The 2023 sci-fi thriller Simulant incorporates a star-studded forged together with the MCU’s Simu Liu in a significant starring position. Launched in its native Canada in April 2023, Simulant follows a not too long ago deceased man (Robbie Amell) who will get caught up in an A.I. revolution after his consciousness is transferred into a brand new artificial physique. Enjoying on traditional sci-fi tropes however with a contemporary twist, Simulant manages to seek out its personal manner of telling a Blade Runner-like story, and it does so with a hard-edged impartial aesthetic. Although it is not a tentpole franchise movie, Simulant manages to assemble a powerful forged of stars that helps to raise its well-worn premise.
Simulant is one more style movie from prolific Canadian actor and director April Mullen, and follows in a string of formidable initiatives like 2012’s Useless by Daybreak which she has helmed. As revealed within the trailer for Simulant, the comparatively small ensemble forged is made up of recognizable names and soon-to-be stars. The title that stands proud from the remaining is Liu, who arrived within the highlight together with his lead position in 2021’s Marvel movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Simulant is one more feather within the cap of the rising star.
Simu Liu As Casey
Liu joins the forged of Simulant as Casey, a hacker who frees Evan (Amell) of the constraints of being a simulant and concurrently ignites a revolution throughout the A.I. Although Liu had huge roles earlier than Shang-Chi, it was his appearances because the titular character in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings that made him a family title. Liu had beforehand starred as Jung Kim within the comedy sequence Kim’s Comfort, and he additionally performed the memorable recurring position of Faaron within the Taken TV sequence in 2017. In 2023, Liu will seem as Ken #2 within the tongue-in-cheek Barbie film from director Greta Gerwig.
Robbie Amell As Evan
Amell stars as Evan, a not too long ago deceased man whose consciousness is transferred right into a simulant physique, who seeks out Casey with a purpose to really feel once more. Amell’s best-known film roles got here as Wesley Rush within the underrated 2015 teen comedy The DUFF and his flip as Renton within the Netflix sci-fi film ARQ in 2016. Nonetheless, Amell’s most recognizable appearances are on TV, and he starred as Nathan Brown in 17 episodes of the sequence Add. Amell joined his cousin Stephen Amell as a part of The CW’s DC TV universe when he performed the character of Ronnie Raymond/Firestorm within the long-running Arrowverse superhero sequence The Flash.
Jordana Brewster As Faye
Performed by Jordana Brewster, Faye is Evan’s spouse who makes the choice to have her late husband’s consciousness transferred right into a simulant physique, whatever the penalties. Working persistently for the reason that Nineteen Nineties, Brewster first got here to prominence as Delilah Profitt within the 1998 teen horror movie The School however would quickly land the position of Mia Toretto in 2001’s The Quick and the Livid which might ceaselessly be her declare to fame. Although she has labored persistently on different initiatives outdoors the franchise, the Quick & Livid motion pictures are Brewster’s most well-known movies, and he or she seems within the forged of 2023’s Quick X.
Sam Worthington As Kessler
Additionally starring within the Simulant forged is Sam Worthington, who performs Kessler, an agent assigned to trace down rogue simulants who will cease at nothing to stop an A.I. revolution. Worthington is not any stranger to style motion pictures, and his most well-known works embrace fantasy movies like 2010’s Conflict of the Titans the place he performed Perseus, and as Marcus Wright within the 2009 sci-fi motion prequel Terminator Salvation. Regardless of these memorable roles, Worthington’s most recognizable half got here when he performed Jake Sully in 2009’s Avatar and its box-office-breaking sequel Avatar: The Means of Water. Worthington may even reprise his position in Avatar 3, which is slated for 2024.
Alicia Sanz as Esmé
Maybe one of many largest younger stars on the rise within the forged, Alicia Sanz performs Esmé, a rogue simulant who’s hunted by Agent Kessler all through the movie due to the secrets and techniques she accommodates concerning the A.I. revolution. Working primarily in her native Spain in the course of the early days of her profession, Sanz turned heads as Paloma Gutierrez in 5 episodes of the ill-fated horror sequence From Nightfall Until Daybreak in 2015. She performed Younger Sofia in eight episodes of the Apple TV+ authentic sequence Now and Then in 2022, however her most well-known position got here as Urraca in 10 episodes of the Prime Video unique wonderful medieval TV sequence El Cid.
Simulant Supporting Forged And Characters
Mayko Nguyen as Michiko Higashi – Heading up the supporting ensemble of characters in Simulants, Mayko Nguyen seems as Michiko Higashi, Casey’s former employer who runs the corporate that creates replicants. A veteran of different sci-fi and fantasy initiatives, Nguyen is most remembered for her starring within the sequence ReGenesis and as Delle within the SyFy Channel authentic sequence Killjoys. Nguyen additionally performed a smaller supporting position as Detective Dyer within the 2018 Netflix authentic movie Anon.
Masa Lizdek as Lisa – Performed by Masa Lizdek, Lisa is one other simulant android that’s efficiently hunted down by Agent Kessler to get data from her. Although Simulant is her largest position up to now, Lizdek appeared as an escaping Handmaid in three episodes of the wildly standard Hulu sequence The Handmaid’s Story, and in addition within the Showtime authentic sequence The Comey Rule as a background character.
Christine L. Nguyen as Ying Hong – Christine L. Nguyen joins the forged of Simulant as Ying Hong, a scientist who assists Agent Kessler. Nguyen had beforehand been seen in Star Trek: Discovery as an Engineer, and most famously, as Addison Harper in seven episodes of the sequence The Daring Sort.
Emmanuel Kabongo as Joshua – The character of Joshua is performed by Emmanuel Kabongo who’s greatest identified for his flip as Raj within the standard TV sequence Outer Banks. Kabongo additionally starred as Junior Lolo within the Netflix authentic sequence 21 Thunder in 2017.
Samantha Helt as Morgan – Rounding out the supporting forged of Simulants, Samantha Helt seems as Morgan. Helt is greatest identified for her starring position as Tiffany within the 2019 coming-of-age comedy movie Boys vs. Ladies, and he or she additionally appeared in a single episode of the Magnificence and the Beast TV sequence in 2014.