The Reliant

CAST

Kevin Sorbo
Kevin Sorbo

Kevin spent 3 years traveling around the world, modeling for print ads and appearing in over 150 commercials, before landing in his breakout series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995).

Kevin David Sorbo was born in Mound, Minnesota, on September 24, 1958, to Ardis (Thompson), a nurse, and Lynn Nain Sorbo, a high school teacher. His father was of Norwegian descent and his mother's ancestry was English, Scottish, and German. In high school, he excelled at football, baseball and basketball; in college, he played these 3 sports, plus hockey. Kevin was also in a number of plays. After leaving college, Kevin joined an actors theater group, and traveled to Europe, then to Sydney, Australia appearing in commercials. At the end of 1986, he settled in Los Angeles. Kevin began to make guest appearances on such popular shows as Murder, She Wrote (1984). At 6' 3" and very muscular, Kevin was a natural for the title role in what would become his signature series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995). Kevin became internationally famous, and he learned the craft of film-making well enough to direct and co-write some of the episodes. Kevin even studied martial arts in order to do many of his own stunts. In real life, Kevin's heart is as big as Hercules'-- he leads "A World Fit for Kids!" as the chair and spokesperson. Kevin devotes much of his time to "A World Fit For Kids!" which is a successful mentoring model that trains inner-city teens to use school, fitness, sports and positive role models for themselves, and then become the coaches and mentors for younger children. In 1998, Kevin married lovely actress Sam Sorbo, best known for her dual role on Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995) as Serena/the Golden Hind ("Hind" is a female red deer).

Brian Bosworth
Brian Bosworth

Former NFL Seattle Seahawks linebacker, the always controversial Brian "Boz" Bosworth only played three seasons in the NFL but during that period he made plenty of headlines for a mixture of reasons, however he was forced to retire due to a chronic shoulder injury - which then saw "Boz" pitched as a new action star in the cinema.

Brian starred in 4 films in 2018 including the Paramount film "What Men Want" with Taraji P. Hanson and Tracy Morgan. Brian is also the new Ambassador for Dr. Pepper in their very successful advertising campaign. Brian stars as the Sheriff of the fictional town "Fansville" And on the new TV series "Ambitions" which premiers in June on OWN.

Eric Roberts
Eric Roberts

Roberts is an Academy Award nominee for his role in Runaway Train, and a three-time Golden Globe nominee for Runaway Train, Star 80, and King of the Gypsies. In addition, Roberts received acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival for his role in A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints and It's My Party. He also starred in La Cucaracha, which won Best Film at the Austin Film Festival, and for which Roberts won Best Actor at the New York Independent Film Festival that same year. Other notable performances include his roles in The Dark Knight, Final Analysis, and Paul Thoman Anderson's Inherent Vice for Warner Bros., Millennium Films' Lovelace and The Expendables for Lionsgate.

On television, Roberts' memorable recurring roles include USA's Suits, CSI and Code Black for CBS, NBC's Heroes, and Crash for Starz. He has appeared in guest star roles on ABC's Greys Anatomy, NBC's Will & Grace, Fox's Brooklyn Nine-Nine, CBS' Hawaii Five-O, HBO's Entourage, and so much more.

Upcoming, Roberts plays Matt Dillon's doctor in Head Full of Honey, a Warner Bros. Germany production that is directed by Til Schweiger. Emily Mortimer and Nick Nolte also star. He also has a supporting role in the independent Hard Luck Love Song directed by Justin Corsbie. Roberts will play "Skip," a grizzled doorman whom offers advice to characters played by Michael Dorman and Sophia Bush. The film also stars Dermott Mulroney, and American rapper, RZA. Finally, Roberts is set to recur as DEA boss "Erick Sheldon" in La Reina del Sur for Telemundo Global Studio and Netflix.

Roberts was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, and grew up in and around the Atlanta area. He began his career in theatre in New York City where he won the Theatre World Award for his role on Broadway in Burn This.

He resides in Los Angeles with his wife of 26 years and brood of felines.

Mollee Gray
Mollee Gray

Mollee Gray is a contemporary dancer based in Los Angeles, California. She is known for appearing in So You Think You Can Dance and the High School Musical series. Gray was born in Salt Lake City and grew up in Orem, Utah. She was born deaf in her left ear. Gray is a trained dancer in jazz, tap and ballet. Gray has one younger brother, Gage Grey, who is also a model. Gray's biggest break came in appearing on So You Think You Can Dance Season 6th and finished in 8th place.

Gray has appeared in a number of movies especially for Disney. Her credits include High School Musical, High School Musical 2, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, The American Mall, No Strings Attached (film), Teen Beach Movie, Teen Beach 2, Double Daddy, South32, and THE RELIANT. Her television credits include Suburgatory, Austin & Ally, Shake It Up, Glee, Big Time Rush, Victorious and Drop Dead Diva. Gray has also performed on The Ellen Show, The Voice, America’s Got Talent and The Kids Choice Awards. In addition, she has performed alongside Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lopez, and Snoop Dogg.

Marisa Hampton
Marisa Hampton

Marisa Hampton is a Texas native and has been active in the film and theater industry since the age of 8. She has appeared as Young Fallon Carrington in CW's Dynasty, Katherine Plumber in Newsies, and much more.

She is a Stony Award nominee for best actress for her role as Dorothy in OZ. She continues to train in film and theater as well as voice.

Blake Burt
Blake Burt

Blake Burt, born to Alesia Burt and Carroll Burt, is an American actor and singer. Burt began his training as a performing artist in the 8th grade when he joined the Petal show choir, followed by his acceptance into the high school group, Petal Soundsations. Burt’s experience as an on-stage performer and support from his mother and father, a musician, led him to his career as an actor.

After performing his first play at the Hattiesburg Convention Center, Burt was quickly picked up by a New Orleans talent agency which led to his current management representation with Snow Entertainment, and in turn kicked off the beginning of his acting career.

Since then, Burt has appeared on screen in Pitch Perfect 2, Geostorm, Murdered at 17, The World We Make, Training Day, One Mississippi, and many more. His upcoming release, The Reliant, was his first starring role in a film and is set to premiere in 2019.

Josh Murray
Josh Murray

Josh Murray debuted nationally in TV movie Killing Lincoln (as assassin Lewis Powell), Executive Produced by Ridley Scott and narrated by Tom Hanks. It set a record in viewership on the National Geographic Channel. Since then, he has starred in real life spy drama Game of Pawns on the Pentagon Channel which won 2 regional Emmy awards and was featured in major media outlets world-wide, appeared in NBC's Revolution and Taxi Brooklyn as well as the feature film adaption of David Baldacci’s book Wish You Well (starring Mackenzie Foy, Ellen Burstyn and Josh Lucas). He has also worked as an actor for and/or with multiple branches of the military and various law enforcement agencies.

Josh has substantial roles in several forthcoming feature films in addition to THE RELIANT including SciFi/Thriller Final Frequency as an FBI agent with mysterious allegiances, opposite Lou Ferrigno Jr. and Charles Shaughnessy; and in Thriller Inheritance starring Lily Collins, Simon Pegg and Connie Nielsen, as a young father of the protagonist (Collins), who becomes the patriarch of a powerful family.

Julia Denton
Julia Denton

Julia Denton has an industry career spanning 18 years, relocating from Los Angeles to Atlanta in 2012 accompanying Georgia’s burgeoning film industry.

Julia’s career as an actor has taken major strides in the past three years with the release of films showcasing her work alongside major industry players such as Paul Rudd in NETFLIX’s popular “The Fundamentals of Caring”, written and directed by Rob Burnett of “The David Letterman Show” fame, Jennifer Aniston in NETFLIX’s well-received “Dumplin,” James Franco’s “In Dubious Battle,” Julie Ann Emery (of AMCs “Preacher”) in “Christmas on the Coast,” Gerard Butler’s “Geostorm,” Melissa Gilbert in the upcoming release “When We Last Spoke,” and Kevin Sorbo and Brian Bosworth in the upcoming movie release “The Reliant.”

Julia has also recently stepped into the role of producer with the movie “Spirit,” currently in post-production, a feature film in which she also carries the lead role. She is also currently in the midst of hammering out her first screenplay “Still Here,” with eyes on producing and starring in the movie. Having experience with significant and diverse roles in TV and film over nearly two decades, Julia’s calling lies in creating stories firmly rooted in reality; characters that viewers align with initially because of their weaknesses, but then learn and grow from through the carefully constructed twists and turns of excellent filmmaking.

Tyler Sanders
Tyler Sanders

Tyler Sanders, who plays the role of Eli, loves the opportunity to portray characters who teach us all a lesson and make us question, the world around us. Because of this, Tyler was excited about his role in The Reliant, which highlights the importance of faith and hope in the midst of crisis.

Tyler Sanders is a young actor from Texas where he began acting at the age of 10. He immediately booked a pilot for CBS. He shot several commercials for Toyota, Scheels, Hot Wheels and St Louis Children’s Hospital. More recently, Tyler has appeared on Fear The Walking Dead and The Rookie and has shot a series for Amazon for release in 2020.

When Tyler is not acting, he enjoys being behind the camera, film making. He loves the outdoors and enjoys skiing, hiking, rock climbing and spending time with friends and family.

Kiera Strauss
Kiera Strauss

Kiera Strauss is twelve years old and has been acting professionally since she was seven. Kiera was born in Dallas, Texas and has two older brothers. She has been taking acting, dance and karate (Shorin Ryu) lessons for several years.

In late 2015, Kiera was honored to be a part of the recent adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots" television series, playing the role of "Young Missy". Director Mario Van Peebles made an impressionable mark on Kiera and her passion for acting during the weeks she spent filming the series in New Orleans.

Kiera has television, film, theater and commercial experience. She enjoys reading, swimming and traveling to new places.

Ian Lauer
Ian Lauer

Ian Lauer is a Meisner-trained Los Angeles-based actor originally from Nashport, Ohio. Growing up, he was heavily involved in both football and martial arts. He then went on earn a degree in Chemistry with a minor in Theatre at The College of Wooster. Simultaneously, he thrived as a standout 1st Team All-Conference performer in both football and track.

After college, Ian spent time in an MFA Acting program in Detroit and acted in a series of theatrical productions before making the move to L.A. and pursuing his film career.

Upon his arrival in Los Angeles, Lauer continued his acting and martial arts training. He now holds black belts in multiple martial arts disciplines and has had the opportunity to showcase his acting chops while starring in films such as “Enter the Fire,” “The Musician,” and “The Reliant.”  

David and Jason Benham
David and Jason Benham

Twin brothers, David and Jason Benham, are former professional baseball players, nationally acclaimed entrepreneurs, and best-selling authors. Their accomplishments have been recognized by dozens of publications, including Inc. Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Business Leader Media, Franchise 500 and more.

Their rise to success earned them a reality show with HGTV that was set to air in the fall of 2014 - yet the show was abruptly cancelled because of their commitment to biblical values.

Appearing on CNN, Fox News, ESPN, ABC's Nightline & Good Morning America, the Benhams continue to stand up for what they believe and encourage others to do the same. They had a cameo in the Kendrick Brothers’ movie “War Room” in 2015.

David and Jason have a combined nine children and live on the same street in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Kevin Wayne
Kevin Wayne

Kevin Wayne is an American actor best known for The Magnificent Seven (2016). Kevin is also a working producer, director and writer. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Kevin attended Hueytown High School, where the football coaches urged Kevin daily to play for the Golden Gophers, but he chose to play ice hockey. He started playing at the age of 7 and played college hockey at UAH.

While Kevin always wanted to act, he started modeling in 1990 after being recruited by a local modeling agency. His acting career started when he played the role of a Russian terrorist in Under Siege (1992) in Mobile, AL.

His film company, Kevin Wayne Films LLC, also houses Black Scorpion Films LLC and Authenticious Films LLC, which he started in 2009. Kevin also developed a non-profit organization that targets giving dead beat dads a second chance, offering fathers another opportunity to build a relationship with their children.

Jenn Gotzon Chandler
Jenn Gotzon Chandler

A career break playing Pres. Nixon's daughter Tricia in 5-time Oscar Nominated "Frost/Nixon" launched Jenn Gotzon into her career. She starred in many family films on Amazon, winning awards for Doonby, God's Country, The Sacred Eternal, Julie and Jack. Award-winning actress & international model, Jenn Gotzon brings a natural radiance, emotional depth and transformative ability to the protagonist roles she plays on-screen revealing hope to the human condition. With 2 Oscar-Nominated films, under her belt, playing historical characters - Tricia Nixon in Ron Howard's "Frost/Nixon" & British captive Lydia in "Alone Yet Not Alone" - Jenn's developed an uplifting brand as an American leading lady in wholesome and redemptive movies. Jenn Gotzon appears as the cover model on several magazines including Valley Social who printed, "Gotzon continuously garners awards for her Meryl Streep chameleon-like transformations" inspired from the Hollywood casting director Bill Dance after he saw Jenn win "Best Actress" for her protagonist role in short film "Stained." He told the press, "I felt like I was watching a young Meryl Streep on screen."

Brad M. Seward
Brad M. Seward

Master Brad M. Seward is a 5th degree black belt in Shorin Ryu Karate and Combat Judo and is the founder of Coszacks Elite Defense System in Zanesville, Ohio. He is also a 5th degree black belt in Ji Da Kwon Tae Kwon Do under the Koroshi School of Defense. Master Seward has also studied the arts of Kachido Aiki Jitsu, Tomaki Aikido, and Brazillian Jiu Jitsu. He is a lifetime member of the United States Martial Arts Alliance and three-time inductee to the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame.