The Old cast includes Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps and Rufus Sewell. This info article contains spoilers for the 108-minute 2021 film. Take a look at other streaming guides in the Know the Cast section.
In “VVoices #6,” I named M. Night Shyamalan’s Old as my most-anticipated movie of the summer 2021. Unfortunately, the film about rapidly-aging vacationers didn’t resonate during a sneak peek at West Acres Cinema in Fargo, North Dakota on July 22, 2021. While I appreciate Shyamalan’s vision and artistry, the dialogue and performances are absolutely horrendous. Older characters have little to say when their children physically change during an afternoon beach excursion, which makes each and every conversation difficult to process, especially when considering the collective talent of the main cast. Still, I’ll probably have a different experience the second time around, whenever that may be. Here’s a Know the Cast breakdown of the main players in Old, a film about life, sickness and Big Pharma.
Old Cast: Gael García Bernal as Guy
Character Profile: An insurance risk assessor. He organizes a family trip before separating from his wife, who has a potentially-fatal tumor near her abdomen. Guy shows little emotion throughout the movie and dies from old age next to his family on the beach.
Bernal’s Resume: Octavio in Amores Perros, Julio Zapata in Y Tu Mamá También, Ernesto Guevara de la Serna in The Motorcyle Diaries, Santiago in Babel, Rodrigo De Souza in Mozart in the Jungle
Old Cast: Vicky Krieps as Prisca
Character Profile: Guy’s wife, a museum curator, who cheated on him in the past. She’s unsurprisingly confused by her children’s rapid aging, and later survives a medical procedure to remove a tumor in her abdomen. Prisca recovers but ultimately dies from old age.
Krieps’ Resume: Johanna Zadek in Hanna, Ursel in Colonia, Lucy Loschetter in Gutland, Alma in Phantom Thread, Erika Berger in The Girl in the Spider’s Web
Old Cast: Rufus Sewell as Charles
Character Profile: A doctor who struggles with schizophrenia. He believes that Brendan killed a woman, and later attacks several people with a knife. Charlies dies from an infection after being cut by Prisca.
Sewell’s Resume: John Murdoch in Dark City, Count Adhemar in A Knight’s Tale, Crown Prince Leopold in The Illusionist, Sid Luft in Judy, John Smith in The Man in the High Castle
Old Cast: Alex Wolff as Trent
Character Profile: Guy and Prisca’s son who rapidly ages from six to 15. He’s a naive character at the beginning of Old but emerges as a wise expert of the island who escapes during his fifties.
Wolff’s Resume: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Patriots Day, John “Derf” Backderf in My Friend Dahmer, Young Spencer in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Peter in Hereditary, Amir in Pig
Old Cast: Thomasin McKenzie as Maddox
Character Profile: Guy and Prisca’s daughter who rapidly ages from 11 to 16. She doesn’t understand why her mother is so confused, and carries on normal conversations with her father, who seems entirely perplexed and traumatized by the entire experience. Maddox escapes with her brother Trent during their fifties.
McKenzie’s Resume: Tom in Leave No Trace, Philippa, Queen of Denmark in The King, Elsa in Jojo Rabbit, Mary Hearn in True History of the Kelly Gang, Eloise in Last Night in Soho
Old Cast: Abbey Lee as Chrystal
Character Profile: Charles’ wife who suffers from hypocalcemia. She initially prances around the beach while taking selfies but later retreats and hides upon aging. Chrystal dies in one of the film’s most grotesque scenes.
Lee’s Resume: The Dag in Mad Max: Fury Road, Sarah in The Neon Demon, Anat in Gods of Egypt, Tirana in The Dark Tower, Christina Braithwhite in Lovecraft Country
Old Cast: Eliza Scanlen as Kara
Character Profile: Charles and Chrystal’s daughter who ages from six to 15. She befriends Trent and then becomes pregnant but loses her baby because of the time dilemma. Kara dies after falling from a cliff.
Scanlen’s Resume: Amma Crellin in Sharp Objects, Beth March in Little Women, Milla in Babyteeth, Lenora in The Devil All the Time
Old Cast: Aaron Pierre as Brendan aka Mid-Sized Sedan
Character Profile: A rapper with hemophilia. He’s initially suspected of killing his female travel partner by Charles, who eventually kills Mid-Sized Sedan while experiencing a schizophrenic episode.
Pierre’s Resume: Antonius in Britannia, Dev-Em in Krypton, Caesar in The Underground Railroad
Old Cast: Nikki Amuka-Bird as Patricia and Ken Leung as Jarin
Character Profile: Patricia is a psychologist with epilepsy. She endures several seizures on the island and dies from her condition. It’s revealed in the climax that doctors are thrilled with their test experiments on Patricia, as she went 16 full years without an epileptic incident.
Amuka-Bird’s Resume: Dr. Becker in The Omen, Diomika Tsing in Jupiter Ascending, Rita Williams in A Private War, Miranda in The Laundromat, Rav Mulcair in Avenue 5
Character Profile: Jarin is Patricia’s husband, a nurse. He drowns during an attempt to escape from the main island area.
Leung’s Resume: Carter Chong in The Sopranos, Miles Straume in Lost, Admiral Statura in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Dr. Topher Zia in The Night Shift, Eric Tao in Industry
The Old cast also includes Embeth Davidtz (Army of Darkness), Emun Elliott (Game of Thrones), Alexa Swinton (Billions), Gustaf Hammarsten (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Kathleen Chalfant (The Affair) and Francesca Eastwood (M.F.A.).
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