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Where You've Seen The Cast Of Bullet Train Before

Sony Pictures' highly-anticipated film "Bullet Train'' is based on Kōtarō Isaka's Japanese novel "Maria Beetle." According to the official synopsis, the story will center around an American assassin going by the alias of Ladybug, who, after a series of mishaps and unlucky incidents on assignment, decides to take a break from work. In the film, Ladybug will be introduced as a renewed person who now values peace over violence, which is a very difficult commitment to uphold given the nature of his job. Nevertheless, he's determined to pull off his first assignment back without causing any unnecessary conflict. Fate has other plans, as his seemingly simple assignment clashes with other global assassins' objectives, leaving him a target for just about every one.

Director David Leitch has helmed recent hit action thrillers like "Atomic Blonde," "Deadpool 2," and "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw." While this may be the first time Leitch is directing Brad Pitt, this duo have actually been collaborating since the '90s. The stuntman-turned-filmmaker worked as Pitt's stunt double for five films, including "Fight Club," "Ocean's Eleven," "The Mexican," "Troy," and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." 

Another reason to get excited is the film's ensemble cast of talented stars supporting Pitt. From Oscar winners to superheroes, from romantic comedy stars to an award-winning rapper, get to know more about the "Bullet Train" cast and find out where you've seen these amazing actors before.

Brad Pitt as Ladybug

Leading the ensemble cast of "Bullet Train" is the one and only Brad Pitt as down-on-his-luck assassin Ladybug. Pitt began his acting career in the late 1980s, when he first made supporting appearances in the comedy "Happy Together" and slasher film "Cutting Class." At the same time, Pitt also guest starred on TV shows like the soap opera "Another World," the teen sitcom "Head of the Class," and the police procedural dramedy "21 Jump Street."

By the '90s, Hollywood was finally starting to take notice of Pitt's potential as a movie star, especially after he portrayed cowboy hat-wearing criminal J.D. in Ridley Scott's classic road trip film "Thelma & Louise." His major acting breakthrough came in 1995, when he finally proved that he's more than just a handsome face by starring in both the crime thriller "Seven" and the sci-fi film "12 Monkeys," two of his most memorable films to date. For his electrifying performance as the eccentric Jeffrey in "12 Monkeys," Pitt finally won a Golden Globe award and earned his first Oscar nomination, both for the Best Supporting Actor category. Following his iconic role as Tyler Durden in the 1999 cult classic "Fight Club," Pitt had become a fully-established movie star by the 2000s, with appearances in blockbuster films including "Ocean's Eleven," "Troy," and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," as well as acclaimed performances in "Babel," "Burn After Reading," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," and "Inglourious Basterds."

Despite experiencing personal issues regarding his divorce and ongoing custody battle with Angelina Jolie and struggles with alcoholism, Pitt's career never stopped rising. He's continued to star in high-profile films like "Moneyball," "World War Z," "The Big Short," and "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," with the latter finally giving him his first Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor.

Sandra Bullock as Maria Beetle

In the role of Ladybug's mysterious handler is Sandra Bullock. Though she's less involved in the film's highly-anticipated fight sequences than many of her co-stars, Bullock is no stranger to action — after all, her first break came when she starred opposite Keanu Reeves in the 1994 action thriller "Speed." Her solid performance as the tough Annie Porter led her to securing leading roles in well-received films such as the romantic comedy "While You Were Sleeping" and the thriller "The Net."

As her career continued to flourish, Bullock began gaining recognition for her signature charm and comedic performances in films including "Practical Magic," "Forces of Nature," "28 Days," "Two Weeks," "The Lake House," "The Proposal," "The Heat," "Ocean's 8," and "The Lost City." She's also best known for her iconic performance as FBI agent-turned-undercover pageant queen Gracie Hart in the 2000 blockbuster film "Miss Congeniality." For her dramatic turn in the 2010 drama "The Blind Side," Bullock earned her first Academy Award for Best Actress.

In 2013, Bullock starred opposite George Clooney in Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi thriller "Gravity," which received universal acclaim for its visuals, direction, and career-best performance from Bullock. For her first venture into streaming, she partnered up with Netflix for the post-apocalyptic horror "Bird Box," which also resulted in brought her acclaim for her role as a determined and resilient mother trying to protect her children from unseen forces.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Tangerine

Aaron Taylor-Johnson stars in "Bullet Train" as Tangerine, known as one half of "The Twins," a dangerous pair of assassins who are trying to steal back the train's most coveted briefcase from Ladybug. Before the David Leitch-directed film, Taylor-Johnson appeared in several action films, starting in 2010 when he first nabbed the title role in "Kick-Ass" as the righteous teenager who becomes a crime-fighting vigilante.

His venture into the superhero genre continued with his appearance in 2015's "Avengers: Age of Ultron" as Quicksilver. Years after his brief stint in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Taylor-Johnson is now set to make his Marvel comeback with Sony Pictures' "Kraven" film as the legendary Spider-Man villain. He's also starred in high-profile films like Gareth Edwards' "Godzilla," Christopher Nolan's "Tenet," and the "Kingsman" prequel "The King's Man,” which reunited him with "Kick-Ass" director Matthew Vaughn.

Before gaining recognition for his superhero roles, Taylor-Johnson's film career started in the early 2000s with a brief appearance as a young Charlie Chaplin in the Jackie Chan-led "Shanghai Knights." Soon, he began landing major parts in offbeat movies like the coming-of-age comedy "Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging"; the John Lennon biopic "Nowhere Boy"; and Joe Wright's historical drama "Anna Karenina." For his compelling turn as a sadistic gang leader in Tom Ford's neo-noir thriller "Nocturnal Animals," Taylor-Johnson earned his first Golden Globe win for Best Supporting Actor.

Bad Bunny as The Wolf

Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, aka Bad Bunny, plays the role of the Wolf, an assassin who has a personal vendetta against Ladybug. This marks the Puerto Rican music sensation's first major feature role since making a brief appearance in the 2021 blockbuster action film "F9."  Audiences got a glimpse of Bad Bunny involved in serious action as soon as the "Bullet Train" trailers highlighted Wolf and Ladybug's relentless fight sequence.

In the same year as his feature debut with the "Fast" family, the "Moscow Mule" singer also made his television debut in the third season of Netflix's "Narcos: Mexico," where he appeared in the recurring role of Everardo Arturo "Kitty" Paez. Following his role in "Bullet Train," Bad Bunny will become a Marvel superhero in Sony Pictures' "El Muerto," the first Marvel film led by a Latino hero.

The 28-year-old Grammy-winning rapper is best known for a number of hit songs, including his collaboration with Cardi B and J Balvin "I Like It," which helped launch him to international fame. The 2018 English-Spanish language song was Bad Bunny's first to reach the number one spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. For his second studio album, "YHLQMDLG," Bad Bunny won his first Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop or Urban Album.

Joey King as The Prince

As she slowly moves away from her teen comedy era, Joey King is set to take on the role of The Prince, a seemingly harmless school girl who's actually a cunning undercover British assassin. The young actor already has an impressive filmography, which began in the late 2000s with small appearances in a few popular TV shows including "Malcolm in the Middle," "The Suite Life of Zack Cody," and "Entourage." Her first break came when she scored a leading role in the family comedy "Ramona and Beezus." Afterward, King started landing roles in high profile films such as "Battle: Los Angeles," "Crazy Stupid Love," "The Dark Knight Rises, "The Conjuring," and "Oz the Great and Powerful."

In 2018, King gained worldwide recognition for her role as indecisive teen Elle Evans in Netflix's teen romantic comedy "The Kissing Booth." Contributing to the film's popularity was the real-life romance between King and co-star Jacob Elordi, who eventually broke up before they started shooting for the follow-up sequels. Her biggest acting breakthrough finally came in 2019, when she led Hulu's true crime miniseries "The Act." For her exceptional leading performance, King received her first Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress.

After wrapping up the "Kissing Booth" trilogy, King began signing on to more action-related projects. Besides "Bullet Train," she most recently starred as a badass warrior princess in the action thriller "The Princess." King will next be seen in dystopian action-fantasy "The Uglies," marking her latest collaboration with Netflix as an actress and executive producer.

Brian Tyree Henry as Lemon

Completing the British assassin duo known as "The Twins" is Brian Tyree Henry in the role of Lemon. Like the rest of the "Bullet Train" characters, not much is known about Henry's Lemon other than the fact that he wants to kill Ladybug. One particularly hilarious moment seen in the movie's trailers finds them attempting to fight silently in the train's "Quiet Car."

Henry is best known for his Emmy-nominated role as Alfred "Paper Boi" Miles on Donald Glover's FX comedy series "Atlanta."  Before landing his first feature role in "Puerto Ricans in Paris," Henry made small appearances on acclaimed TV dramas "Law & Order," "The Good Wife," and "Boardwalk Empire." Following his acclaimed performance on "Atlanta," he started getting further recognition for his talent, getting his second Emmy nomination for guest-starring on the NBC drama "This Is Us." He also earned his first Tony Award nomination for leading the Broadway revival of "Lobby Hero" in 2018, the culmination of a stage career that included early experiences like a Shakespeare in the Park production of "Romeo & Juliet."

After seeing a rise in his television career, Henry began appearing in a number of star-studded films, including "Hotel Artemis," "White Boy Rick," "Widows," "If Beale Street Could Talk," "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," "Joker," and "Godzilla vs. Kong." He also made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in 2021 as the character Phastos in Chloé Zhao's "Eternals."

Andrew Koji as Yuichi Kimura

Rising British actor Andrew Koji plays the role of Japanese assassin Yuichi Kimura in "Bullet Train," by far his biggest movie project to date. Koji is best known for portraying the badass Ah Sahm on the Bruce Lee-inspired crime drama series "Warrior." His background in martial arts, particularly in taekwondo and Shaolin Kung Fu, helps him effectively portray such a physically demanding role (per Martial Arts Entertainment).

Due to the lack of leading roles for actors of East Asian descent, Koji had a difficult time finding meaningful work at the beginning of his acting career. In an interview with ComicBook.com, Koji revealed that he was actually about to give up on being an actor before getting the opportunity to audition for "Warrior." If it wasn't for his mother's encouragement and assistance, he wouldn't have sent the audition tape for the breakthrough role of his career.

Before "Warrior," Koji's career began with a number of appearances in short films like "Mercutio's Dreaming: The Killing of a Chinese Actor," "Way of the Warrior," "Hollow," and "Deep Pan Fury," as well as one-time appearances on TV shows including "The Wrong Mans," "Casualty," "American Gods," and "Peaky Blinders." In 2013, Koji became a stunt double for Sung Kang in "Fast & Furious 6," which served as his first time working on a major Hollywood film. After starring in short films for a long time, Koji finally earned a major part in Paramount Pictures' "G.I. Joe" prequel "Snake Eyes" as the iconic Storm Shadow.

Michael Shannon as White Death

Taking on the ominous role of White Death is award-winning actor Michael Shannon. In the second "Bullet Train" trailer, White Death is described as a "soulless psychotic leader" of the largest criminal organization in the world. Shannon is no stranger to playing antagonistic roles in both film and television. Audiences might best recognize him for his menacing and intimidating performances as characters like Nelson Van Alden on HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," Captain John Beatty in the dystopian TV movie "Fahrenheit 451," Bobby Monday in the thriller "Premium Rush," Richard Strickland in Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water," and General Zod in Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel."

Despite becoming known for villainous dramatic roles, Shannon is actually a versatile actor who can excel in any genre. Whether it's drama, comedy, or thriller, Shannon's commendable filmography is a testament to his immense talent, leading him to become one of today's most in-demand actors. For his compelling performance in Sam Mendes' 2008 drama "Revolutionary Road," he earned his first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Eight years later, Shannon nabbed a second Oscar nomination for his critically-acclaimed supporting role as Detective Bobby Andes in Tom Ford's psychological thriller "Nocturnal Animals."

Following his turn as White Death, Shannon will be seen in two other all-star ensemble films — David O. Russell's murder mystery comedy "Amsterdam" and Andy Muschietti's DC superhero film "The Flash," where he is set to reprise his role as General Zod.

Zazie Beetz as Hornet

"Bullet Train" finds Zazie Beetz playing American assassin Hornet, who is seen in the trailers disguising herself as a train crew member in order to easily attack Ladybug. "Bullet Train" marks the second collaboration between Beetz and director David Leitch, after working together in the R-rated Marvel action comedy "Deadpool 2." Beetz received international fame as the fan-favorite superhero Domino, the luckiest mutant ever. In an interview with Screen Rant, she expressed her love for the character and revealed her hopes of becoming a part of Deadpool's highly-anticipated MCU debut in the future.

Beetz is a German American actress who first gained recognition for her breakout role as Van Keefer in the FX comedy drama "Atlanta," which served as her screen debut. In an interview with The Sunday Times, Beetz revealed that prior to landing her Emmy-nominated role, she was actually waiting tables in New York City for a year after college. Since then, she's been cast in a number of films, including "Geostorm," "Dead Pigs," "Slice," "High Flying Bird," "Seberg," and "Nine Days."

After her well-received performance in "Deadpool 2," she joined another superhero universe as Sophie in Todd Phillips' standalone DC film "Joker" starring opposite Joaquin Phoenix. In 2021, Beetz became a part of a star-studded ensemble of mostly Black main characters in Jeymes Samuel's Western action film "The Harder They Fall," starring alongside acting heavyweights Idris Elba, Regina King, and Delroy Lindo.

Hiroyuki Sanada as The Elder

Hiroyuki Sanada is a Japanese actor known for his display of martial arts skills in a number of international and Hollywood films. In "Bullet Train," Sanada plays The Elder, the wise father of Andrew Koji's Yuichi Kimura. 

Sanada began his acting career at the age of five, when he was first cast in the 1965 yakuza film "Game of Chance." Through the film, he met Japanese action star Shinichi "Sonny" Chiba, who became a mentor to him after he enrolled in Chiba's Japan Action Club, where he developed his martial arts abilities (per The Hawaii Herald). After delivering a career-best performance as Seibei Iguchi in 2002's "The Twilight Samurai," Sanada finally made his Hollywood film debut in the 2003 Tom Cruise-led period action drama "The Last Samurai." He followed this up with appearances in 2000s films like "The White Countess," "Sunshine," "Rush Hour 3," and "Speed Racer."

By the 2010s, Sanada had already become a familiar face in Hollywood as he continued appearing in big-budget action films including "The Wolverine" starring Hugh Jackman, "47 Ronin" starring Keanu Reeves, and the MCU culmination "Avengers: Endgame." In 2021, Sanada became the latest actor to portray the live-action version of fan-favorite Mortal Kombat fighter Scorpion in New Line Cinema's reboot. Following "Bullet Train," Sanada is set to reunite with Reeves in the long-awaited "John Wick: Chapter 4," promising another installment filled with great fight sequences.

Logan Lerman as The Son

Portraying Tangerine and Lemon's associate known as The Son is Logan Lerman, who reunites with Brad Pitt after the 2014 war drama "Fury." "Bullet Train" also marks Lerman's first big-budget film in a long while, after only starring in a few independent dramas like "Indignation," "The Vanishing of Sidney Hall," and "End of Sentence."

Lerman started his film career at a young age, with early roles opposite A-list stars like Mel Gibson in "The Patriot," Drew Barrymore in "Riding in Cars with Boys," and Ashton Kutcher in "The Butterfly Effect." In 2006, he landed his first leading role as a teenage boy trying to save a burrowing owl habitat in the family comedy "Hoot," which also starred future Oscar winner Brie Larson. After that, he continued getting cast in films with established actors like Jim Carrey in the thriller "The Number 23" and Christian Bale in the Western drama "3:10 to Yuma."

By the early 2010s, Lerman's big break came after he scored the leading role in the live-action adaptation of Rick Riordan's popular fantasy novel "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief." His portrayal of the beloved title character was well-received by fans and critics, despite the film itself receiving mixed reviews for its failure to live up to the source material. Soon after, Lerman went on to deliver one of his best performances to date as the introvert Charlie in Stephen Chbosky's coming-of-age drama "The Perks of Being a Wallflower."

Karen Fukuhara as a Train Crew Member

Karen Fukuhara's "Bullet Train" character may not have a name, but she's important enough to appear on the official poster, and is also briefly seen in the trailer offering Ladybug a sparkling water in the midst of a fight scene.

The Japanese American actress made her feature film debut in 2016 as Katana in David Ayer's heavily-criticized "Suicide Squad." In 2019, Fukuhara got a chance at playing another badass superhero when she was cast as a series regular on Amazon's adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's "The Boys." The hit show has brought her fame in the fan-favorite role of Kimiko, aka The Female.

Before venturing into the superhero genre, audiences may have first heard Fukuhara in few voice roles, including on Cartoon Network's Craig of the Creek as the Sewer Queen and Alexis, Netflix's "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power" as Glimmer, and "Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts" in the leading role of Kipo Oak. She was also part of the all-star voice cast for the English dub of the Disney+ animated anthology series "Star Wars: Visions," playing the character of F in the episode "The Village Bride."