Whatever Else You Think About Judd Apatow’s New Pandemic-Themed Movie The bubble, one thing that can’t be denied, is that the cast list includes big names from the worlds of comedy, television, and film.
The film follows the story of a group of actors isolated in a hotel with the aim of making an action film.
Netflix’s official synopsis reads, “Sneaking. To win over. To melt. The cast and crew of a hit action franchise attempt to shoot a sequel while quarantined in a fancy hotel.
From Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) and Iris Apatow (Knocked Up) to David Duchovny (The X Files), the film features a mix of big Hollywood stars and popular faces from the British comedy scene, while a number of A -pop-up listers for cameo appearances throughout the run.
Read on for everything you need to know about The Bubble’s cast, including who the actors play and where you might have seen them before – plus a list of cameos. But beware: some of the cameos will count as spoilers if you haven’t seen the movie yet.
Who is part of the cast of The Bubble on Netflix?
Karen Gillan as Carol Cobb
Who is Carol Cobb? An actress who returns to play the character of Dr. Lacey Nightingale in Cliff Beasts 6 after being absent from the last film in the franchise – in a desperate attempt to salvage her reputation after her disastrous turn in the critical review of Jerusalem Rising.
What else has Karen Gillan been into? Gillan first became a household name when she starred as Amy Pond alongside Matt Smith’s 11th Doctor in Doctor Who and has since launched a successful career in Hollywood. Her biggest big-screen roles include Nebula in the MCU, Ruby Roundhouse in the Jumanji franchise, and a starring role in 2021’s Gunpowder Milkshake.
Iris Apatow as Krystal Kris
Who is Crystal Kris? A TikTok superstar who joined the cast of Cliff Beasts 6 as character Vivian Joy and often treats her older co-stars with contempt.
What else has Iris Apatow been in? The daughter of director Judd Apatow and co-star Leslie Mann – and sister to Euphoria’s Maude Apatow – she has previously starred as a child actor in her father’s films Knocked Up, This Is 40 and Funny People .
David Duchovny plays Dustin Mulray
Who is Dustin Mulray? Main star of the Cliff Beasts franchise who plays a character named Dr. Hal Packard, Dustin is Lauren’s on-and-off love interest.
What else has David Duchovny been into? Duchovny is still best known for his iconic role as Fox Mulder in The X-Files, while other credits include Twin Peaks, Californication and a memorable Zoolander cameo.
Keegan-Michael Key plays Sean Knox
Who is Sean Knox? A stunt-talented actor who plays Cliff Beasts character, Colt Rockwell, and started his own religion — or maybe a cult — during the COVID pandemic.
What else has Keegan-Michael Key been in? Key is well known as one half of the comedy double act Key and Peele with Jordan Peele, and has also had television roles on shows such as Fargo, Parks and Recreation and Schmigadoon! On the big screen, previous credits include Horrible Bosses 2, Pitch Perfect 2, Dolemite Is My Name and The Prom.
Pedro Pascal plays Dieter Bravo
Who is Dieter Bravo? A serious veteran actor who joined the Cliff Beasts franchise to play a new character – but sometimes thinks himself above the production.
What else has Pedro Pascal been in? Pascal has a number of huge TV roles under his belt – the biggest of which include Oberyn Martell on Game of Thrones, Javier Peña on Narcos and, of course, the title role on The Mandalorian. Film roles include The Great Wall, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Equalizer 2, Triple Frontier and Wonder Woman 1984.
Leslie Mann plays Lauren Van Chance
Who is Lauren Van Chance? An actress who plays a fan-favorite Cliff Beasts character named Dolly, Lauren also has an on-and-off relationship with co-star Dustin.
What else has Leslie Mann been in? Mann has appeared in a number of hit comedy films – many written and directed by her husband Judd Apatow, including Knocked Up, Funny People and This Is 40. Other prominent roles include George of the Jungle, 17 Again and Blockers.
Guz Khan plays Howie Frangopolous
Who is Howie Frangopolous? An actor who plays Jarrar, the comic character from the Cliff Beasts franchise.
What else has Guz Khan been in? A familiar face on the UK comedy scene – including a memorable stint as Taskmaster panelist last year – Khan is the creator and star of the sitcom Man Like Mobeen, while previous film roles include Finding Fatimah and Army of Thieves.
Fred Armisen as Darren Eigan
Who is Darren Eigan? Cliff Beasts 6’s frazzled new director and former independent filmmaker – who considers himself a visionary auteur despite his work directing a huge franchise movie.
What else has Fred Armisen been in? An acclaimed comedian, Armisen is the co-creator and co-star of the hit Portlandia shows, Documentary Now! and Moonbase 8. Film roles have included Anchorman, Baby Mama and Easy A, while he has made appearances in a wide range of American sitcoms.
Maria Bakalova plays Anika
Who is Anika? An employee working at the hotel, with whom Dieter desperately wants to sleep.
What else has Maria Bakalova been in? Bakalova shot to fame playing Tutar Sagdiyev in Borat, a role that earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She also appeared in a number of Bulgarian films, including Transgression and The Father.
Peter Serafinowicz as Gavin
Who is Gabin? Franchise producer Cliff Beasts who becomes increasingly stressed as filming begins to unfold.
What else has Peter Serafinowicz been in? A prolific comedy performer, Serafinowicz is known for his voice role as Darth Maul in Star Wars and other film appearances such as Shaun of the Dead, The World’s End and John Wick: Chapter 2. He was also the star from Amazon Prime. The superhero video comedy series The Tick is a common presence on British television.
Harry Trevaldwyn plays Gunther
Who is Gunther? The hotel’s COVID security guard who must ensure that the cast of Cliff Beasts 6 adheres to the strict guidelines in place.
What else has Harry Trevaldwyn been into? This is Trevaldwyn’s first film, having gained popularity for his social media sketches. He also landed a lead role in Ten Percent, the British remake of the hit French comedy Call My Agent!.
Other notable cast members include: Rob Delaney (Catastrophe), Kate McKinnon (Joe vs. Carole), Maria Bamford (Arrested Development), Nick Kocher (Saturday Night Live), Vir Das (Whiskey Cavalier), Samson Kayo (Bloods) and newcomer Galen Hopper.
In addition to the main cast, several major stars make cameos in the film. You can find a full list below:
- daisy ridley – the Star Wars star appears in a scene with Pedro Pascal, playing an AI training bot
- james mcavoy – the X-Men actor appears very late in the film, when he chases Carol Cobb as she tries to escape
- John Cena – the Peacemaker star has a brief role in which he helps with fight choreography
- Benedict Cumberbatch – in the shortest of all cameos, the Sherlock and Doctor Strange actor appears during a scene of heavy drug use, when several stars swap faces
- John Lithgow – the multiple Emmy winner has a brief scene as the head of the studio behind Cliff Beasts, appearing on Zoom
- beck – the musician plays himself in a scene where he performs the song Ladies’ Night
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