Know the Cast: ‘Blood Red Sky’

Peri Baumeister as Nadja in Blood Red Sky on Netflix

The Blood Red Sky cast includes Peri Baumeister, Dominic Purcell and Alexander Scheer. This article contains minor spoilers for the 108-minute Netflix film. Access more streaming guides in the Know the Cast section.

Directed by Peter Thorwarth, Blood Red Sky follows a vampire woman who attempts to protect her son during an airline hijacking. Peri Baumeister carries the film with her lead performance, and Dominic Purcell provides some minor comedic relief as a domineering baddie. Overall, Blood Red Sky prioritizes kick-ass visuals that will appeal to genre fans but offers little in terms of character development. Root for the female vampire, laugh when the male villains get owned. For a two-hour film, there’s not much depth beyond the central story about a woman who loves her son, a boy who loves his mother, and an Arabic-speaking man who doesn’t want to get blamed for a hijacking. See below for a Know the Cast breakdown of Blood Red Sky’s protagonists and villains.

Blood Red Sky Cast: Peri Baumeister as Nadja

Peri Baumeister as Nadja in Blood Red Sky on Netflix

Character Profile: A Transatlantic airline passenger who seemingly needs new blood marrow. During a flight, she’s attacked by hijackers and transforms into a vampire. Flashback sequences reveal Nadja’s backstory as she attempts to protect her son from a terrorist group in the present.

Baumeister’s Resume: Bernadette in Irre sind männlich, Elisabeth Heisenberg in The Saboteurs, Vanessa in Unsere Zeit ist jetzt, Gisela in The Last Kingdom, Sara in Skylines

Blood Red Sky Cast: Carl Anton Koch as Elias

Carl Anton Koch as Elias in Blood Red Sky on Netflix

Character Profile: Nadja’s innocent son who is forced to engage with airline hijackers. He bonds with a fellow passenger named Farid, who negotiates with authorities during bookend sequences.

Koch’s Resume: Kurt Fankhauser in Das Wichtigste im Leben

Blood Red Sky Cast: Alexander Scheer as Eightball

Alexander Scheer as Eightball in Blood Red Sky on Netflix

Character Profile: A psychotic airline hijacker and member of the terrorist group Caliphate. He spontaneously shoots Nadja and later injects himself with her blood. In the second half, Eightball turns into a vampire.

Scheer’s Resume: Micha Ehrenreich in Sun Alley, Keith Richard in Eight Mile High, Johannes Weinrich in Carlos, Gerhard Gundermann in Gundermann, Josef Terboven in The Spy

Blood Red Sky Cast: Kais Setti as Farid

Kais Setti as Farid in Blood Red Sky on Netflix

Character Profile: An Arabic-speaking passenger with pilot experience. He realizes that he’s been positioned as the fall man in a terrorist plot. Farid makes his case to authorities at the beginning and ending of the film.

Setti’s Resume: Kareem Tarik-Amir in Dogs of Berlin, Ilias in Tracing Addai

Blood Red Sky Cast: Dominic Purcell as Berg

Dominic Purcell as Berg in Blood Red Sky on Netflix

Character Profile: A Caliphate terrorist who chastises Eightball for his behavior. Berg follows orders during the hijacking but ultimately gets killed by Berg in the first half of the movie.

Purcell’s Resume: Seamus in Equilibrium, Drake in Blade: Trinity, Davies in Killer Elite, Lincoln Burrows in Prison Break, Jim Baxford in Assault on Wall Street


The Blood Red Sky cast alsoincludes Gordon Brown (Valhalla Rising), Graham McTavish (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Kai Ivo Baulitz (The Lives of Others), Roland Møller (Atomic Blonde) and Chidi Ajufo (The Gentlemen).

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.

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