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Know the Cast: ‘Gaia’

Gaia Cast - Every Performer and Character in the 2021 Movie

The Gaia cast features Monique Rockman, Carel Nel, Alex van Dyk and Anthony Oseyemi. This info article contains minor spoilers for Jaco Bouwer’s 2019 thriller (now streaming on Hulu). Browse Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section for more streaming guides.

Gaia follows a South African forestry specialist who gets captured by two survivalists. She learns to embrace her new environment, even after learning about a fungus that ultimately penetrates her dreams. The 96-minute ecological thriller provides a social commentary about humanity and the destruction of Earth. Here’s every main performer and character in Gaia.

Gaia Cast: Monique Rockman as Gabi

Gaia Cast - Monique Rockman as Gabi

Character Profile: A member of South Africa’s forestry service. While looking for a drone near Tsitsikamma National Park, she encounters a survivalist and his son. Gabi learns about a fungus that infected humans in the area.

Rockman’s Resume: Teacher in Tussen as en hoop (2016), Beverley Kearns in Onder die Suiderkruis (2018), Pam Ismael in Number 37 (2018), Beatrice Mack in Die Spreeus (2019)

Gaia Cast: Carel Nel as Barend

Gaia Cast - Carel Nel as Barend

Character Profile: A former plant pathology scientist who lives in the Tsitsikamma forest. His wife Lily, a chemical engineer, died from bone cancer 13 years before the main events of the film. Barend despises technology, and he educates Gabi about the realities of his environment.

Nel’s Resume: Karel Niemand in Shepherds and Butchers (2016), Captain Davies in Roots (2016), Android Surgeon/Karl in Raised by Wolves (2020), Abraham Lincoln in Grant (2020), Male Tweeker in The Last Days of American Crime (2020)

Gaia Cast: Alex van Dyk as Stefan

Gaia Cast - Alex van Dyk as Stefan

Character Profile: Barend’s son who rarely speaks. He claims that his mother lives in the forest. Stefan develops a tight friendship with Gabi, which causes his father to make drastic decisions.

Van Dyk’s Resume: Pieter in The Harvesters (2018), Don Steenkamp in Griekwastad (2019), Sebastian in Klarinet (2021)

Gaia Cast: Anthony Oseyemi as Winston

Gaia Cast - Anthony Oseyemi as Winston

Character Profile: Gabi’s colleague. He disappears in the opening act. Winston re-emerges later with fungi all over his body.

Oseyemi’s Resume: Solomon Onyegu in Room 9 (2012-13), Jefferson in The Salvation (2014), General Joseph Kazumba in The Congo Murders (2018), Christopher in Agent (2019), Will in Dead Places (2021)

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The Gaia cast also includes David Casper Smith, Conway October and Enrico Sam.

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