Know the Cast: ‘Spiderhead’

Spiderhead Cast - Every Performer and Character in the Netflix Movie

The Spiderhead cast features Chris Hemsworth, Miles Teller and Jurnee Smollett. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Joseph Kosinski’s 2022 Netflix movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Spiderhead takes place at an island prison. Steve Abnesti conducts experiments on inmates that affect their emotions. Meanwhile, a prisoner named Jeff develops a romantic relationship with a fellow chef while learning about the warden’s true motivations. Here’s every main performer and character in Spiderhead, an adaptation of George Saunders’ 2010 short story “Escape from Spiderhead.”

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Spiderhead Cast: Chris Hemsworth as Steve Abnesti

Spiderhead Cast on Netflix - Chris Hemsworth as Steve Abnesti

Character Profile: The founder of Abnesti Pharmaceuticals. He develops a “love drug” and promotes a “cultural of mutual respect.” Steve pretends to be a prison warden and often speaks about being abandoned by his father as an eight-year-old.

Hemsworth’s Resume: George Kirk in Star Trek (2009), Curt in The Cabin in the Woods (2011), Thor in the MCU (2012-), The Huntsman in Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Nicholas Hathaway in Blackhat (2015)

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Spiderhead Cast: Miles Teller as Jeff

Spiderhead Cast on Netflix - Miles Teller as Jeff

Character Profile: A Spiderhead inmate who pursues a relationship with a prisoner named Lizzy. He works as a chef and frequently draws with an Etch A Sketch. Jeff participates in tests that allow him to temporarily forget about a traumatic experience from the past.

Teller’s Resume: Sutter in Andrew in Whiplash (2014), Peter in Divergent (2014), Martin Jones in Too Old to Die Young (2019), Albert S. Ruddy in The Offer (2022), Bradley “Rooster” Bradshaw in Top Gun: Maverick (2022)

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Spiderhead Cast: Jurnee Smollett as Lizzy

Spiderhead Cast on Netflix - Jurnee Smollett as Lizzy

Character Profile: Jeff’s love interest. She works as chef and talks about her past experiences at a group home. Lizzy is from Prescott, Arizona and hides a secret from Jeff.

Smollett’s Resume: Eve Batiste in Eve’s Bayou (1997), Jess Merriweather in Friday Night Lights (2000-11), Nicole Wright in True Blood (2013-14), Dinah Lance/Black Canary in Birds of Prey (2020), Letitia “Leti” Lewis in Lovecraft Country (2020)

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Spiderhead Cast: Mark Paguio as Mark Verlaine

Spiderhead Cast on Netflix - Mark Paguio as Mark Verlaine

Character Profile: Steve’s assistant. He administers drugs to inmate patients and adjusts their MobiPaks. Mark develops a friendship with Jeff and doesn’t fully trust Steve.

Paguio’s Resume: Parish Priest in Bump (2021), Jose in The Unusual Suspects (2021), Jerry in Lonesome (2022)

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Spiderhead Cast: Tess Haubrich as Heather

Spiderhead Cast on Netflix - Tess Haubrich as Heather

Character Profile: A Spiderhead inmate. She has sex with Jeff during a “love drug” test. Heather lashes out during a Darkenfloxx overdose.

Haubrich’s Resume: Cashier in The Wolverine (2013), Lisa Carmichael in Infini (2015), Rosenthal in Alien: Covenant (2017), Rebecca in Wolf Creek (2017), Samantha McKenna in Treadstone (2019)

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The Spiderhead cast also includes Daniel Reader (Young Rock, Joe vs. Carole), Sam Delich (Mr Inbetween, RFDS), Ron Smyck (Nekrotronic, Pieces of Her), BeBe Bettencourt (The Dry, Eden), Joey Vieira (Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Reef Break) and Ben Knight.

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