Thunder Force stars Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer, so how do you know them and the supporting cast? Here’s a full rundown of the main players.
The Thunder Force cast features Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer, so how do you know them and the supporting lineup? The 2021 Netflix movie takes place in Chicago and follows two adult women who team up as superheroes.
In Thunder Force, a woman named Lydia Berman (McCarthy) seeks out her estranged best friend, Emily Stanton (Spencer), a wealthy geneticist. She’s accidentally injected with a superhero serum, and then trains to square off against superhumans known as the Miscreants. Meanwhile, a corrupt politician called “The King” aims to become Mayor and take over the city.
The Thunder Force cast includes two Oscar-nominated actresses who mostly rely on their situational comedy skills. The supporting cast also features some big industry names who fully embrace deadpan humor while playfully referencing superhero tropes.
Melissa McCarthy As Lydia
In Thunder Force, Melissa McCarthy stars as Lydia, a nostalgia-loving Chicago native who meets with her estranged best friend Emily and accidentally gets injected with a secret serum. Lydia then receives 33 treatments and teams up with Emily to battle the Miscreants. McCarthy starred as Molly Flynn in the TV series Mike & Molly and delivered an Academy Award-nominated movie performance as Lydia in Bridesmaids. She also headlined both Spy and Tammy, and received a second Oscar nod for portraying Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Octavia Spencer As Emily Stanton
Octavia Spencer co-stars as Emily Stanton, a wealthy geneticist. She spends years working on a secret serum, and then learns that her estranged best friend has accidentally been injected. Spencer won an Oscar for her performance as Minny Jackson in The Help, and has since received Academy Award nominations for Hidden Figures and Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water. She also stars as Poppy Scoville-Parnell in the Apple TV+ series Truth Be Told.
Jason Bateman As The Crab
Jason Bateman portrays The Crab, a man who turned into a human crab after swimming over a radioactive coral reef during his honeymoon in Bermuda. He forms a relationship with Lydia and has an easy-going demeanor. In the ’80s, Bateman portrayed Derek Taylor in Silver Spoons and starred as David Hogan in Valerie. He later appeared as Michael Bluth in Arrested Development and currently stars as Marty Byrde in Ozark.
Bobby Cannavale As William “The King” Stevens
Bobby Cannavale appears as Williams Stevens, a Chicago politician who runs for Mayor. He uses the Miscreants to outmaneuver his competitor, Rachel Gonzales, and gets annoyed when people refer to him as “King’ rather than “The King.” Thunder Force‘s Bobby Cannavale also portrayed Jake Fernandez in Parker and Paxton in Ant-Man. He also starred as Richie Finestra in the HBO series Vinyl and appeared as Colin Belfast in Homecoming.
Pom Klementieff As Laser
Pom Klementieff appears as Laser, an athletic Miscreant. Klementieff portrays Mantis in the MCU and Roxette in the Black Mirror season 5 episode “Striking Vipers.” She also appeared as Lexis in Uncut Gems and Martel in Westworld season 3.
Melissa Leo As Allie
Melissa Leo portrays Allie, a geneticist colleague of Emily. Leo delivered an Academy Award-nominated performance as Ray Eddy in Frozen River, and then won an Oscar for portraying Alice Ward in The Fighter. She recently appeared as Goldie Herschlag in I’m Dying Up Here and Ma in I Know This Much Is True.
Taylor Mosby As Tracy
Taylor Mosby appears as Tracy, Emily’s 15-year-old daughter and tech expert. Mosby portrayed Markayla Davis in CBS’s Criminal Minds and Abby Hughes in A Girl Named Jo. She also appeared as Amira Birkeland in The Last O.G.
Ben Falcone as Kenny
One of The King’s bumbling team members. Ben Falcone portrayed Keith Morgan in Tammy and Marty in The Boss. He’s the husband of Melissa McCarthy and directed Thunder Force.
Thunder Force’s Supporting Cast
Melissa Ponzio as Rachel Gonzales: A female Chicago politician who runs for Mayor against The King. Melissa Ponzio portrayed Melissa McCall in the Teen Wolf TV series and Karen in The Walking Dead. She also appeared as Donna Robbins in Chicago Fire.
Kevin Dunn as Frank: A restaurant owner who gives Emily’s number to Lydia. Kevin Dunn portrayed Ron Witwicky in Transformers and Ben Cafferty in Veep. He recently appeared as Nathan Rey in City on a Hill.
Tyrel Jackson Williams as Jessie: Emily’s assistant who welcomes Lydia shortly before she gets injected. Tyrel Jackson Williams portrayed Jordan Bennett, one of Shirley’s babies, in Community, and also Charles in Brockmire.
Brendan Jennings as Clyde: Lydia’s long-time friend who struggles while telling an owl joke. Brendan Jennings portrayed Neil in You’re the Worst and Dale in A.P. Bio.
Will There Be Thunder Force 2?
Netflix’s Thunder Force is a fun, tongue-in-cheek romp that makes playful use of superhero tropes and has an uplifting message of body positivity. Though it might not be a critical hit, the movie has drawn enough viewership to potentially warrant a sequel, and director Ben Falcon (who is also Melissa McCarthy’s husband) has ideas for where it could go. The first movie sets up a potential conflict for Thunder Force 2, as Pom Klementieff’s Laser is left roaming the streets, and the Thunder Force have been offered a contract by the new mayor to protect Chicago by the ending of Thunder Force. Thunder Force 2 could therefore see Lydia and Emily continue their superhero journey as they face off against new threats to the city and/or continue to foil the Miscreants’ plans. Superhero satire and joke content are currently very popular thanks to shows like Peacemaker and Amazon Prime’s The Boys, so it’s easy to imagine Thunder Force drawing enough interest for a sequel, even though it hasn’t been confirmed yet.
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