Know the Cast: ‘Swan Song’

Swan Song Cast - Every Performer and Character in the 2021 Apple TV+ Movie

The Swan Song cast features Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris and Awkwafina. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Benjamin Cleary’s 2021 Apple TV+ movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Swan Song follows a dying man who intends to be cloned. By secretly providing his family with a double, Cameron Turner can help his wife cope with emotional trauma from the past. The storyline explores the ethics of the protagonist’s decisions, and whether or not his clone, Jack, is a worthy replacement. Here’s every main performer and character in Swan Song.

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Swan Song Cast: Mahershala Ali as Cameron Turner

Swan Song Cast - Mahershala Ali as Cameron Turner

Character Profile: A husband and father suffering from a terminal illness. He’s an artist who meets with a psychologist and tech innovator at Arra House. Cameron must decide if a clone named Jack could seamlessly replace him without any his any of his family members knowing.

Ali’s Resume: Richard Tyler in The 4400 (2014-17), Remy Danton in House of Cards (2013-16), Juan in Moonlight (2016), Dr. Donald Shirley in Green Book (2018), Wayne Hays in True Detective (2019)

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Swan Song Cast: Naomie Harris as Poppy Turner

Swan Song Cast - Naomie Harris as Poppy Turner

Character Profile: Cameron’s wife. She teaches kids with learning difficulties through music therapy. In the past, she struggled after her twin brother’s death. Incidentally, Cameron believes that his clone could benefit Poppy and their son, Cory.

Harris’ Resume: Selena in 28 Days Later… (2002), Eve in the James Bond Movie Franchise (2012-), Paula in Moonlight (2016), Helen in The Third Day (2020), Frances Barrison/Shriek in Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)

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Swan Song Cast: Awkwafina as Kate

Swan Song Cast - Awkwafina as Kate

Character Profile: A sick woman who was cloned before Cameron. Ali’s character meets with her double while researching Arra House. Kate shares an oncologist with Cameron.

Awkwafia’s Resume: Christine in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (2016), Constance in Ocean’s Eight (2018), Peik Lin Goh in Crazy Rich Asians (2018), Billi in The Farewell (2019), Nora in Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens (2020-), Katy in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)

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Swan Song Cast: Glenn Close as Jo Scott

Swan Song Cast - Glenn Close as Jo Scott

Character Profile: A doctor at Arra House. She helps prepare Cameron for a clone switch. Jo supports her clients but also needs to ensure that doubles are fully prepared before integrating into the lives of others.

Close’s Resume: Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction (1987), Marquise de Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Patty Hewes in Damages (2007-12), Lady Edith de Haviland in Crooked House (2017), Mamaw in Hillbilly Elegy (2020)

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Swan Song Cast: Nyasha Hatendi as Andre

Swan Song Cast - Nyasha Hatendi as Andre

Character Profile: Poppy’s twin brother. In the past, he died after being thrown from a mountain bike. Andre’s death led to Poppy staying at home for over one year.

Hateni’s Resume: Thomas Lumumba in The Good Shepherd (2006), Leon in Casual (2015-18), Scott in Replicas (2018), Oliver Frankel in Hunters (2020), Smithers in Alex Rider (2020-)

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Swan Song Cast: Adam Beach as Dalton

Swan Song Cast - Adam Beach as Dalton

Character Profile: A psychologist and head technician at Arra House. He urges Cameron to stay in his memories during tests. Dalton informs Ali’s character about the details of Jack’s lens feed.

Beach’s Resume: Ben Yahzee in Windtalkers (2002), Ira Hayes in Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Nat Colorado in Cowboys & Aliens (2011), Black Hawk in Hostiles (2017), Edward Nappo in The Power of the Dog (2021)

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The Swan Song cast also includes Lee Shorten (The Man in the High Castle, The Terror), Dax Rey (The Good Place, Wish Upon a Unicorn), Aiden Adejuwon (feature debut), Ace LeVere (feature debut), Cayden Shena (feature debut) and JayR Tinaco (Another Life, Always Be My Maybe).

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