Know the Cast & Characters: ‘Thirteen Lives’

The Thirteen Lives cast features Viggo Mortensen, Colin Farrell and Joel Edgerton. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Ron Howard’s 2022 Amazon movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Thirteen Lives tells the true story of British divers who volunteer for a dangerous mission in Thailand. After 12 children and their soccer coach get trapped in a cave, a group of Thai Navy Seals strategize with the local authorities. Meanwhile, a member of the British Cave Rescue Council proposes a complicated solution. Here’s every main performer and character in Thirteen Lives.

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Thirteen Lives Cast: Viggo Mortensen as Richard Stanton

Character Profile: A diver for the British Cave Rescue Council. He jokes about not liking kids and worries about how to safely extract people from a cave. Richard takes a “package delivery” approach during his mission.

Mortensen’s Resume: Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings Movie Franchise (2001-03), Nikolai in Eastern Promises (2007), Ben in Captain Fantastic (2016), Tony Lip in Green Book (2018), Saul Tenser in Crimes of the Future (2022)

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Thirteen Lives Cast: Colin Farrell as John Volanthen

Character Profile: A diver for the British Cave Rescue Council. He’s an IT specialist and a family man. John reaches out to an anesthetist friend to assist with a rescue mission.

Farrell’s Resume: Jim Street in S.W.A.T. (2003), Sonny Crockett in Miami Vice (2006), Ray in In Bruges (2008), David in The Lobster (2015), Oz/The Penguin in The Batman (2022)

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Thirteen Lives Cast: Joel Edgerton as Richard Harris

Character Profile: An anesthetist. He joins the rescue mission but feels reluctant about administering ketamine to the missing children and their coach. Richard plays a crucial role in the operation while thinking about his sick father.

Edgerton’s Resume: Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby (2013), Gordo in The Gift (2015), Richard in Loving (2016), Ridgeway in The Underground Railroad (2021), Owen Lars in Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022)

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Thirteen Lives Cast: Tom Bateman as Chris Jewell

Character Profile: A rescue diver. He is hand-picked by Richard and John. Chris struggles during the mission but listens closely to advice from fellow divers.

Bateman’s Resume: Bouc in Murder on the Orient Express (2017), James in Snatched (2017), Trevor “Viking” Calcote in Cold Pursuit (2019), John Beecham in Beecham House (2019), David in Behind Her Eyes (2021)

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The Thirteen Lives cast also includes Paul Gleeson (The Thin Red Line, Men’s Group), Nophand Boonyai (Only God Forgives, No Escape), Girati Sugiyama (movie debut), Teeradon Supapunpinyo (Bad Genius, Homestay) and Pasakorn Hoyhon (movie debut).

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