“The Art of More” is an original Sony production. The drama explores the foible and surprisingly ruthless world of premium auction houses, filled with smugglers, hustlers, power mongers and collectors of the beautiful and the bizarre. It follows a blue-collar young man, Graham Connor (Christian Cooke), who leverages his way into this exclusive existence by utilizing his connections to the antiquities black market he was exposed to as a soldier in Iraq.
Dennis Quaid, also as the executive producer, stars as the charismatic real estate shark Samuel Brukner who has a penchant for ill-gotten art. Brukner is the life of the party, but when it comes to his money, he can be ruthless, shrewd and corrupt. Kate Bosworth plays Roxanna Whitney, daughter of the CEO of one of the two warring auction houses — and a leading account executive. Although she was born into this exclusive world and thrives in it, she is riddled with insecurities that drive her to be a formidable executive in her own right.
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GRAHAM CONNOR (Christian Cooke)
Graham Connor grew up in a blue collar Bensonhurst family and his life has been defined by two opposing traits: a deep love of art, instilled in by his father; and an opportunistic, by-any-means necessary ethos, honed on the meaner streets of Brooklyn after his father’s death. After surviving multiple tours of duty in Iraq, Graham is finally where he wants to be in life, working with extraordinary art collections as an executive at Parke-Mason. But Graham has leveraged his experience has a smuggler to gain access to this luxurious world and lives in constant fear of being exposed. Graham’s daily struggle is trying to figure out whether he has a chance at creating a new future or if he will be dragged down by a past that refuses to stay buried.
Christian Cooke is emerging as one of Hollywood’s most engaging and sought after talents. In June, he starred opposite Peter Mullan in the highly anticipated BBC miniseries “Stonemouth,” adapted from the acclaimed novel by Iain Banks.
In 2015, Cooke starred opposite AgynessDeyn in ELECTRICITY, which premiered at London Film Festival. He could also be seen in LOVE, ROSIE opposite Sam Claflin and Lily Collins. Other credits include ROMEO AND JULIET opposite HaileeSteinfeld; HELLO CARTER, written and directed by Anthony Wilcox and produced by Michael Winterbottom; and the comedy DRUNK WEDDING.
Perhaps best known as one of the leads on the acclaimed Starz series MAGIC CITY, which was created by Mitch Glazer, Cooke made his film debut in 2010 playing the lead role in CEMETERY JUNCTION, written and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. The following year he starred in the critically acclaimed, BAFTA-nominated miniseries “The Promise.” Additional television credits include “Witches of East End”; “Trinity”; “Dr. Who”; “Demons” and “The Chase.”
SAM BRUKNER (Dennis Quaid)
A self-made billionaire originally from Indiana, Sam Brukner has moved swiftly and ruthlessly up the food chain in the real estate world. Now he’s a tycoon, with access to everything he wants – and he wants everyone to know it. Whatever the event, count on Brukner to be the loudest voice in the room as he merrily regales a knot of listeners with colourful anecdotes of his adventures and acquisitions. He has become a prominent collector of art, which served to gain him access to the upper rungs of Manhattan society and which has now become part of his strategy to launch a political career. Beneath the braggadocio, however, is a man who still feels like an outsider and can indeed be hurt – and woe be to the person who causes him pain.
Dennis Quaid is renowned for his distinct portrayals in both comedic and dramatic roles over the past forty years. He began to gain attention in the late 1970s for roles in such films as BREAKING AWAY, before gaining public and critical acclaim for his role in the 1983 release THE RIGHT STUFF. Other notable credits include THE ROOKIE, THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW, TRAFFIC, VANTAGE POINT, FREQUENCY, THE PARENT TRAP and SOUL SURFER. For his role in Todd Haynes’ FAR FROM HEAVEN he won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor, the Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male. In 2010 he was nominated for numerous awards including a SAG Award®, an Emmy©, and a Golden Globe© for his portrayal of Bill Clinton in the TV Movie A SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP.
ROXANNA WHITMAN (Kate Bosworth)
Roxanna Whitman is a resourceful, impeccably poised account executive who seeks out some of the finest art and memorabilia collections in the world. The daughter of the CEO of the old-guard auction house DeGraaf, Roxanna was born into the business and would seem well-positioned to succeed her father at the helm. However, the loss of the Arthur Davenport account to upstart Graham Conner has weakened her hand with her aloof, dismissive father. Driven by demons of her own, Roxanna will do whatever it takes to best Graham and secure her rightful place at the top her field.
Kate Bosworth has made the seamless transition from a young Hollywood starlet to one of today’s leading ladies. She was recently seen opposite Academy Award winner Julianne Moore in STILL ALICE. Bosworth has starred in several dramas for director Michael Polish, including the recent releases 90 MINUTES IN HEAVEN and AMNESIAC, as well as 2013’s BIG SUR. Her upcoming films include BEFORE I WAKE; the suspense thriller BUS 657, opposite Robert De Niro; and the action drama LIFE ON THE LINE with John Travolta.
Other recent feature credits include the action thriller HOMEFRONT, the omnibus feature MOVIE 43, the thriller BLACK ROCK, the romantic drama WHILE WE WERE HERE and the drama ANOTHER HAPPY DAY. Previously, she had leading roles in Bryan Singer’s critical and popular 2006 hit SUPERMAN RETURNS; the crime drama 21; the drama THE GIRL IN THE PARK, the multi-genre mash-up THE WARRIORS WAY; and opposite Kevin Spacy in his directorial debut, BEYOND THE SEA. An accomplished equestrian, Bosworth made her feature film debut in Robert Redford’s THE HORSE WHISPERER (1988) and had her breakthrough role starring in the sleeper hit BLUE CRUSH.
ARTHUR DAVENPORT (Cary Elwes)
Arthur Davenport is a prominent art collector who comes from a long line of British aristocracy, but has long made his home in Manhattan. Highly educated and urbane, Davenport never committed himself to a profession and spent much of his time cultivating his art collection and relationships in New York society. Davenport was Roxanna Whitman’s client at DeGraaf for many years, until Graham Conner made him the proverbial offer he couldn’t refuse. Impressed by Graham’s passion for art, Davenport became a mentor to the young man and is the closest thing to an ally that Graham has. However, given the risks Graham takes, that alliance may not last.
Cary Elwes’ career has encompassed a range of critical and popular successes for both the large and small screens alike. Elwes stars in the upcoming Rob Reiner directed feature film BEING CHARLIE which recently bowed at the Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews. He most recently completed filming feature films SUGAR MOUNTAIN opposite Jason Momoa and WE DON’T BELONG HERE opposite Catherine Keener, both slated for a 2016 theatrical release. Elwes is perhaps best known for his roles in Academy Award® winning films GLORY, DAYS OF THUNDER and BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA, box-office hits HOT SHOTS!, TWISTER, LIAR LIAR and SAW, and the cult classics ROBIN HOOD: MEN IN TIGHTS and THE PRINCESS BRIDE. He has also played popular recurring roles in Golden Globe© and Emmy Award© winning television series “The X-Files,” and the highly rated comedy series “Psych.” Other TV credits include “Seinfeld” and the critically acclaimed miniseries “From the Earth to the Moon,” “Uprising,” “The Riverman,” and “Pope John Paul II.” Last year, Elwes released his first memoir, AS YOU WISH: INCONCEIVABLE TALES FROM THE MAKING OF THE PRINCESS BRIDE, which became a New York Times Bestseller.
Sony’s first one-hour scripted drama series The Art Of More airs Tuesday at 8.50pm, first and exclusively on Sony Channel.