Ray Seward is a death row inmate, set to be executed in 30 days for the murder of his wife. He was born into poverty and crime, and was taught early (by his father and various stand-in father figures) that fear cannot exist inside a real man. He's a life-long convict who has been in and out of the system for various violent crimes since he was 10 years old. Resigned to die, although not quietly, Seward knows his end is near. But as the clock ticks down in his waning days, he's forced to confront his past and its secrets, and to reevaluate his definition of "a real man."
Peter Sarsgaard made his screen debut in Tim Robbins' Dead Man Walking, and then started gracing the art house circuit, making a violent, searing impression as a homophobic killer in Boys Don't Cry starring two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank as a transgendered teen.
Other impressionable offbeat roles that have thrilled critics include Shattered Glass, which earned him a slew of awards including the prestigious National Society of Film Critics Award, as well as Garden State and Kinsey.
Sarsgaard most recently wrapped production on Kelly Reichardt's Night Moves, in which he'll appear opposite Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning. He will next be seen in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, co-starring Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin, as well as Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's Lovelace, opposite Amanda Seyfried.