Thai actors in Hollywood film
In 2018, the Moo Pa football team of 12 junior-high school students and their assistant coach were trapped in the Tham Luang Cave by an unexpected flood. Over the next 18 days, the world watched on as international rescue teams banded together to ensure the safe return of all thirteen individuals.
‘Thirteen Lives’ includes Thai actors
The site of the cave rescue, Tham Luang in Chiang Rai
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The cast includes Tom Bateman, Colin Farrell and Thai actors like Vithaya Pansringarm, Thiraphat Sajakul, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Vithaya Pansringarm, Teeradon “James” Supapunpinyo, Weir Sukollawat and Nophand Boonyai, according to Deadline.
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Many would recognise James from his role as ‘Pat’ in the Netflix hit ‘Bad Genius’ and Sahajak Boontanakit – from ‘Only God Forgives with Ryan Gosling – who played his father; In ‘Thirteen Lives’, the two will play Moo Pa Coach ‘Ek’ and the Acting Governor of Chiang Rai, Narongsak Osatanakorn, respectively.
Sahajak Boonthanakit in ‘Farang’.
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Thanet Nartisri, a renowned groundwater engineer will be portrayed by Nophand Boonyai.
Boontanakit’s co-star from ‘The Serpent’ miniseries, Thiraphat Sajakul, has been cast as one of the Thai Navy SEAL team members, ‘Anand’. The late SEAL team member, Saman Kunan, will be played by Weir Sukollawat, who starred alongside Princess Ubol Ratana in ‘Where The Miracle Happens’.
Saman Kunan is a famous Navy SEAL who unfortunately passed away during the rescue mission
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Hollywood veteran, Vithaya ‘Pu’ Pansringarm – who has starred in ‘The Hangover Part II’, ‘Only God Forgives’ and ‘A Prayer Before Dawn’- will act as SEAL General Anuphond.
Production to begin in March
‘Thirteen Lives’ is to be set in Australia as well as Thailand, with the Cave Rescue Divers played by Colin Farrell, Paul Gleeson, Joel Eggerton, Lewis Fitz-Gerald and Viggo Mortenson.
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United Artists Releasing, a joint venture with MGM, will be distributing the film in the United States; Universal Pictures will be in charge of international screens.
International representation in Hollywood
With the debut of Crazy Rich Asians, it seems that Hollywood is including more and more international actors in their films. The Tham Luang rescue was set in Thailand and touched the hearts of people across the entire nation in a special way, so we have high hopes that these actors will accurately portray our sentiment.
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