2010s

Know the Cast: ‘Wind River’

Wind River Cast - Every Main Performer and Character in the 2017 Movie

The Wind River cast features Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen and Jon Bernthal. This info article contains spoilers for Taylor Sheridan’s 2017 movie (now streaming on Netflix). Check out the Know the Cast section for more Vague Visages streaming guides.

Wind River explores a murder mystery on a Native American reservation in Wyoming. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agent named Cory Lambert hunts down a lion, and then discovers the corpse of an 18-year-old woman — the best friend of his daughter who passed away three years prior. Meanwhile, a female FBI agent arrives to investigate and quickly finds trouble. See below for a rundown of all the main players in Wind River.

Wind River Cast: Jeremy Renner as Cory Lambert

Wind River Cast (2017 Movie) - Jeremy Renner as Cory Lambert

Character Profile: A U.S. Fish and Wildlife agent at the Wind River Indian Reservation. His daughter Emily passed three years prior. Cory attempts to capture a lion but ends up hunting humans instead.

Renner’s Resume: Clint Barton/Hawkeye in the MCU (2011-), Jeffrey Dahmer in Dahmer (2002), William James in The Hurt Locker (2008), James Coughlin in The Town (2010), William Brandt in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015)

Wind River Cast: Elizabeth Olsen as Jane Banne

Wind River Cast (2017 Movie) - Elizabeth Olsen as Jane Banne

Character Profile: A FBI agent from Las Vegas. She’s originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and arrives at the Wind River Indian Reservation without appropriate clothing for the weather conditions. Jane is especially moved by conversations with Cory and his friends, and immediately finds herself in life-threatening situations.

Olsen’s Resume: Martha in Martha Marcy May Marlene (2011), Marie Sebastian in Oldboy (2013), Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch in the MCU (2013-), Taylor Sloane in Ingrid Goes West (2017), Leigh Shaw in Sorry for Your Loss (2018-19)

Wind River Cast: Graham Greene as Ben Shoyo

Wind River Cast (2017 Movie) - Graham Greene as Ben Shoyo

Character Profile: The Tribal Police Chief at Wind River Indian Reservation. He assists Corey and Agent Banne. Ben gets shot during a final act confrontation with drillers.

Greene’s Resume: Kicking Bird in Dances with Wolves (1990), Joseph in Maverick (1994), Arlen Bitterbuck in The Green Mile (1999), Malachi Strand in Longmire (2014-17), Littlecrow in Goliath (2019)

Wind River Cast: Kelsey Asbille as Natalie Hanson

Wind River Cast (2017 Movie) - Kelsey Asbille as Natalie Hanson

Character Profile: The best friend of Cory’s daughter who passed away. Renner’s character finds her corpse while hunting a lion. Flashbacks reveal that Natalie died after walking six miles in the snow upon being sexually assaulted.

Asbille’s Resume: Gigi in One Tree (2005-09), Tracy Stewart in Teen Wolf (2015-16), Rebecca in Gaslight (2019), Monica Dutton in Yellowstone (2018-20), Swanee Capps in Fargo (2020)

Wind River Cast: Gil Birmingham as Martin Hanson

Wind River Cast (2017 Movie) - Gil Birmingham as Martin Hanson

Character Profile: Natalie’s father. Corey urges him not to steer from his pain. Gil bonds with Renner’s character while attempting to find inner peace.

Birmingham’s Resume: Billy Black in the Twilight Movie Franchise (2008-12), Daniel Lanagin in House of Cards (2014), Alberto Parker in Hell or High Water (2016), Sheriff Dale Bishop in Siren (2018-20), Thomas Rainwater in Yellowstone (2018-20)

Wind River Cast: Julia Jones as Wilma Lambert

Wind River Cast (2017 Movie) - Julia Jones as Wilma Lambert

Character Profile: Corey’s ex-wife. She’s hoping to land a job in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Wilma is skeptical about life on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

Jones’ Resume: Dr. Kaya Montoya in ER (2008), Leah Clearwater in the Twilight Movie Franchise (2010-12), Gabriella Langton in Longmire (2015), Kohana in Westworld (2018), Stephanie in Goliath (2019)

Wind River Cast: Jon Bernthal as Matt Rayburn

Wind River Cast (2017 Movie) - Jon Bernthal as Matt Rayburn

Character Profile: A security contractor for a drill station. As Agent Banne approaches his trailer, a flashback sequence shows that he was murdered after colleagues raped his girlfriend, Natalie. The cover-up prompts a final act shoot-out.

Bernthal’s Resume: Shane Walsh in The Walking Dead (2010-18), Brad in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Grady “Coon-Ass” Travis in Fury (2014), Frank Castle/Punisher in The Punisher (2017-19), Ethan in Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021)

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The Wind River cast also includes Martin Sensmeier (The Magnificent Seven, Westworld), Apesanahkwat (Walker, Texas Ranger, Ray Donovan), Tantoo Cardinal (Dances with Wolves, Legends of the Fall), James Jordan (Yellowstone, Those Who Wish Me Dead), Hugh Dillon (Flashpoint, Yellowstone), Matthew Del Negro (The Sopranos, City on a Hill), Ian Bohen (Teen Wolf, Yellowstone) and Eric Lange (Narcos, Brand New Cherry Flavor).

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

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