The Black Bird cast features Taron Egerton, Paul Walter Hauser and Sepideh Moafi. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Dennis Lehane’s Apple TV+ miniseries. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
Black Bird follows a convicted drug dealer named James Keene. While serving a 10-year sentence, he accepts an FBI offer to befriend a suspected serial killer at a high-security prison. The storyline explores Jim’s attempts to gain knowledge that will allow him to reunite with his ailing father. Here’s every main performer and character in Black Bird, an adaptation of James Keene’s 2010 novel In With The Devil: A Fallen Hero, A Serial Killer, and A Dangerous Bargain for Redemption.
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Black Bird Cast: Taron Egerton as James “Jim” Keene
Character Profile: A convicted drug dealer. He begins a 10-year jail stint and accepts an FBI deal that will theoretically commute his sentence. Jim transforms from a cocky inmate into an emotionally damaged and vulnerable individual; a ploy to gain knowledge from a suspected serial killer.
Egerton’s Resume: Gary “Eggsy” Unwin in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), Mad Teddy Smith in Legend (2015), Eddie Edwards in Eddie the Eagle (2015), Legend in Sing (2016), Elton John in Rocketman (2019)
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Black Bird Cast: Paul Walter Hauser as Larry Hall
Character Profile: A convict from Wabash, Indiana. He is a soft spoken man who reveals that he murders women in his dreams. Larry repeatedly changes his story and seems to enjoy attention from investigators and fellow inmates.
Hauser’s Resume: Keith in Kingdom (2014-17), Shawn in I, Tonya (2017), Ivanhoe in BlacKkKlansman (2018), Richard Jewell in Richard Jewell (2019), Horace in Cruella (2021)
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Black Bird Cast: Sepideh Moafi as Lauren McCauley
Character Profile: An FBI Agent. She trains James before he transfers to a high-security prison for an intelligence mission. Lauren takes a no-nonsense approach while assessing the behavior of colleagues and criminals.
Moafi’s Resume: Dr. Farrah Mahmoud in Black Box (2014), Megan Byrd in Notorious (2016), Loretta in The Deuce (2017-19), Gigi Ghorbani in The L Word: Generation Q (2019-), Niki in The Killing of Two Lovers (2020)
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Black Bird Cast: Greg Kinnear as Brian Miller
Character Profile: An Illinois investigator. He questions Larry about a series of murders. Brian worries about losing jurisdiction in a high-profile case.
Kinnear’s Resume: David Larrabee in Sabrina (1995), Simon Bishop in As Good as It Gets (1997), Frank Navasky in You’ve Got Mail (1998), Richard Hoover in Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Bill Shepherd in House of Cards (2018)
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Black Bird Cast: Ray Liotta as James “Big Jim” Keene
Character Profile: Jim’s father. He is a former cop who reunites with his son in prison. Big Jim’s declining health prompts Jim to accept an FBI offer that will commute his sentence.
Liotta’s Resume: Henry Hill in Goodfellas (1990), Henry Oak in Narc (2002), Markie Trattman in Killing Them Softly (2012), Matt Wozniak in Shades of Blue (2016-18), “Hollywood Dick” Moltisanti and Salvatore Moltisanti in The Many Saints of Newark (2021)
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The Black Bird cast also includes Robert Diago DoQui (Hatchet III, NCIS: New Orleans), Joe Williamson (Grey’s Anatomy, Ford v Ferrari), Alexander Babara (Triple 9, The Hunt), Jake McLaughlin (In the Valley of Elah, Quantico) and Cecilia Leal (Cloak & Dagger, Claws).
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