Know the Cast: ‘Reminiscence’

Reminiscence Cast - Every Actor and Character in the 2021 Movie

The Reminiscence cast includes Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson and Thandiwe Newton. This info article contains spoilers for Lisa Joy’s 2021 movie on HBO Max. Check out Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section for more streaming guides.

Reminiscence takes place in futuristic Miami, where a Navy veteran helps locals cope with their emotional trauma. Nick Bannister and his colleague Watts run a nostalgia-themed business and use a sensory deprivation tank to help people revisit positive life experiences. When a mysterious woman shows up — the archetypal Femme Fatale — the protagonists investigate her connection to a local business mogul who manipulates sociopolitical issues to his advantage. Here’s a cast guide for Reminiscence, a 2021 movie written and directed by Lisa Joy (Westworld).

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Reminiscence Cast: Hugh Jackman as Nick Bannister

Reminiscence Cast - Hugh Jackman as Nick Bannister

Character Profile: A Navy veteran with border patrol experience who runs a nostalgia-themed business. He’s obsessed with memories about a woman named Mae who disappeared after a whirlwind romance. Nick investigates a criminal case and learns the truth about Mae’s involvement, resulting in a fateful third-act decision.

Jackman’s Resume: Logan in the X-Men Movie Franchise (2000-), Van Helsing in Van Helsing (2004), Robert Angier in The Prestige (2006), Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (2012), P.T. Barbum in The Greatest Showman (2017)

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Reminiscence Cast: Rebecca Ferguson as Mae

Reminiscence Cast - Rebecca Ferguson as Mae

Character Profile: Nick’s love interest who shows up at Reminiscence looking for her keys. She’s a lounge singer whose true motivations aren’t revealed until the final act. As a drug addict, Mae is an unreliable individual, or at least that’s how it may seem on the surface.

Ferguson’s Resume: Elizabeth Woodville in The White Queen (2013), Ilsa Faust in the Mission: Impossible Movie Franchise (2015-), Kathleen in Florence Foster Jenkins (2016), Jenny Lind in The Greatest Showman (2017), Rose the Hat in Doctor Sleep (2019)

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Reminiscence Cast: Thandiwe Newton as Emily “Watts” Sanders

Reminiscence Cast - Thandiwe Newton as Emily "Watts" Sanders

Character Profile: Nick’s business partner at Reminiscence. She’s an alcoholic who is estranged from her daughter. Watts drinks to avoid trembling hands and knows that Nick will keep her in check.

Newton’s Resume: Cookie in Gridlock’d (1997), Nyah Hall in Mission: Impossible II (2000), Christine in Crash (2004), Linda in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), Maeve Millay in Westworld (2016-)

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Reminiscence Cast: Cliff Curtis as Cyrus Booth

Reminiscence Cast - Cliff Curtis as Cyrus Booth

Character Profile: A dirty New Orleans cop who moved to Miami to work for the business mogul Walter Sylvan. He’s tasked with tying up loose ends and has a nasty head scar because of a past betrayal. Cyrus warns Nick about Mae and ultimately gets punished for his sketchy behavior.

Curtis’ Resume: Porourangi in Whale Rider (2002), Searle in Sunshine (2007), Genesis in The Dark Horse (2014), Travis Manawa in Fear the Walking Dead (2015-17), Yeshua in Risen (2016)

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Reminiscence Cast: Daniel Wu as Saint Joe

Reminiscence Cast - Daniel Wu as Saint Joe

Character Profile: A New Orleans drug dealer who is suspected of expanding his baca business to Miami. He’s tracked down by Nick because of his past connection to Mae. Saint Joe is the man responsible for torturing Cyrus.

Wu’s Resume: Lai-fu in One Nite in Mongkok (2004), Joe Kwan in New Police Story (2004), Sunny in Into the Badlands (2015-19), Gul’dan in Warcraft (2016), Lu Ren in Tomb Raider (2018)

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Reminiscence Cast: Angela Sarafyan as Elsa Carine

Reminiscence Cast - Angela Sarafyan as Elsa Carine

Character Profile: A woman who revisits the same memory over and over. She refuses a free digital file because her experiences at Reminiscence feel purely authentic. It’s revealed that Elsa had a child with Walter Sylvan, which is why Cyrus uses Mae to collude against Nick.

Sarafyan’s Resume: Tia in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 (2012), Magda Cybulska in The Immigrant (2013), Alice in American Horror Story (2015), Clementine Pennyfeather in Westworld (2016-20), Joanna in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

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The Reminiscence cast also includes Marina de Tavira (Ingobernable, Roma), Natalie Martinez (Death Race, End of Watch), Mojean Aria (The Bronx Bull, See), Brett Cullen (The Dark Knight Rises, Joker), Javier Molina (99 Homes, Bent), Sam Medina (Venom, Alita: Battle Angel) and Giovannie Cruz (Jakob’s Wife, The Suicide Squad).

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