17, 2017

CBS has unveiled their Fall 2017-2018 schedule at their upfront presentation today, and S.W.A.T. is set to air on Thursdays, 10/9c starting on November 2!

THURSDAY (after football concludes)
8 pm The Big Bang Theory
8:30 pm YOUNG SHELDON
9 pm Mom
9:30 Life in Pieces
10 pm S.W.A.T.

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News / S.W.A.T. / Television ♦ May 13, 2017

CBS has picked up several pilots to series, and S.W.A.T. is one of them! Congratulations to the cast and crew. Looking forward to the show!

CBS has made the bulk new series orders, picking up comedies 9JKL (fka 9J, 9K, 9L), starring Mark Feuerstein, and Dan Kopelman’s Me, Myself & I — both from Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment — and dramas Instinct, starring Alan Cumming; Seal Team, starring David Boreanaz; S.W.A.T., starring Shemar Moore from Shawn Ryan and Justin Lin; and Wisdom Of the Crowd, toplined by Jeremy Piven.

S.W.A.T.

EP/Writer: Aaron Thomas

EPs: Shawn Ryan, Neal Moritz, Marney Hochman, Danielle Woodrow, Pavun Shetty

EP/Director: Justin Lin

Studio: Sony Pictures Television in association with CBS Television Studios

Logline: A locally born and bred S.W.A.T. sergeant is torn between loyalty to the streets and duty to his fellow officers when he’s tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles. Inspired by the film of the same name.

CAST:

Shemar Moore, Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell, Jay Harrington, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, Peter Onorati

Source: Deadline

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