Know the Cast & Characters: ‘The Son’

The Son Cast - Every Actor and Character in the 2022 Movie on Netflix

The Son cast features Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern and Vanessa Kirby. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Florian Zeller’s 2022 movie on Netflix. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

The Son explores the relationship between a lawyer and his depressed teenage child. As Peter looks after his second kid with a second wife, he receives troubling familial news. The narrative follows the main protagonist as he tries to understand the motivations and perspective of his first-born child. Here’s every actor and character in The Son, an adaptation of Florian Zeller’s play Le Fils.

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The Son Cast: Hugh Jackman as Peter

The Son Cast on Netflix - Hugh Jackman as Peter

Character Profile: An American lawyer. He is a wealthy man who lives with his second wife. Peter refuses to accept that his son needs serious long-term help for suicidal behavior.

Jackman’s Resume: Logan in the X-Men Movie Franchise (2000-), Van Helsing in Van Helsing (2004), Robert Angier in The Prestige (2006), Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (2012), P.T. Barbum in The Greatest Showman (2017)

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The Son Cast: Laura Dern as Kate

The Son Cast on Netflix - Laura Dern as Kate Miller

Character Profile: Peter’s ex-wife. She worries about causing mental health problems for her son. Kate struggles with her decision-making process while listening to advice from doctors.

Dern’s Resume: Sandy Williams in Blue Velvet (1986), Lula in Wild at Heart (1990), Ellie in Jurassic Park (1993), Bobbi in Wild (2014), Nora Fanshaw in Marriage Story (2019)

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The Son Cast: Vanessa Kirby as Beth

The Son Cast on Netflix - Vanessa Kirby as Beth

Character Profile: Peter’s second wife. She is a cynical woman who looks after her young son. Beth worries about Nicholas’ mental health.

Kirby’s Resume: Princess Margaret in The Crown (2016-22), The White Widow in Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018), Hattie in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019), Martha in Pieces of a Woman (2020), Tallie in The World to Come (2020)

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The Son Cast: Zen McGrath as Nicholas Miller

The Son Cast on Netflix - Zen McGrath as Nicholas Miller

Character Profile: Peter and Kate’s son. He suffers from acute depression. Nicholas struggles to process emotional trauma from the past.

McGrath’s Resume: Young Ivan in Aloft (2014), Josh in Dig (2015), Theo Carter in Red Dog: True Blue (2016), Daniel in Utopia (2019)

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The Son Cast: Anthony Hopkins as Anthony Miller

The Son Cast on Netflix - Anthony Hopkins as Anthony Miller

Character Profile: Peter’s father. He is a wealthy businessman who lives in Washington D.C. Anthony makes dismissive statements when speaking to Peter about the past.

Hopkins’ Resume: Richard in The Lion in Winter (1968), Dr. Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Odin in the MCU (2011-), Alfred Hitchcock in Hitchcock (2012), Dr. Robert Ford in Westworld (2016-18)

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The Son cast also includes:

  • Hugh Quarshie as Dr. Harris
  • Shin-Fei Chen as Alexandra
  • William Hope as Andrew
  • Akie Kotabe as Mr. Yama
  • Isaura Barbé-Brown as Sophia
  • Erick Hayden as Allan
  • Joseph Mydell as Brian
  • Rachel Handshaw as Brian’s Assistant
  • Danielle Lewis as Jessica
  • Hugh Quarshie as Doctor Harris

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