Know the Cast & Characters: ‘The Black Phone’

The Black Phone Cast - Every Main Performer and Character in the 2021 Movie

The Black Phone cast features Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw and Ethan Hawke. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Scott Derrickson’s 2021 movie on Peacock. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

The Black Phone takes place in 1978 Denver. As a serial killer terrorizes a community, two siblings worry about their safety while living with an abusive father. The story ramps up when one of the children crosses paths with “The Grabber.” Here’s every main performer and character in The Black Phone, an adaptation of Joe Hill’s 2004 short story.

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The Black Phone Cast: Mason Thames as Finney

The Black Phone Cast on Peacock - Mason Thames as Finney

Character Profile: A teenager in suburban Denver. He experiences bullying at school and lives in a violent home. Finney gets kidnapped by a serial killer and receives supernatural phone calls from past victims.

Thames’ Resume: Liam in After Omelas (2017), Daniel Stevens in For All Mankind (2019), Robbie in Evel (2020), Young Walker in Walker (2021-)

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The Black Phone Cast: Madeleine McGraw as Gwen

The Black Phone Cast on Peacock - Madeleine McGraw as Gwen

Character Profile: Finney’s sister. She is a rebellious girl and a fan of the actor Danny Bonaduce. Gwen experiences premonitions while dreaming.

McGraw’s Resume: McKenna in American Sniper (2014), Amber Barnes in Outcast (2016-17), Bonnie in Toy Story 4 (2019), Zoey Campbell in Secrets of Sulphur Springs (2021-), Young Katie in The Mitchells vs the Machines (2021)

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The Black Phone Cast: Ethan Hawke as The Grabber

The Black Phone Cast on Peacock - Ethan Hawke as The Grabber

Character Profile: A serial killer. He terrorizes a suburban community and uses black balloons while abducting victims. The Grabber kidnaps Finney and waits for him to plot an escape.

Hawke’s Resume: Todd Anderson in Dead Poets Society (1989), Jake in Training Day (2001), Jesse in the Before Sunrise Trilogy (1995-2013), John Brown in The Good Lord Bird (2020), Arthur Harrow in Moon Knight (2022)

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The Black Phone Cast: Jeremy Davies as Terrence

The Black Phone Cast on Peacock - Jeremy Davies as Terrence

Character Profile: Finney and Gwen’s father. He is an irritable and abusive man who works for Rocky Flats Nuclear Facility. Terrence worries that Gwen will turn out like his late wife.

Davies’ Resume: Laurence in Twister (1996), Corporal Upham in Saving Private Ryan (1998), Dr. Daniel Faraday/Daniel Widmore in Lost (2008-10), Dickie Bennett in Justified (2011-15), Al in The House That Jack Built (2018)

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The Black Phone Cast: James Ransone as Max

The Black Phone Cast on Peacock - James Ransone as Max

Character Profile: A man who is questioned about Finney’s disappearance. He lives in Durango and obsesses about The Grabber. Max has a unique connection to the focal serial killer.

Ransone’s Resume: Chester “Ziggy” Sobotka in The Wire (2003), Josh Ray Person in Generation Kill (2008), Deputy in Sinister (2012), Eddie Kaspbrak in It Chapter Two (2019), Reiss Julian in SEAL Team (2020)

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The Black Phone cast also includes E. Roger Mitchell (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Equalizer), Troy Rudeseal (The 24th, Halloween Kills), Miguel Cazarez Mora (movie debut), Rebecca Clarke (movie debut) and J. Gaven Wilde (Halloween Kills, The Righteous Gemstones).

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