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Where You've Seen The Cast Of Amsterdam Before

"Amsterdam" is a period drama directed and written by Oscar-nominated filmmaker David O. Russell. It tells the story of Burt Berendsen (Christian Bale) as he attempts to find justice for war veterans in the 1930s but soon becomes embroiled in a murder plot that he and two of his friends (Margot Robbie and John David Washington) are framed for after they stumble across the crime. The film is largely based on the 1933 political conspiracy known as the Business Plot to depose President Franklin D. Roosevelt and replace him with a dictator (via Rolling Stone).

The movie marks Russell's first release since the 2015 film "Joy" and features an ensemble cast, led by Bale, Robbie, and Washington. However, the rest of the cast features plenty of familiar faces that viewers will no doubt recognize but might not be able to place where they know them from. So if you've seen "Amsterdam" and want to know exactly where you've seen the many actors before, read on to find out everything you need to know.

Christian Bale as Burt Berendsen

Celebrated actor Christian Bale takes on the role of Burt Berendsen in "Amsterdam," a doctor and war veteran who fought in World War I (most of the characrers in the film are fictional). Bale was born into a family with a history in entertainment, as his grandfathers were a comedian and stand-in for John Wayne (via The Telegraph). According to Wales Online, he trained in ballet while still a child but soon turned to acting and landed roles in various commercials. His big break came when he was cast in the Steven Spielberg film "Empire of the Sun" while still a teenager.

Since then, he has risen to fame largely thanks to a decade of solid performances in films such as "Newsies," "Swing Kids," and "Velvet Goldmine," culminating in a role in Mary Harron's "American Psycho," in which he played the serial killer Patrick Bateman. He later starred in high-concept blockbusters "Reign of Fire" and "Equilibrium" before taking on the role of Batman in the Christopher Nolan-directed "The Dark Knight" trilogy, as well as co-starring with Hugh Jackman in Nolan's "The Prestige." The actor has also developed a reputation for physical transformations, dramatically altering his weight and appearance for roles such as in "The Machinist," "American Hustle," "Vice," and "Ford v Ferrari." More recently, he has played characters in "The Big Short" and "Hostiles," as well as playing the villain Gorr the God Butcher in "Thor: Love and Thunder."

Margot Robbie as Valerie Voze

Margot Robbie plays Valerie Voze in "Amsterdam." She's a nurse who works in the hospital where Berendsen and Harold Woodsman are taken while wounded in France. Like many Australian actors, Robbie found fame appearing in the long-running soap opera "Neighbours," playing the character Donna Freedman (via Radio Times). Soon after this, she landed roles in "Pan Am" and "About Time" before going on to be part of the main cast of "The Wolf of Wall Street" alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill.

Her breakout role in the Martin Scorsese film led to appearances in "Z for Zachariah" and "Focus," in which she starred alongside Chris Pine, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Will Smith, and then she starred in "The Legend of Tarzan," "The Big Short, and "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot." Many will know her for portraying the anti-hero and occasional villain Harley Quinn in the DCEU, appearing in films such as "Birds of Prey" and "The Suicide Squad." For portraying the real-life figure skater Tonya Harding in "I, Tonya" she was nominated for an Academy Award, receiving a second nomination in 2019 for her role in "Bombshell" (via NME). Founding LuckyChap Entertainment with her husband in 2014, Robbie has produced many movies and television series, including "Dollface" and "Promising Young Woman."

John David Washington as Harold Woodsman

Fellow soldier Harold Woodsman is played by John David Washington in the David O. Russell film. A lawyer, he soon becomes friends with Berendsen when the two spend time together in a military hospital during the war. The son of iconic film star Denzel Washington, John followed his father into acting after spending several years as a professional football player for the Sacramento Mountain Lions — a team that was part of the ill-fated United Football League (via Yahoo). His first major acting role came in the 2015 HBO series "Ballers," which also starred Dwayne Johnson, Rob Corddry, and Omar Miller.

Washington went on to be cast in "BlacKkKlansman" by Spike Lee, playing the part of police detective Ron Stallworth. The movie proved to be a critical hit, and the relatively inexperienced actor was nominated for a Golden Globe, Black Reel Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award, among many other nominations. The actor also starred in smaller dramas such as "Monsters and Men," "The Old Man & the Gun," and "Monster" alongside Lee's film before he was given the lead role in "Tenet." Christopher Nolan was particularly effusive in his praise for Washington, telling USA Today, "[He's] just one of the greatest collaborators I've worked with: extraordinarily hard-working, very, very thoughtful, and very considerate of everybody around him in the most wonderful way." Washington went on to secure leading roles in "Malcolm & Marie" and "Beckett" on Netflix.

Chris Rock as Milton King

Chris Rock stars in "Amsterdam" as the soldier Milton King, who also befriends both Woodsman and Berendsen. While that infamous Will Smith slap at the Oscars brought the comedian more attention than he has ever previously had, he has been a famous face in the world of stand-up, movies, and films for almost four decades. Often regarded as one of the best stand-up comics of all time (via Rolling Stone), he became a cast member of "Saturday Night Live" in 1990. From there, he became a familiar presence and appeared in "New Jack City" and the series "In Living Color."

As well as his critically acclaimed stand-up specials, including the likes of "Bring the Pain" and "Bigger & Blacker," Rock has produced his own sitcom in the form of "Everybody Hates Chris," which ran from 2005 until 2009, as well as a talk show in the late 1990s. He voiced the zebra Marty in the "Madagascar" film series and has been part of the main cast of "Grown Ups," "The Longest Yard," "Head of State," Kevin Smith's "Dogma," and the fourth season of FX's "Fargo."

Anya Taylor-Joy as Libby Voze

Libby Voze, the sister-in-law to Margot Robbie's Valerie Voze, is played by Anya Taylor-Joy. She is a relatively young actor who only started her career in 2013 with "Vampire Academy," although she was ultimately removed from the cut of "Vampire Academy" that was eventually released. According to The Hollywood Reporter, she trained as a dancer in her youth before moving to modeling and then acting. Her first major role came in 2014 when she appeared in an episode of the British detective series "Endeavor," a spin-off prequel to "Inspector Morse."

This was followed by a role in the fantasy-adventure show "Atlantis" and a leading part in Robert Eggers' horror film "The Witch." Her role in the critically acclaimed film was widely praised by critics, and that success led to further roles. In 2016, she appeared in "Split" and reprised her role for the 2019 sequel "Glass." The actor has also had roles in the crime drama series "Peaky Blinders" throughout Seasons 5 and 6, played the title role in the 2020 film "Emma." and a mysterious singer in Edgar Wright's "Last Night in SoHo" and further flexed her period (and Scandi) chops in "The Northman." Her portrayal of Beth Harmon in "The Queen's Gambit" won her numerous award nominations, including at the Emmys.

Zoe Saldaña as Irma St. Clair

Zoe Saldaña plays medical examiner Irma St. Clair in "Amsterdam." According to a biography by People magazine, the actor began her career in entertainment as a dancer, training in ballet before abandoning the profession after discovering she was not talented enough to be a soloist. This prompted a change to acting, and she was ultimately cast in the film "Center Stage," where she played a ballet dancer. She also had a brief part in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" as the lone female pirate on Jack Sparrow's (Johnny Depp) crew and appeared alongside Tom Hanks as a customs worker in "The Terminal."

By 2009, she was chosen by director J. J. Abrams to play Nyota Uhura in the "Star Trek" reboot and would shortly afterward play one of the indigenous Na'vi in James Cameron's box office hit "Avatar" — a part she is due to reprise in "Avatar: The Way of Water." Perhaps her most famous role is in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where she portrays the comic book character Gamora in the "Guardians of the Galaxy" films and reprises her role in "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Avengers: Endgame." Her appearances in these MCU films mean that she has appeared in three of the top five-grossing movies of all time (via Geek Culture).

Mike Myers as Paul Canterbury

Fittingly for his role as the fictional spy Austin Powers, Mike Myers plays MI6 secret agent Paul Canterbury in "Amsterdam." As stated, Myers is probably best known for his comedy roles, particularly in the parody film series "Austin Powers" along with "Wayne's World," where he starred alongside Dana Carvey. He started his career at a very young age, appearing in commercials as a child before touring around the world in comedy groups. By 1989, he had become part of the cast of "Saturday Night Live" and made a big impact with his recurring characters (via Entertainment Weekly).

In 1993, he starred in "So I Married an Axe Murderer" and in 1997 first debuted his British spy character in "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery," reprising the role in two sequels. In 2001, he lent his voice to the eponymous ogre in "Shrek," replacing Chris Farley after the actor's sudden death in 1997. He would continue to portray Shrek with a Scottish accent until 2017. More recently, he has had roles in "Terminal," which stars his co-star, Margot Robbie, and "Bohemian Rhapsody," which also stars "Amsterdam" colleague Rami Malek. He also wrote and starred as multiple characters in the Netflix series "The Pentaverate."

Michael Shannon as Henry Norcross

Michael Shannon plays Henry Norcross, a naval intelligence officer for the United States who is also a close partner of Paul Canterbury. The actor landed his first role in the music video for Every Mother's Nightmare's "House of Pain" before going on to appear in various stage productions in Chicago (via the Chicago Tribune). Over the next few years, he had minor roles in a variety of films, including "Groundhog Day," "Chicago Cab," and "Chain Reaction" before he had a leading part in the Eminem film "8 Mile."

Since then, Shannon has developed a reputation for being able to play a diverse range of different characters, usually very intensely, in both comedies and serious drama. These have included the likes of "Bad Boys II," "Pearl Harbor," "The Shape of Water," and "Bullet Train." He's gotten critical praise for his turns in "Bug," "Take Shelter," "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done," "99 Homes," and "Nocturnal Animals," and he had a shot at playing Elvis in "Elvis & Nixon." "Nocturnal Animals" and "Revolutionary Road" netted him nominations for supporting actor Oscars. He battled Superman (Henry Cavill) as General Zod in "Man of Steel" and is (for now) supposed to return in "The Flash" in 2023. He has also appeared in the HBO drama series "Boardwalk Empire" as Nelson Van Alden alongside Steve Buscemi.

Timothy Olyphant as Taron Milfax

Taron Milfax is a murderer and professional hitman who is played by Timothy Olyphant in the 2022 film. A talented swimmer in his youth, he competed for his college teams and put his expertise to good use by working as a swimming coach before he moved to New York to seek out a new career for himself (via The Guardian). According to Sharp Magazine and Uproxx, he performed stand-up comedy in the city before turning to acting by studying at the William Esper Studio. One of his first roles came in a pilot for Warner Bros. television based on the "77 Sunset Strip" series.

His breakout role came in when he portrayed a villain in "Scream 2" and was somewhat typecast as an antagonist, appearing in the likes of "Gone in 60 Seconds" and "A Man Apart" in similar parts. The actor went on to play Sheriff Seth Bullock in the HBO drama series "Deadwood," reprising the character in "Deadwood: The Movie" in 2019. He also had parts in "Live Free or Die Hard" and "The Crazies." He had an action role as Agent 47 in "Hitman" and appeared on television in "Damages," "The Santa Clarita Diet," "Fargo" Season 4 (alongside Chris Rock), and several "Star Wars" series, playing the goodhearted sheriff Cobb Vanth, which netted him an Emmy nomination. His most notable role, however, is that of Raylan Givens in "Justified," which earned him a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for his performance.

Andrea Riseborough as Beatrice Vandenheuvel

Andrea Riseborough takes on the role of Beatrice Vandenheuvel in the film, one of several movie roles she has in 2022 alongside "Please Baby Please" and "Matilda the Musical," in which she plays Mrs. Wormwood. Born near Newcastle in the United Kingdom, Riseborough began acting at a young age, appearing at the People's Theatre in her local area while still a child (via The Chronicle). Her first film role came in the 2006 film "Venus," appearing alongside Peter O'Toole and Jodie Whittaker.

Following on from her debut, she had roles in a number of movies throughout the next decade, cast in everything from the comedy-drama "Made in Dagenham" to the Best Picture-winning "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)." The actor also appeared in Armando Iannucci's "The Death of Stalin" in 2017, playing Stalin's daughter, Svetlana. She has taken on horror roles in the "Crocodile" episode of "Black Mirror" and in the films "The Grudge" and "Possessor." She famously played former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in "The Long Walk to Finchley" and has appeared in other television series such as "The Devil's Mistress" and "The Witness for the Prosecution."

Taylor Swift as Elizabeth Meekins

In "Amsterdam," Taylor Swift plays a character known as Elizabeth Meekins, the daughter of U.S. Senator Bill Meekins. Beginning her musical career as a country singer and songwriter, Swift has had some of the most successful and critically acclaimed albums of the last two decades. According to Chart Masters, she has sold more than 122 million equivalent album sales in total, making her one of the most successful female artists of all time. Albums such as "Fearless," "Red," and "Reputation" have made her a worldwide star, and she recently dropped another album, "Midnights."

Although Swift is undoubtedly known for her musical career, she has had a number of high-profile acting gigs over the last few years. However, her role in "Amsterdam" is the first since the much-maligned "Cats" film adaptation in 2019. Before that, she had appeared in "Valentine's Day" and "The Giver," appearing alongside Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, and Brenton Thwaites. The singer also appeared in the Netflix documentary film "Miss Americana" in 2020, which was directed by Lana Wilson.

Rami Malek as Tom Voze

Rami Malek Tom Voze, Libby's husband and the brother of Valerie. Originally intending to be a lawyer, Malek joined the debate team at school but was instead persuaded to try acting by one of his teachers. He took part in a one-man play and, with encouragement from his Egyptian parents, pursued an acting career (via W Magazine). Malek went on to study at the University of Evansville before being cast in "Gilmore Girls" in 2004 for a single episode. The actor subsequently made appearances in "Over There" and "The War at Home" on TV.

Like his "Amsterdam" co-star Mike Myers, Malek also appears in the Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody," although he plays a far more important role in the form of frontman Freddie Mercury. His performance as the singer was widely praised and he went on to win numerous awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actor, along with a BAFTA, Golden Globes, and Screen Actors Guild Award. His portrayal of Elliot Alderson in "Mr. Robot" also drew praise, and the actor won a Primetime Emmy in 2016. He has also appeared as the villain in the James Bond film "No Time to Die" and had a recurring role in the "Night at the Museum" franchise. Malek also voiced Flip McVicker in "BoJack Horseman" and appeared in the films "Short Term 12" and "Papillon."

Robert De Niro as Gil Dillenbeck

Movie star Robert De Niro portrays Gil Dillenbeck in "Amsterdam," a character based on real-life Marine Corps officer Smedley Butler (the only character based on a real person, per Slate). Speaking to The Wrap, the actor explained he was drawn to the role as it involved director David O. Russell, someone that De Niro has worked with multiple times throughout his career, in "Joy," "American Hustle," and "Silver Linings Playbook," the latter of which earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Over the course of the last 60 years, he has won two Academy Awards alongside a Golden Globe Award.

De Niro is probably best known for his work alongside acclaimed director Martin Scorsese. He has appeared in nine of the director's movies, including "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull," "Goodfellas," and "The Irishman." Although famed for his dramatic performances, De Niro is also an established comedy actor, with roles in the likes of "Wag the Dog," "Meet the Parents," and "Dirty Grandpa." Recently, the actor's most recognized roles outside of Scorsese and Russell pictures are probably the HBO film "The Wizard of Lies" and the Oscar-winning "Joker." In 2016, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama in recognition for his services to drama (via The Independent).

Ed Begley Jr. as Bill Meekins

Ed Begley Jr. plays Bill Meekins, a senator and father to Taylor Swift's character, Elizabeth. He dies near the start of the film, prompting the events that take place afterward. A veteran of the screen and stage, he has more than 338 credits to his name. As a theater performer, he has had roles in Broadway productions such as "Our Town," "Zelda," "All My Sons," and "A Shadow of My Enemy" (via Broadway World). In terms of television and film, he made guest appearances on the sitcom "Maude" and the "Invisible Man" riff "Now You See Him, Now You Don't" early in his career.

A celebrated actor, Begley Jr. earned six Primetime Emmy Award nominations for his performance as Dr. Victor Ehrlich in the medical drama "St. Elsewhere" on NBC. Throughout his career, he has appeared in a diverse array of films, including the likes of "An Officer and a Gentleman," "Pineapple Express," "Batman Forever," and "This Is Spinal Tap." He earned plaudits for appearing in the ensemble cast of 2003's Christopher Guest comedy "A Mighty Wind," and he secured recurring roles on series "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," "Battlestar Galactica," "Six Feet Under," and "Veronica Mars," as well as the comedy series "Gary Unmarried," "Betas," "Bless This Mess," "Mr. Mayor," and "Young Sheldon." He is perhaps most recognizable in recent years from his role in "Better Call Saul," where he played lawyer Clifford Main across 13 episodes of the series, including in the final season of the "Breaking Bad" prequel.