Sheen, Michael: Busy Year of Biopic and Fiction Roles

Oct 1, 2008–British actor Michael Sheen will co-star with Samuel L. Jackson in the thriller “Unthinkable” and will also appear in Tim Burton's version of the classic children's story “Alice in Wonderland.”

Starting shooting this month, “Unthinkable,” helmed by Gregor Jordan (“The Informers”), looks at the ethics of torture after a terrorist threatening to detonate nuclear devices in the U.S. is questioned by a black-ops interrogator and an FBI agent, to be played by Carrie-Ann Moss.

Sheen will also have a role in “Alice in Wonderland,” in which Johnny Depp is playing the Mad Hatter.

Sheen has made a name for himself playing real-life characters to critical acclaim. Sheen stars as British TV personality David Frost in Ron Howard's upcoming “Frost/Nixon.” He portrayed former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in “The Deal” and “The Queen,” both of which were directed by Stephen Frears.

In “The Damned United,” now in post-production, he plays legendary English soccer coach Brian Clough.

Sheen may also reprise his role as Blair in Morgan's “The Special Relationship,” a look at the former prime minister's relationships with U.S. presidents Clinton and George W. Bush.