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Where You've Seen The Cast Of Slumberland Before

One of Netflix's big holiday movies for 2022 is "Slumberland." The fantasy adventure film is based on Winsor McCay's comic strip "Little Nemo in Slumberland" and tells the story of a young girl who enters a magical world made of dreams. Joined by Flip, Nemo journeys across the eponymous Slumberland as she tries to see her father one last time.

Starring Jason Momoa and Marlow Barkley in the two lead roles, "Slumberland" has not proved a massive hit with critics but has scored well with audiences and seen some success in terms of views. Netflix has revealed has revealed it has been seen by almost 40 million households, putting it at the No. 1 spot for English-language films on the streaming service. If you are one of those millions, then you might well be wondering where you've seen some of the extensive cast before.

After all, the movie has some familiar and not-so-familiar faces, so there's a good chance you've seen them in a previous television show or movie at some point. Read on to find out where you know each of these "Slumberland" actors from.

Tonya Cornelisse

Joining Agent Orange, Agent Brown, and Agent Green is Agent Red. This officer from the Bureau of Subconscious Activities is played by Tonya Cornelisse, an American actor who graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts in New York, according to her site. In 2000, she made her screen debut in an episode of "Strangers with Candy" in an uncredited role and has since gone on to appear in a wide range of films and television series.

Probably best known for her recurring role in Showtime's mystery thriller series "Yellowjackets," she has also been part of the main cast of "Sisters" and made guest appearances in such shows as "Scandal" and "Parks and Recreation." Along with an uncredited role in the 2020 film "Dolittle," she has also had parts in the movies "Bent" and "Grow House." Cornelisse has also appeared on Broadway in plays such as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (via Star Central Magazine).

Cornelisse is not just an actor. She has also worked as a screenwriter, penning scripts for a variety of projects. These have included short films and plays such as the Danny Roew-directed "Dog Lovers" in 2008. She also has more recent writing credits for "Sisters" and "The Homemade Sketch Show." 

Jamillah Ross

Jamillah Ross is a Canadian actor and comedian who plays Agent Orange, another member of the secretive Bureau of Subconscious Activities. According to CBC, she began her career in the entertainment industry by working as a waitress at The Second City, the legendary improvisational group and comedy club in Toronto. She soon began to perform at the venue and has returned many times since to take part in shows and comedy productions while working extensively in television and touring as part of improvisational troupes across Canada and the United States (via Toronto.com).

On television, Ross has appeared in a variety of shows as a guest, including "The Expanse," "Rookie Blue," and "Kim's Convenience." More recently, she has had roles in the "Chucky" television series and "The Good Doctor." Viewers may know her best from her recurring parts in both "Baroness von Sketch Show" and the hidden-camera show "Scare Tactics." Appearing in the Nicolas Cage film "Pay the Ghost" in 2015, Ross has since gone on to voice a character in "PAW Patrol: The Movie" and co-star in "Firestarter." As a singer-songwriter, she has worked on several projects, including the Christmas song "It's All About Christmas Time."

Ava Cheung

In "Slumberland," Ava Cheung plays a young character known as Ho-Sook. A relative newcomer to the world of acting, Cheung only has a handful of acting credits. In an interview with Yitzi Weiner, the actor explained how she first began acting after taking part in dance competitions and being noticed by an agent. Originally, she believed that she would likely enter the field of medicine like her parents.

Cheung made her television debut in 2020 in the series "Odd Squad" and went on to have roles in "Ginny & Georgia" and "The Expanse" the following year. By 2021, she had landed recurring roles in the crime drama "Reacher" and the "Star Trek: Discovery" spin-off "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds," playing a younger version of the character La'an Noonien-Singh. More recently, the actor has appeared in the TV series "Circuit Breakers" and the movies "Love in Wolf Creek" and "Reindeer Games."

Leslie Adlam

According to her own Twitter biography, Leslie Adlam once worked as a radio news anchor. Like much of the cast, she hails from Canada. She portrays Agent Brown of the Bureau of Subconscious Activities in the film. Having started her acting career in 2016, Adlam now has more than a dozen credits to her name and first appeared in the true-crime documentary series "Fear Thy Neighbor" before going on to have roles in both "Workin' Moms" and "Condor."

In the 2020 thriller "Becky," Adlam played Ms. Hancher, the partner of Joel McHale's character, Jeff. At the same time, she was part of the cast of the Canadian film "Flashback," playing a female police officer alongside Dylan O'Brien and Hannah Gross. Over the last few years, she has also had guest roles in "Locke & Key," "Grand Army," and "Y: The Last Man," appearing in single episodes of each of those television series.

Michael Blake

Playing an accountant in "Slumberland," Michael Blake is a face that many members of the audience may not be familiar with. That's because he has largely worked in the theater and has rarely appeared on-screen. The vast majority of his screen roles have been in filmed adaptations of theatrical productions such as "Othello" and "Twelfth Night." Speaking to The Whig, Blake explained that he prefers working on stage but got his start in acting after landing a role on "Degrassi Junior High" as a child during the late 1980s.

In the following years, he appeared in "Senior Trip" in 1995, "The Planet of Junior Brown" in 1997, and a single episode of "Earth: Final Conflict." After leaving school, he studied at National Theatre School in Canada and spent two years at Soulpepper Academy. Since 2021, he has become a more regular face on television, appearing in "The Lost Symbol" and "Private Eyes." However, he has continued his work in the theater, starring in "The Mountaintop" as Martin Luther King Jr. (via Queen's Journal).

Weruche Opia

Agent Green is something of an antagonist in "Slumberland," chasing down Flip and Nemo as part of her duties for the Bureau of Subconscious Activities. Portrayed by Weruche Opia, she plays a significant role throughout the movie. Opia originally hails from Nigeria but moved to the UK as a teenager when her father got a job as a professor in London (via Elle). By 2020, she had made her first television appearance in the long-running crime drama series "The Bill."

She grew to prominence playing Cleopatra in "Bad Education" alongside Jack Whitehall and went on to appear in the film spin-off in 2015. The actor has also appeared in "Suspects" and "Just a Couple." Best known for her work on the joint BBC and HBO comedy series "I May Destroy You," in which she played Terry Pratchard, Opia garnered a BAFTA Award nomination for her performance. Prior to her appearance in "Slumberland," she was also part of the main cast of the British sitcom "Sliced."

India de Beaufort

In "Slumberland," India de Beaufort portrays Ms. Arya, a school counselor who speaks to Nemo about her experiences with grief after losing her father and mother. Ms. Arya is a happy character who does her best to get the young child settled into her new school, but Nemo finds her somewhat annoying, as she just wants to grieve alone. Speaking to Seventeen, the actor said, "I always knew I wanted to work in entertainment, but I actually really wanted to be a singer more than an actress." She also explained that her first job came in a music video but that she quickly landed roles in a variety of children's television series such as "The Basil Brush Show."

After being cast in the Simon Pegg film "Run Fatboy Run," which was directed by David Schwimmer, and being chosen to play Aneka in "Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire," she pursued acting full-time (via Comedy.co.uk). Since then, she has appeared in a wide range of television shows, including a recurring role in "One Tree Hill" and six episodes of the highly acclaimed "Veep." Beaufort was also part of the main cast of "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" in 2017. Her passion for music has also continued, with Beaufort writing and performing the single "Crack" in 2020.

Kyle Chandler

The story of "Slumberland" is set in motion when Nemo's father, Peter, goes missing at sea when trying to help a ship that has run into trouble. His death results in the young girl being sent away from her home at the lighthouse to live with her uncle, Philip. Peter, portrayed by Kyle Chandler, later appears one final time at the conclusion of the film to provide closure and comfort to his daughter.

Chandler is an experienced actor, having appeared in more than 50 television shows and films throughout his career. According to the Walton Tribune, he was once a member of his school's football team but quit to pursue the theater program instead. After being spotted by a scout, he moved to Hollywood as part of a talent program operated by ABC (via TCM). He appeared in numerous television movies in the late 1980s, including, "Home Fires Burning" and "Unconquered."

After rising to success with "The Lyon's Den" and "Homefront," he has become a regular in blockbuster films. Over the last decade or so, he has had roles in "Argo," "Manchester by the Sea," "Godzilla vs. Kong," and "The Wolf of Wall Street." He has also been nominated for several Primetime Emmy Awards for his performances in "Grey's Anatomy" and "Bloodline" in addition to winning in 2011 for his regular role in "Friday Night Lights."

Chris O'Dowd

Chris O'Dowd plays Philip, the uncle of Nemo and the brother of Peter. His niece is sent to live with him following the death of his brother, a situation that neither he nor Nemo is particularly pleased with, but he does his best to make her feel as comfortable as possible. The Irish actor is undoubtedly a familiar face in his home country and the United Kingdom, but even viewers from around the world are likely to have seen him pop up in international projects.

Making his breakthrough in the Channel 4 sitcom "The IT Crowd," in which he starred as Roy Trenneman alongside Matt Berry, Richard Ayoade, and Katherine Parkinson, he has since gone on to roles in a variety of television series and movie releases. These have included "Bridesmaids," "The Cloverfield Paradox," and "Friends with Kids."

O'Dowd also voiced a character in "Mary Poppins Returns" and "My Father's Dragon" in addition to his award-winning performances in "State of the Union" and "Moone Boy." In 2014, the actor appeared on stage opposite James Franco in "Of Mice and Men" but lost out on the Tony Award to Bryan Cranston (via Variety).

Chris D'Silva

Chris D'Silva portrays Jamal, a student at the same school that Nemo attends when she moves in with her uncle Philip after her father tragically dies. A fellow outcast, he is one of the few characters who gets along with Nemo outside of her dreams and is a source of support for her during her adventures. Screenhub described his performance as "a charming supporting part as Nemo's schoolmate."

As a young actor, D'Silva doesn't have a long list of credits. However, he is not new to the world of show business and has appeared in almost a dozen TV shows and films since 2016. He made his on-screen debut in "Dirty Talk" and then provided the voice for James Jones in two "Fireman Sam" projects. More recently, he had a role in "The Handmaid's Tale" as Tom for a single episode and played Dean's friend in "IT Chapter 2." D'Silva also had recurring voice roles in both "Mighty Express" and "Remy & Boo." 

Marlow Barkley

Marlow Barkley plays Nemo, a young girl sent to live with her uncle when her father dies while trying to help a stranded ship at sea. This forces her to leave her home at the lighthouse where she grew up and learn to cope with her loss in a new environment. Hoping to have one last chance to see and speak with her dad, she enlists the help of Flip to navigate her dreams and locate a secret treasure that will give her the ability to see her father again.

Barkley is new to acting in feature films and found the number of people on set a bit overwhelming while making "Slumberland." "I guess I always knew that movies had big casts and crew, but I didn't know how many people would be on the set. I thought that it was a lot of people either online or in offices doing a lot of work. But no, those sets are filled with people all the time," she told Collider

Part of the children's choir in an episode of "South Park" in 2016, Barkley has since voiced characters on "The Loud House" and "Amphibia." However, she will be most familiar to viewers for her role on the ABC sitcom "Single Parents in which she played Sophie Cooper for 45 episodes. She also stars alongside Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds in "Spirited."

Jason Momoa

Having refused to wake up for longer than he can remember, Flip is a fixture of the dreamworld. Once an ally of her father, he accompanies Nemo on her adventure. The character is played by Jason Momoa, one of the most recognizable and well-known figures in the entertainment industry. While he has been active as an actor since 1999, when he played Jason Loane on "Baywatch," he rose to fame portraying Khal Drogo, the Dothraki leader who marries Daenerys Targaryen on "Game of Thrones."

Since his appearance in the critically acclaimed HBO series, he has written, directed, and starred in "Road to Paloma" and had high-profile roles in both "Frontier" and the Apple TV+ series "See." However, he is probably most famous for his portrayal of Aquaman in the DC Extended Universe. In total, he has so far appeared in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," "Justice League," and "Aquaman" and is set to star in the 2023 sequel "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom." In the last few years, he has had roles in "Dune," playing Duncan Idaho, and "Sweet Girl" with Isabela Merced and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo.