The Drive cast features Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and Bryan Cranston. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 movie on Tubi. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.
Drive centers on an unnamed criminal in Los Angeles. Upon meeting a young woman and her young son, the focal antihero protects them from local baddies. The narrative follows the Driver as he gets mixed up with L.A. mobsters. Here’s every main actor and character in Drive, an adaptation of James Sallis’ 2005 novel.
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Drive Cast: Ryan Gosling as Driver
Character Profile: A professional getaway driver. He earns extra money by working as a stunt man. The Driver vows to protect a young woman and her son.
Gosling’s Resume: Noah in The Notebook (2004), Dan Dunne in Half Nelson (2006), Dean in Blue Valentine (2010), Sebastian in La La Land (2016), Six in The Gray Man (2022)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast & Characters: ‘Kaleidoscope’
Drive Cast: Carey Mulligan as Irene
Character Profile: The Driver’s love interest. She has a young son named Benicio. Irene develops a friendship with the Driver just as her husband returns home from prison.
Mulligan’s Resume: Kitty Bennett in Pride & Prejudice (2005), Kathy in Never Let Me Go (2010), Sissy in Shame (2011), Maud Watts in Suffragette (2015), Megan Twohey in She Said (2022)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast & Characters: ‘She Said’
Drive Cast: Bryan Cranston as Shannon
Character Profile: A garage owner. He employs the Driver and wants to start a race team. Shannon is an unlucky man who borrows money from mobsters.
Cranston’s Resume: Hal Wilkerson in Malcolm in the Middle (2000-06), Walter White in Breaking Bad (2008-13), Jack O’Donnell in Argo (2012), Dalton Trumbo in Trumbo (2015), Michael Desiato in Your Honor (2020-)
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Drive Cast: Albert Brooks as Bernie Rose
Character Profile: Shannon’s business investor. He is a mobster and former movie producer. Bernie agrees to invest $300,000 in Shannon’s racing venture.
Brooks’ Resume: Tom in Taxi Driver (1976), David Howard in Lost in America (1985), Aaron Altman in Broadcast News (1987), Daniel Miller in Defending Your Life (1991), Marlin in Finding Nemo (2003)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast & Characters: ‘Kindred’
Drive Cast: Oscar Isaac as Standard
Character Profile: Irene’s husband. He arrives home from prison and discovers that the Driver is close with his wife. Standard owes protection money to underworld figures.
Isaac’s Resume: Llewyn Davis in Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Poe Dameron in the Star Wars Franchise (2015-), Nick Wasicsko in Show Me a Hero (2015), Duke Leto Atreides in Dune (2021), Marc Spector/Moon Knight in Moon Knight (2022)
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Drive Cast: Christina Hendricks as Blanche
Character Profile: A Los Angeles criminal. She participates in a robbery with the Driver. Blanche colludes with an Albanian gangster.
Hendricks’ Resume: Joan Harris in Mad Men (2007-15), Billy in Lost River (2014), Roberta Hoffmann in The Neon Demon (2016), Cindy in The Strangers: Prey at Night (2018), Beth Boland in Good Girls (2018-)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast & Characters: ‘The Big 4’
Drive Cast: Ron Perlman as Nino
Character Profile: A pizzeria owner. He is a half-Italian, half-Jewish mobster who works with Bernie. Nino orders a hit on the Driver to cover his tracks.
Perlman’s Resume: Vincent in Beauty and the Beast (1987-90), Hellboy in Hellboy (2004), Clay Morrow in Sons of Anarchy (2008-13), Pernell Harris in Hand of God (2014-17), Bruno in Nightmare Alley (2021)
Read More at VV — Know the Cast & Characters: ‘1923’
The Drive cast also includes:
- Kaden Leos as Benicio
- Jeff Wolfe as Tan Suit
- James Biberi as Cook
- Russ Tamblyn as Doc
- Joe Bucaro III as Chauffeur
- Tiara Parker as Young Woman
- Tim Trella as Hitman #1
- Jimmy Hart as Hitman #2
- Tina Huang as Waitress
- Andy San Dimas as Stripper
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