The Beckett cast features American actor John David Washington, Swedish actress Alicia Vikander and Vicky Krieps from Luxembourg. This info article contains spoilers for the 2021 Netflix movie. Check out more streaming guides in the Know the Cast section.
Directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, Beckett follows an American man who finds trouble in Greece. After a first-act tragedy, the title character visits authorities for assistance but ultimately discovers that he’s the fall man in a political conspiracy. John David Washington carries the film as Beckett, albeit with a bit of over-acting from sequence to sequence. Much like his father, Denzel Washington, he has a commanding screen presence and distinct voice. Too often, though, Beckett’s lead performer resorts to steady growling in order to convey what’s already obvious to audiences; a performance trait that plagues his other 2021 Netflix movie, Malcolm & Marie. Here’s a Know the Cast breakdown of the main players in Beckett.
Beckett Cast: John David Washington as Beckett
Character Profile: An American from Ohio who works as a business system integration expert. He visits Athens with his wife and inadvertently gets mixed up in a Greek conspiracy after a fatal car accident. Beckett receives assistance from activists who help him understand the bigger picture. Still, he’s betrayed by a fellow American from the U.S. embassy for political reasons.
Washington’s Resume: Richard “Bobo” Evans in Monster (2018), Ron Stallworth in BlacKkKlansman (2018), Ricky Jerret in Ballers (2015-19), Protagonist in Tenet (2020), Malcolm in Malcolm & Marie (2021)
Beckett Cast: Alicia Vikander as April
Character Profile: Beckett’s wife who dies in a first-act car accident. Before the tragedy, she has several romantic conversations with her husband and lightly teases him about certain personality traits. She falls asleep during a late-night car ride and gets killed after Beckett crashes into a home, where the kidnapped son of a politician is being held.
Vikander’s Resume: Ava in Ex Machina (2014), Gerda in The Danish Girl (2015), Heather Lee in Jason Bourne (2016), Lara Croft in Tomb Raider (2018), Essel/The Lady in The Green Knight (2021)
Beckett Cast: Vicky Krieps as Lena
Character Profile: A political activist who helps Beckett escape from a dirty cop. She explains the current political climate and why she’ll be attending a rally for the politician Karras (Yorgos Pirpassopoulos) at Syntagma Square. Lena helps Beckett once again in the climax from her campaign headquarters.
Krieps’ Resume: Niki in A Most Wanted Man (2014), Lucy Loschetter in Gutland (2017), Alma in Phantom Thread (2017), Erika Berger in The Girl in the Spider’s Web (2018), Prisca in Old (2021)
Beckett Cast: Boyd Holbrook as Tynan
Character Profile: A U.S. Embassy consulate in Athens who initially questions Beckett about his experiences. He seems to be a nice guy but then turns on Washington’s character during a car ride. Tynan uses Beckett as the fall man in a political conspiracy and ultimately gets beat with a pipe.
Holbroook’s Resume: Peter Kristo in A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014), Jeff in Gone Girl (2014), Steve Murphy in Narcos (2015-16), Pierce in Logan (2017), Quinn McKenna in The Predator (2018)
Beckett Cast: Michael Stuhlbarg as Bob
Character Profile: April’s father who receives a call from Beckett after the car accident. He asks various questions about his daughter but doesn’t learn that she actually passed away. In the moment, Beckett is too traumatized and upset to reveal the truth.
Stuhlbarg’s Resume: Larry Gopnik in A Simple Man (2009), Arnold Rothstein in Boardwalk Empire (2010-13), Dr. Robert Hoffstetler in The Shape of Water (2017), Mr. Perlman in Call Me by Your Name (2017), Sy Stanley Hyman in Shirley (2020)
Beckett Cast: Panos Koronis as Officer Xenakis
Character Profile: A dirty cop who initially assists Beckett after the opening tragedy. He later shoots at Washington’s character upon tracking him to the scene of the accident. Beckett injures Officer Xenakis during a train confrontation, and also gives him a beatdown in the third act.
Karonis’ Resume: Stefanos in Before Midnight (2013), Giorgos in Chevalier (2015), Daviti Dolidze in Do It Yourself (2017), Mr. Anestis in The Durrells (2017-18)
The Beckett cast also includes Yorgos Pirpassopoulos (Chevalier), Lena Kitsopoulou (No Sympathy for the Devil), Maria Votti (Digger) and Marc Marder (Sidewalk Stories).
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