Know the Cast: ‘Moonshot’

Moonshot Cast - Every Performer and Character in the HBO Max Movie

The Moonshot cast features Cole Sprouse, Lana Condor and Mason Gooding. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Chris Winterbauer’s 2022 HBO Max movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Moonshot follows two college students in the year 2049. Walt, a barista, hopes to join a space program after being rejected several times. Sophie, an eco reconstruction expert, intends to reunite with her boyfriend on Mars. When Walt sneaks onto a Kovi Industries craft, he’s forced to explain himself to fellow passengers while becoming a social media phenomenon. Here’s every main performer and character in Moonshot.

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Moonshot Cast: Cole Sprouse as Walt

Moonshot Cast - Cole Sprouse as Walt

Character Profile: An easy-going college student. He dreams of an idealized romance with a female astronaut that he met at a college party. Walt obsesses about the Kovi Industries Student Mars Program and manages to sneak onto a craft.

Sprouse’s Resume: Patrick Kelly in Grace Under Fire (1993-98), Julian “Frankenstien” McGrath in Big Daddy (1999), Ben Geller in Friends (2000-02), Jughead Jones in Riverdale (2017-), Will in Five Feet Apart (2019-)

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Moonshot Cast: Lana Condor as Sophie

Moonshot Cast - Lana Condor as Sophie

Character Profile: An eco reconstruction expert whose orb is broken by Walt at a party. She is afraid of flying and dances to relieve tension. Sophie develops a friendship with Walt while reflecting about her romantic relationship with a well-to-do student named Calvin.

Condor’s Resume: Jubilee in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), Li in Patriots Day (2016), Lara Jean in the To All the Boys Movie Trilogy (2018-21), Koyomi in Alita: Battle Angel (2019), Casey McGarry in BoJack Horseman (2019)

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Moonshot Cast: Mason Gooding as Calvin

Moonshot Cast - Mason Gooding as Calvin

Character Profile: Sophie’s boyfriend. He is a terraforming expert who plans to return to Earth in nine months. Calvin spends time with his family on Mars and wonders about Walt’s motivations.

Gooding’s Resume: Parker Jones in Ballers (2018), Jeb in Let It Snow (2019), Nick in Booksmart (2019), Andrew in Love, Victor (2020-), Chad Meeks-Martin in Scream (2022)

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Moonshot Cast: Emily Rudd as Ginny

Moonshot Cast - Emily Rudd as Ginny

Character Profile: An astrophysics major. She bonds with Walt at a party and then leaves for Mars the next day. Ginny doesn’t fully understand the intentions of Sprouse’s character.

Rudd’s Resume: Miranda in Sea Change (2017), Kim in Electric Dreams (2018), Ella Hopkins in The Romanoffs (2018), Heidi in Dynasty (2020), Cindy Berman in the Fear Street Movie Trilogy (2021)

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Moonshot Cast: Christine Adams as Jan

Moonshot Cast - Christine Adams as Jan

Character Profile: Calvin’s mother. She helped raised Sophie after a familial tragedy. Jan provides emotional support to Condor’s character and tells her that she is “allowed to change.”

Adams’ Resume: Jessica in Batman Begins (2005), Claire Atkinson in TRON: Legacy (2010), Agent Weaver in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014-15), Dr. Lynn Stewart in Black Lightning (2018-21)

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Moonshot Cast: Michelle Buteau as Captain Tarter

Moonshot Cast - Michelle Buteau as Captain Tarter

Character Profile: A Kovi Industries astronaut. She has a high IQ and loves to dance. Captain Tarter keeps a close eye on Walt when he sneaks onto a Kovi Industries craft.

Buteau’s Resume: Beck in The Tick (2017), Veronica in Always Be My Maybe (2019), Bree Washington in First Wives Club (2019-21), Trudy in Happiest Season (2020), Melissa in Marry Me (2022)

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Moonshot Cast: Zach Braff as Leon Kovi

Moonshot Cast - Zach Braff as Leon Kovi

Character Profile: The head of Kovi Industries. He secretly tracks Walt’s progress and leaks footage that makes him a social media star. Leon allows the stowaway to remain on the craft for promotional purposes.

Braff’s Resume: Dr. John “J.D.” Dorian in Scrubs (2001-10), Andrew Largeman in Garden State (2004), Frank/Finley in Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), Aidan Bloom in Wish I Was Here (2014), Paul Baker in Cheaper by the Dozen (2022)

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The Moonshot cast also includes Cameron Esposito (Take My Wife, A Million Little Things), Sunita Deshpande (The Ridge: Origins, Daredevil), Davey Johnson (The Art of Self-Defense, Silicon Valley), Lukas Gage (Euphoria, The White Lotus) and Jason MacDonald (The Vampire Diaries, Welcome to Flatch).

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