Jason Dolley star of "Minutemen"

January 21, 2008 10:56:11 AM PST
Jason Dolley ("Cory in the House") and Steven R. McQueen, grandson of screen legend Steve McQueen, star in the action-packed Disney Channel Original Movie "Minutemen," a story about three high school outcasts who shake their school's social structure by inventing a machine that allows them to go back in time and prevent other misfits from enduring humiliating situations. This comic, sci-fi adventure will premiere FRIDAY, JANUARY 25 at 7 p.m.on Disney Channel. Corbin Bleu ("High School Musical 2") performs the "Minutemen" song entitled "Run It Back Again."

In the movie, unpopular senior Virgil Fox (Dolley) has spent his high school years at Summerton High labeled as a dork while his childhood friends, Derek and Stephanie, have joined the "in" crowd. When Virgil befriends fellow student Charlie, a prodigy who has invented an incredible time machine, he thinks he can finally change his life for the better. They recruit the school menace, Zeke, and together they conjure up a plan to help themselves and other outsiders from making critical mistakes that can define their high school reputation and cause them to be passed over by the popular crowd.

To ensure their anonymity, the teens call themselves the Minutemen. Soon they learn there are unexpected consequences of changing the course of time. Government officials suspect them of hacking into top secret files, and their plans go further awry when covert agents arrive in hot pursuit of their time machine.

Starring are Jason Dolley ("Cory in the House") as Virgil Fox, Luke Benward ("How to Eat Fried Worms") as Charlie Tuttle, Nicholas Braun ("Shark") as Zeke Thompson, Chelsea Staub ("Bratz" and Disney Channel's upcoming "J.O.N.A.S.") as Stephanie Jameson and Steven R. McQueen ("Everwood") as Derek Beaugard.

"Minutemen" was written by John Killoran with a story by the team of David Diamond ("Family Man") and David Weissman ("Family Man"). Emmy-winning Don Schain ("High School Musical," "High School Musical 2") is the producer. Lev L. Spiro ("Ugly Betty," "Everybody Hates Chris") is the director. Andrew Gunn ("Freaky Friday"), Ann Marie Sanderlin ("Sky High") and Doug Sloan ("Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board") are the executive producers. "Minutemen" is a production of Salty Pictures, Inc.

Leading up to the movie's premiere, DisneyChannel.com users can extend their "Minutemen" entertainment experience via behind-the-scenes features, exclusive games and more at www.DisneyChannel.com/Minutemen.

Disney Channel is a 24-hour kid-driven, family inclusive television network that taps into the world of kids and families through original series and movies. Currently available on basic cable in over 94 million U.S. homes and to millions of other viewers on 27 Disney Channels around the world, Disney Channel is part of the Disney-ABC Television Group.


Jason Dolley stars as Virgil Fox, a time-traveling high school teen on the outskirts of the in-crowd in the Disney Channel Original Movie, "Minutemen." Dolley also stars as Newt Livingston in Disney Channel's comedy series, "Cory in the House."

During the 2006-07 pilot season, Jason was cast in the ABC/Touchstone drama pilot "Enemies," during which he worked with famed director F. Gary Gray ("Be Cool," "The Italian Job"). "Enemies" was written and produced by Sean Bailey ("Matchstick Men"). Jason also starred as Conner Kennedy in the popular Disney Channel Original Movie, "Read It and Weep."

He recently had a supporting role in ThinkFilm's crime-drama feature, "The Air I Breathe," starring Andy Garcia, Kevin Bacon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Forest Whitaker, Brendan Fraser and Emile Hirsch. Jason plays the younger version of Fraser's character. In 2006 he also starred in the lead role of Warner Bros. feature "Saving Shiloh" as Marty Preston.

Jason started acting professionally at age 11, and his film debut was the lead role in the award-winning short film "Chasing Daylight," directed by Jeff Stephenson. his performance garnered him a nomination for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Short Film. However Jason's big break came in 2004, when he landed a series regular role in Mel Gibson's ABC comedy series, "Complete Savages," as T.J. Savage, the youngest of the five brothers. For his performance in that role he won a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series in 2005.

Born in Southern California, Jason is the youngest of four boys, two of whom are now adults. An excellent student, Jason maintains a consistent 4.0 grade point average. He has been chosen to represent his school in several academic competitions including Spelling Bees, Math Olympics and Speech Meets. He enjoys paintball battles, playing poker games with his friends, hacky-sack and mastering yo-yo tricks.

Born July 5, 1991, Jason resides in Los Angeles with his family. For the most up to date information on him, please visit his official website at www.jasondolley.com.