A brusque, scarred and touchingly human Israeli intelligence officer, Kurtz is a spymaster who hopes to prevent large-scale military action by eliminating Palestinian radicalism with less human cost — through brilliantly intricate infiltration. He is determined to flush out his nemesis Khalil, the Palestinian orchestrator of multiple bombings in Europe.
With over 50 roles in film, Michael Shannon continues to make his mark in entertainment. Shannon's previous credits include Zack Snyder's Man of Steel; Ariel Vromen's The Iceman; Sydney Lumet's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead; Curtis Hanson's 8 Mile and Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky, as well as frequent collaborations with director Jeff Nichols, including Midnight Special, Take Shelter and Mud. Most notably, Shannon garnered critical acclaim for his Academy Award—nominated supporting role in Revolutionary Road; Shannon stars opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Recently Shannon received additional acclaim for Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams. For his performance, Shannon received a second Academy Award nomination. Shannon was also seen in Guillermo del Toro's critically acclaimed The Shape of Water. Upcoming, Shannon has Elizabeth Chomko's What They Had, co-starring Hilary Swank, Blythe Danner and Robert Forster.