Know the Cast: ’21 Jump Street’

21 Jump Street Cast - Every Performer and Character in the 2012 Movie

The 21 Jump Street cast features Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum and Brie Larson. This info article contains minor spoilers for Phil Lord and Christopher Miller’s 2012 movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

21 Jump Street follows two police officers who conduct an undercover investigation at Sagan High School. Greg Jenko pretends to be a bully while his faux-brother Morton Schmidt tries to act naturally. The protagonists intend to take down a drug distribution ring but don’t realize the complexity of the operation. Meanwhile, Sagan High senior Molly Tracey keeps an eye on the new students and her drug-dealing pal, Eric. Here’s every main player in 21 Jump Street, a buddy cop movie based on the eponymous 80s TV show.

21 Jump Street Cast: Jonah Hill as Morton Schmidt

21 Jump Street - Jonah Hill as Morton Schmidt

Character Profile: A member of the Jump Street police division. He’s an insecure character who stresses out during an undercover mission at Sagan High School. Schmidt makes fun of his partner and develops a romance with an 18-year-old high school student.

Hill’s Resume: Jonah in Knocked Up (2007), Seth in Superbad (2007), Peter Brand in Moneyball (2011), Donnie Azoff in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Owen Milgrim in Maniac (2018)

21 Jump Street Cast: Channing Tatum as Greg Jenko

21 Jump Street - Channing Tatum as Greg Jenko

Character Profile: Schmidt’s partner. He attracts the attention of multiple Sagan High teachers because of his physique. Jenko wants to prove that he’s a thoughtful and intelligent man.

Tatum’s Resume: Pretty Boy Floyd in Public Enemies (2009), Magic Mike in Magic Mike (2012), Mark Schultz in Foxcatcher (2014), Jody in The Hateful Eight (2015), Jimmy Logan in Logan Lucky (2017)

21 Jump Street Cast: Brie Larson as Molly Tracey

21 Jump Street - Brie Larson as Molly Tracey

Character Profile: An 18-year-old Sagan High senior. She bonds with Schmidt during their drama class and maintains a close friendship with a drug dealer named Eric. Molly pursues a relationship with Schmidt.

Larson’s Resume: Kate Gregson in United States of Tara (2009-11), Grace in Short Term 12 (2013), Ma in Room (2015), Mason Weaver in Kong: Skull Island (2017), Carol Danvers in the MCU (2019-)

21 Jump Street Cast: Dave Franco as Eric Molson

21 Jump Street - Dave Franco as Eric Molson

Character Profile: An Alph Male at Sagan High School. He distributes the synthetic drug H.F.S. and plans to attend the University of California, Berkeley. Eric bonds with Schmidt but doesn’t like Jenko.

Franco’s Resume: Jack Wilder in Now You See Me (2013), Pete in Neighbors (2014), Ian in Nerve (2016), Greg/Mark in The Disaster Artist (2017), Six in 6 Underground (2019)

21 Jump Street Cast: Rob Riggle as Mr. Walters

21 Jump Street - Rob Riggle as Mr. Walters

Character Profile: A physical education teacher at Sagan High. He is impressed by Jenko’s muscle tone. Mr. Walters hides a big secret about his private life.

Riggle’s Resume: Saturday Night Live Cast Member (2004-05), Himself in The Daily Show (2006-15), Randy in Step Brothers (2008), Officer Franklin in The Hangover (2009), Gil Thorpe in Modern Family (2013-19)

21 Jump Street Cast: DeRay Davis as Domingo

21 Jump Street - DeRay Davis as Domingo

Character Profile: Eric’s boss. He’s a no-nonsense character who remembers seeing Schmidt and Jenko in the past. Domingo learns about a mole in his inner circle.

Davis’ Resume: Spooner in The Fog (2005), Marvin in Scary Movie 4 (2006), Joel in License to Wed (2007), Bee Bee Ellis in Semi-Pro (2008), Peaches in Snowfall (2018-)

21 Jump Street Cast: Ice Cube as Captain Dickson

21 Jump Street - Ice Cube as Captain Dickson

Character Profile: The Jump Street captain. He greenlights an undercover operation at Sagan High School. Captain Dickson doesn’t worry about politically correct communication.

Ice Cube’s Resume: A Founding Member of N.W.A. — Also, Doughboy in Boyz n the Hood (1991), Craig Jones in Friday (1995), James Payton in Ride Along (2014), Darius Stone in xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)

21 Jump Street Cast: Chris Parnell as Mr. Gordon

21 Jump Street - Chris Parnell as Mr. Gordon

Character Profile: A Sagan High drama teacher from Albany, New York. He once had cocaine with Willie Nelson’s horse. Mr. Gordon accepts Schmidt into his drama club after a drug-fueled performance.

Parnell’s Resume: Saturday Night Live Cast Member (1998-2006), Garth Holliday in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Dr. Leo Spaceman in 30 Rock (2006-13), Theo in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007), Jerry Smith in Rick and Morty (2013-)

21 Jump Street Cast: Ellie Kemper as Ms. Griggs

21 Jump Street - Ellie Kemper as Ms. Griggs

Character Profile: A Sagan High science teacher. She flirts with Schmidt and believes that he may be interested in a romantic relationship .

Kemper’s Resume: Erin Hannon in The Office (2009-13), Becca in Bridesmaids (2011), Kimmy Schmidt in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015-19), Phyllis in The Lego Batman Movie (2017), Jenna Jones in The Stand In (2020)


The 21 Jump Street cast also includes Jake Johnson (New Girl, Stumptown), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation, Devs), Dax Flame (Project X, The Watch), Johnny Pemberton (In the Loop, Superstore), Stanley Wong (The Big Short, Pretty Dudes) and Dakota Johnson (The Social Network, Fifty Shades of Grey). In addition, the movie features special appearances from original members of the 21 Jump Street TV show cast: Johnny Depp, Holly Robinson Peete and Peter DeLuise.

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

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