2020s

Know the Cast: ‘All the Old Knives’

All the Old Knives Cast - Every Performer and Character in the Amazon Movie

The All the Old Knives cast features Chris Pine, Thandiwe Newton and Laurence Fishburne. This info article contains minor spoilers for Janus Metz Pedersen’s 2022 Amazon movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

All the Old Knives follows a CIA agent who investigates a 2012 hijacking. Henry Pelham reunites with his former colleague/lover, Celia Harrison, and receives a better understanding of the events that preceded the incident in question. As the characters meet at Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, flashback sequences reveal the truth about a government informant named Ilyas Shushani. Here’s every main performer and character in All the Old Knives, an adaptation of Olen Steinhauer’s 2015 novel.

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All the Old Knives Cast: Chris Pine as Henry Pelham

All the Old Knives Cast - Chris Pine as Henry Pelham

Character Profile: A veteran CIA agent. He investigates a re-opened hijacking case and gets assigned to interview his former colleague/lover. Henry tries to determine if the CIA’s Vienna office leaked internal information, all the while hiding a few big secrets.

Pine’s Resume: Kirk in Star Trek (2009), Toby Howard in Hell or High Water (2016), Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman (2017), Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018), James Harper in The Contractor (2022)

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All the Old Knives Cast: Thandiwe Newton as Celia Harrison

All the Old Knives Cast - Thandiwe Newton as Celia Harrison

Character Profile: Henry’s former lover, a retired CIA agent. In the present timeline, she explains her behavior after the hijacking tragedy. Celia knows a secret about Henry and challenges him to reveal the truth about his connection to an informant.

Newton’s Resume: Cookie in Gridlock’d (1997), Nyah Hall in Mission: Impossible II (2000), Christine in Crash (2004), Maeve Millay in Westworld (2016-), Emily “Watts” Sanders in Reminiscence (2021)

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All the Old Knives Cast: Laurence Fishburne as Vick Wallinger

All the Old Knives Cast - Laurence Fishburne as Vick Wallinger

Character Profile: Henry’s CIA boss. He leads an investigation into a 2012 hijacking. Vick intends to find a mole in the Vienna office while protecting crucial information from Henry.

Fishburne’s Resume: Tyrone “Clean” Miller in Apocalypse Now (1979), Morpheus in The Matrix Movie Franchise (1999-), Whitey Powers in Mystic River (2003), Dr. Ellis Cheever in Contagion (2011), Pops in Black-ish (2014-)

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All the Old Knives Cast: Jonathan Pryce as Bill Compton

All the Old Knives Cast - Jonathan Pryce as Bill Compton

Character Profile: Celia’s mentor, a CIA agent. He questions Henry about an informant named Ilyas and gets accused of using his wife as a reason to leave work. Bill is positioned as a potential mole given that someone called a number in Iran from his office.

Pryce’s Resume: James Lingk in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), Elliot Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), High Sparrow in Game of Thrones (2015-16), Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio/Pope Francis in The Two Popes (2019), David Cartwright in Slow Horses (2022-)

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All the Old Knives Cast: Orli Shuka as Ilyas Shushani

All the Old Knives Cast - Orli Shuka as Ilyas Shushani

Character Profile: Henry’s informant. He escaped Grozny in the 90s and provided intel on Moscow’s Chechen community. Ilyas manipulates Henry and Celia as part of a master plan.

Shuka’s Resume: Nikolla Kabashi in Hyena (2014), Macedonian Guard #1 in War Machine (2017), Robert in EastEnders (2018), Luan in Gangs of London (2020), Artem in Save Me (2020)

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The All the Old Knives cast also includes David Dawson (Ripper Street, The Last Kingdom), Ahd Kamel (Collateral, Honour), Corey Johnson (The Mauritanian, Morbius), Abdul Alshareef (Gretel & Hansel, Foundation) and Michael Shaeffer (Kingdom of Heaven, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story).

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