Manu Bennett is coming to HDCC


We can announce a new Special Guest: Manu Bennett! He is known for films such as Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011), The Hobbit and the series Arrow.

“Shall We Begin!”, the battlecry of The undefeated Gaul Crixus first bought Manu Bennett’s voice & acting career to international attention. Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011) spoke a universal language that slowly but surely captured a massive audience. The show lost lead actor Andy Whitfield to cancer, Bennett’s pivotal role, transitioning from Spartacus’ nemesis to a slave rebel leader, he was credited for maintaining throughout, the heart & strength of the series.

Producer/Director Peter Jackson then employed Bennett to portray Orc Leader “Azog – The Defiler”. At the World Premiere of The Hobbit, Peter Jackson told press that Bennett’s was the “The Breakout Performance”. Although many Tolkein fans failed to recognize him beneath the CGI veneer, Bennett’s looming presence, hunting down Thorin Oakenshield & culminating in the ultimate faceoff, where both characters die, Bennett entered the catalogue of the great cinematic Villain Performances.

DC Comic soldier of fortune, Slade Wildon aka Deathstroke had slumbered for two decades until Bennett reprised the role on the CW series Arrow. Many DC fans declared Bennett as the best villain on the hit series when he established a heartfelt dominant core relationship with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell). The two befriended upon the Island of Lian Yu before an incident with a super-drug called Mirakuru transformed Slade into the archetypal good guy/bad guy Deathstroke. Originally penned by Marv Wolfman & illustrated by George Perez, Deathstroke has now become a hot property for the DC Universe with Tony Daniels illustrating the new series of Deathstroke comic books & a Warner Bros Deathstroke feature film pending.

When MTV shifted their focus toward producing original series they selected Bennett to portray the Dark Druid Allanon in the newly acquired Shannara Chronicles Series. Bennett had just the right mix of stoicism, angst & dramatic suave sought by the Shannara producers & author Terry Brooks.

Manu Bennett is of Maori, Scottish, English, French and Finnish descent. Bennett was born in Auckland, New Zealand.

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