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Ryan Kwanten

Ryan Kwanten

The popular Australian soap opera actor is looking to make his mark in American television, as he currently stars as "Jay Robertson" on WB's drama "Summerland". Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Kwanten got into acting by chance after accompanying his brother to an audition where Ryan gave a reading and was signed up by the casting agents. An avid surfer and swimmer, Kwanten was cast in a guest-starring role as a surfer in Home and Away when he was 15 years old. A few years later, he landed a leading role in the series as Vinnie Patterson and stayed with the show for three seasons. He also starred in the Australian series Spellbinder II and guest-starred in A Country Practice, GP and Water Rats. In the U.S., Kwanten had a leading role in Junction Boys and guest-starred in The Handler and Tru Calling. Summerland marks his debut as a regular cast member in an American series. Kwanten starred in a feature film about surfing called Liquid Bridge that was nominated for Best Picture at the Australian Film Festival. He recently finished production on the coming-of-age independent film American Brown, in which he stars as the title character. He won the award for Best Australian Actor at the Inside Soap Awards for his role in Home and Away and was nominated for a Silver Logie at the 2002 Logie Awards, Australia's version of the Emmys. Ryan was born on November 28, 1976.

Ryan Kwanten rides hero wave

FORMER Home and Away actor Ryan Kwanten could be the world's next superhero.

The 27-year-old is being considered for the part of He-Man in a US-made blockbuster, just 18 months after arriving in Los Angeles.
Kwanten's star is rising in the US, where thousands of young girls know him as the surfer, Jay, on the drama series Summerland.

This role also came as a surprise to many Victorians when the series began screening on Channel 7 this summer.

Kwanten was last seen on Australian TV playing the part of Vinnie on Home And Away.

Kwanten is reportedly a frontrunner for the He-Man role, but he's up against star Jason Lewis and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

The film, due for release next year, will be directed by John Woo, of Face/Off fame.

Kwanten might be taking a few more trips to the gym to bulk up if he grabs the lead, as He-Man was last played by the mega-muscly Dolph Lundgren.

Ryan Kwanten Homing in on He-Man role

EX-HOME and Away actor Ryan Kwanten may be paying a few more visits to the gym should he nab the lead in director John Woo's latest action flick.

Kwanten is one of the frontrunners to play He-Man in an upcoming film version of He-Man, due to be released in 2006.

The actor's profile has risen of late due to his starring role in the US series Summerland, but he's facing some stiff competition from Sex and the City hunk Jason Lewis and The Rock.

Frontrunners for the New He-Man Movie?

Back in October of 2004 it was announced that John Woo will direct and produce He-Man, a live-action film based on the characters in Mattel's "Masters of the Universe". Now The Daily Telegraph has posted a rumor on who may be the frontrunners:

[Ryan] Kwanten is one of the frontrunners to play He-Man in an upcoming film version of He-Man, due to be released in 2006.

The actor's profile has risen of late due to his starring role in the US series Summerland, but he's facing some stiff competition from Sex and the City hunk Jason Lewis and The Rock.

Adam Rifkin is adapting the screenplay for the Fox 2000 movie.

 



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