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Know the Cast: ‘SAS: Rise of the Black Swan’

SAS: Rise of the Black Swan Cast - SAS: Red Notice Cast

The SAS: Rise of the Black Swan cast features Sam Heughan, Ruby Rose and Andy Serkis. This info article contains spoilers for the 2021 movie. Visit the Know the Cast section for more Vague Visages streaming guides.

SAS: Rise of the Black Swan begins with a covert mission in the country of Georgia. A group of private American commandos clear out a community for a pipeline project that’s secretly funded by the British Special Air Service via Britgaz. When the Black Swans are accused of crimes against humanity, the female leader, Grace Lewis, attempts to expose the British Prime Minister. She also wants to explode a Britgaz pipeline in the Channel Tunnel. Here’s every main performer and character in Magnus Martens’ 2021 movie SAS: Rise of the Black Swan, which is also known as SAS: Red Notice.

SAS: Rise of the Black Swan Cast: Sam Heughan as Tom Buckingham

SAS: Rise of the Black Swan Cast - Sam Heughan as Tom Buckingham

Character Profile: A British Special Air Service (SAS) agent. He’s a cold-blooded assassin, which concerns his doctor girlfriend. Tom squares off against the Black Swans in the English Channel.

Heughan’s Resume: Philip Dorr in Island at War (2004), Scott Neilson in Doctors (2009), Jamie Fraser in Outlander (2014-20), Jimmy Dalton in Bloodshot (2020), Scott Neilson in To Olivia (2021)

SAS: Rise of the Black Swan Cast: Ruby Rose as Grace Lewis

SAS: Rise of the Black Swan Cast - Ruby Rose as Grace Lewis

Character Profile: The leader of the Black Swans. She wants the Prime Minister to admit his involvement in a Britgaz conspiracy. Grace is willing to die for her cause.

Rose’s Resume: Stella Carlin in Orange Is the New Black (2015-16), Abigail in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016), Adele Wolff in xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017), Ares in John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017), Kate Kane/Batwoman in Batwoman (2019-2020)

SAS: Rise of the Black Swan Cast: Andy Serkis as George Clements

SAS: Rise of the Black Swan Cast - Andy Serkis as George Clements

Character Profile: The SAS head. He attempts to prevent Grace from blowing up a BritGaz gas pipeline in the Channel Tunnel. Clements doesn’t realize that there’s a mole or “snide” within his organization.

Serkis’ Resume: Gollum in The Lord of the Rings Movie Trilogy (2001-03), Richard Kneeland in 13 Going on 30 (2004), Ally in The Prestige (2006), Caesar in The Planet of the Apes Movie Franchise (2011-), Mayor of Mistrinaut in The Letter for the King (2020)

SAS: Rise of the Black Swan Cast: Hannah John-Kamen as Sophie Hart

SAS: Rise of the Black Swan Cast - Hannah John-Kamen as Sophie Hart

Character Profile: Tom’s fiancée. She’s concerned that nothing ever bothers her boyfriend. Sophie and Tom take a trip to Paris, and thus become involved in the Channel Tunnel conflict with the Black Swans.

John-Kamen’s Resume: Ornela in Game of Thrones (2016), Sonja and Selma Telse in Black Mirror (2011, 2016), F’Nale Zandor in Ready Player One (2018), The Stranger in The Stranger (2020), Wilhelmina “Helm” Watson in Brave New World (2020)

SAS: Rise of the Black Swan Cast: Tom Hopper as Declan Smith

SAS: Rise of the Black Swan Cast - Tom Hopper as Declan Smith

Character Profile: An SAS operative and one of Tom’s closest allies. He’s revealed to be the mole who assists Grace. Declan becomes public enemy #1 after a Channel Tunnel explosion.

Hopper’s Resume: Sir Percival in Merlin (2010-12), Billy Bones in Black Sails (2014-17), Dickon Tarly in Game of Thrones (2017), Luther Hargreeves in The Umbrella Academy (2019-20), Magnusson in Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard (2021)

SAS: Rise of the Black Swan Cast: Noel Clarke as Major Bisset

SAS: Rise of the Black Swan Cast - Noel Clarke as Major Bisset

Character Profile: An SAS operative. He is initially Declan’s superior. Grace kills Bisset in order to intimidate Clements.

Clarke’s Resume: Mickey Smith in Doctor Who (2005-10), Thomas Harewood in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), Sam Peel in Brotherhood (2016), Stu in Mute (2018), Martin Young in Viewpoint (2021)

SAS: Rise of the Black Swan Cast: Ray Panthaki as Atwood

SAS: Rise of the Black Swan Cast - Ray Panthaki as Prime Minister Atwood

Character Profile: The British Prime Minister. He’s responsible for a Britgaz conspiracy in Georgia involving the SAS. Atwood gets exposed by the Black Swans.

Panthaki’s Resume: Private Bedford in 28 Days Later (2002), Ronny in EastEnders (2003-05), Rav Sangha in Marcella (2016-20), Ram Arya in Away (2020), Jevan Kapadia in Gangs of London (2020)

SAS: Rise of the Black Swan Cast: Tom Wilkinson as William Lewis

SAS: Rise of the Black Swan Cast - Tom Wilkinson as William Lewis

Character Profile: Grace’s father. He’s confronted by Clements in the first act. William’s death positions Grace as the new Black Swan leader.

Wilkinson’s Resume: Gerald in The Fully Monty (1997), Matt Fowler in In the Bedroom (2001), Dr. Mierzwiak in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Arthur Edens in Michael Clayton (2007), Author in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

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The SAS: Rise of the Black Swan cast also includes Owain Yeoman (The Mentalist, Emergence), Jing Lusi (Crazy Rich Asians, Gangs of London), Richard McCabe (Notting Hill, The Constant Gardener), Douglas Reith (The Queen, Downton Abbey) and Anne Reid (Hot Fuzz, Sandition).

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

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