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Matthew Vaughn is a leading British filmmaker who has produced, written, and/or directed some of the most talked-about movies of recent years.
He began his career as producer with Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The film was a sleeper hit worldwide, and won several awards including the London Critics Circle Film Award for Best British Film of the Year. He reteamed with the writer/director as producer of Snatch, which won a Special Recognition citation from the National Board of Review for Excellence in Filmmaking.
Through his production company MARV Films, Mr. Vaughn made his feature directorial debut with Layer Cake, which provided a breakout leading-man role for Daniel Craig. He next directed Stardust, the cast of which included Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, and which he and writing partner Jane Goldman adapted from Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel. He next produced Daniel Barber’s acclaimed feature directorial debut Harry Brown, starring Michael Caine.
Working from the celebrated comic book, he and Jane Goldman wrote the screenplay adaptation for Kick-Ass, which Mr. Vaughn directed and produced. The film version starred Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage, and Chloë Grace Moretz; a sequel is planned.
His new film as director, the origins saga X-Men: First Class, will be released worldwide beginning June 3rd, 2011.