Dane DeHaan: biography from “Life” production notes
Dane DeHaan has made a formidable impression on film and television audiences and is currently one of the industry’s most sought after actors of his generation.
Currently, DeHaan is filming the independent romance drama Tulip Fever, directed by Justin Chadwick opposite Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, Zach Galifianakis and Jack O’Connell. The film is set in the 17th century and follows the secret romance between an artist (DeHaan) who falls for a young married woman (Vikander) while he’s commissioned to paint a portrait of her and her husband (Waltz.) DeHaan is currently filming in London.
Dane was most recently be seen in Sony Pictures’ The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in the role of Harry Osbourne opposite Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx. Directed by Marc Webb, the action-adventure film was released on May 2, 2014 and has grossed $694 million worldwide to-date.
Last summer, DeHaan starred opposite Aubrey Plaza in A24’s dark comedy Life After Beth. Directed by Jeff Baena, Life After Beth follows Zach (DeHaan), a young man who tries to continue dating his girlfriend Beth (Plaza), after she dies and rises from the dead as a zombie. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
In 2013, DeHaan was nominated for a Gotham Award in the “Breakthrough actor” category and at the Hamptons International Film Festival in the “Breakthrough Performer” category for his leading role in Sony Picture Classics’ critically acclaimed beat generation film Kill Your Darlings. Directed by John Krokidas, Kill Your Darlings is loosely based on the life of poet Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe). DeHaan portrays Ginsberg’s anti-establishment and rowdy friend, Lucien Carr and the film chronicles the untold story of a 1944 murder bringing together a young Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster). The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Sony Picture Classics released the film on October 16, 2013 to rave reviews.
Also in 2013, DeHaan appeared in Metallica: Through The Never, a concert documentary directed by Nimrod Antal. Dehaan portrays a young roadie who is sent on an urgent mission during the band’s show. In March 2013, DeHaan starred in the critically lauded Focus Features film The Place Beyond The Pines, directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) opposite Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and Bradley Cooper. DeHaan portrayed the character of Gosling’s young son, Jason. The film was recognized by the National Board of Review as one of their top 10 films of 2013.
In 2012, Dane starred in The Weinstein Company’s film Lawless, directed by John Hillcoat (The Road), opposite Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clark, Gary Oldman and Guy Pearce. The film, set in a depression-era, gritty Virginia, follows three brothers who are part of a bootlegging gang, illegally selling moonshine. Lawless was released on August 29, 2012.
Also in 2012, DeHaan starred in 20th Century Fox’s box office hit, Chronicle, which was released in February 2012. The film follows three high school friends (Dehaan, Michael B. Jordon and Alex Russell) who develop superpowers after making a discovery underground and find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.
DeHaan first came on the radar for his portrayal of Jesse on HBO’s critically acclaimed drama series In Treatment, in which he starred in the third season of the series alongside Gabriel Byrne. His performance was praised as a “revelatory breakthrough” by Variety and “brilliant” by the Chicago Sun Times.
In 2010, DeHaan received an Obie Award for his performance on the critically acclaimed off-Broadway production of, directed by Annie Baker. A Rattlestick Theater production, The Aliens was given the prestigious honor of “Play of the Year” by The New York Times. DeHaan made his Broadway debut in 2008 with American Buffalo.
Other film and television credits include Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg, Devils Knot, True Blood, Stormy Weather, Woodrow Wilson and Magnolia Pictures’ Jack And Diane, directed by Bradley Rust Gray. DeHaan began his film career under the direction of two-time Oscar Nominee John Sayles and opposite Chris Cooper in Amigo, released by Variance films in 2011.
A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Dane currently resides in New York City.