Not many actors make their debut Hollywood performance playing a superhero, but young Australian hunk Alex Russell can boast this fact with pride. Of course, he burst into international cineplexes not as Superman or Batman, but as a very non-traditional kind of hero: an unsuspecting teen who, along with his two friends, stumbles upon telekinetic abilities in director Josh Trank's found-footage sci-fi hit "Chronicle". Before grappling with an American accent, Russell grew up in Rockhampton, Queensland as a quiet and reserved student at The Rockhampton Grammar School. He then moved on to the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art in Sydney, preparing him for his first on-screen performance in the 2010 drama "Wasted on the Young". Russell plays Zac, a teen in the upper-echelon of high-school popularity vyiing for the affections of a girl with his step-brother Darren, played by Oliver Ackland. Major roles in two 2011 short films followed: "The Best Man" and "Halloween Knight". In "Chronicle", Russell plays Matt Garetty, a cocky intellectual who second-guesses his friends' eagerness to push their newfound abilities to the limit. With an inventive marketing campaign involving remote-controlled "people" soaring over New York City and a fresh take on the found-footage genre, "Chronicle" proved to audiences worldwide that Russell is an actor to watch.