The ‘Thirteen Lives’ Cast and Their Real-Life Characters

Four years have passed since the 12 young boys of the Wild Boars football team and their coach, Ekkapol Chantawong, were rescued from Tham Luang Cave in Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand.

They were trapped in the cave for 18 days until the world rescue, with a team of international divers working to make sure the boys and their coach got out.

The rescue was led by four British divers, John Volanthen, Richard Stanton, Jason Mallinson, and Chris Jewell, and two Australians, Richard Harris, a surgeon in anesthesia, and Craig Challen. Fortunately, the Wild Boars and their coach were safely rescued, escaping some cuts and bruises.

Now, the story of their rescue has been taken to the screen.

Newspaper Here’s everything you need to know about the cast Thirteen Lives and real life people involved in the rescue.

of the Thirteen Lives Cast and their real life characters

Richard Stanton — Viggo Mortensen

British divers John Volanthen (L) and Richard William Stanton (R) are seen with Thai rescuers at the Tham Luang Cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of the province Chiang Rai on July 3, 2018 after receipt. the children and the football coach will live in the cave.
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Three-time Oscar nominee Viggo Mortensen to Richard Stanton, MBE, GM, on Thirteen Lives.

Stanton is a member of the British Cave Rescue Council, and John Volanthen traveled to Thailand, offering their expertise to help save the boys.

They were the first divers to meet the 12 boys and their coach, hanging on a narrow rock wall in the “Pattaya Beach” office. They were trapped there for nine days when Stanton and Volanthen found them alive.

Speaking to CNN about the rescue missions, Stanton said he was not “calling it a miracle.”

He said: “I would go so far as to say that it’s a miracle that all of this is happening. It’s a miracle.”

Mortensen is best known for his role as Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings and Sigmund Freud in it It’s a Personal Deal.

His other notable credits include Captain Fantastic a Green Book, receiving Academy-Award nominations for his performances.

John Volanthen — Colin Farrell

Irish actor Colin Farrell stars as British businessman John Volanthen, GM, in Thirteen Lives.

Volanthen dives as a hobby and serves as a lifeguard, along with his day job as an IT specialist in Bristol, England. However, in 2018, his life changed when he led a diving team with Stanton, who rescued 12 boys and their teacher between July 8-10, 2018.

Speaking to Insider about getting Golden Globe winner Colin Farrell to portray him on screen, Volanthen said: “It’s amazing how someone tries to teach you. The amount of the traits he picked up were not the ones I expected or tried to teach him.”

Most recently, Farrell starred in Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin in Batmana role he will reprise on HBO Max’s own spin-off.

He is best known for playing Detective Ray Velcoro in The True DetectiveDavid inside The lobster, and Percival Graves/Gellert Grindelwald on Best pets and where to find them.

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Center right: Joel Egerton, Colin Farrell and Viggo Mortensen in “Thirteen Lives,” the actors learned to dive to recreate the Tham Luang rescue from 2018.
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Richard “Harry” Harris – Joel Edgerton

Joel Edgerton profiles Australian diver and diver, Richard “Harry” Harris in Thirteen Lives.

In July 2018, Harris and fellow diver Craig Challen were contacted by the Thai government at the request of Stanton and Volanthen to assist them in their efforts to save the Wild Boar football club and their source from the Tham Luang Cave.

Harris played an important role in the rescue operation. He conducted a medical examination of all the boys and their coach when he entered the cave and on his medical advice, he decided that it was safe for them to be rescued by the team, including using anesthesia gives them the best hope of survival.

As seen in Thirteen lives, Harris gave each boy ketamine to put them to sleep and atropine to stop saliva production in order to prevent the boys from bleeding. He trained the rescue team on how to administer injections and resuscitate the boys during the three-hour rescue mission.

Harris and Challen were also awarded the 2019 Australian of the Year award for that save.

Edgerton who represented Harris in Thirteen Lives He is known for his young role as Owen Lars in the Star Wars franchise and series Disney +, Obi-Wan Kenobi.

His other notable credits include Zero Dark Thirty, The Great Gatsby, The King, a The Underground Railroad.

Chris Jewell – Tom Bateman

Tom Bateman stars as British diver and software consultant Chris Jewell in Thirteen Lives.

Along with Stanton, Volanthen, Jason Mallinson, Harris, and Challen, Jewell helps rescue the boys trapped in the cave.

Bateman is best known for his role as Giuliano de’ Medici in Da Vinci’s Demons and Bouc in it Murder on the Orient Express a Death on the Nile.

Speaking to the BBC, Bateman said that one day on set, he was held underwater for seven minutes.

He said: “I can remember being so hot and thinking, ‘I’m under water, but I’m out.’ [on a pulse monitor].

“But the beautiful gift of it is to overcome that … it’s in your head.

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Chris Jewell, Connor Roe, Josh Bratchley, Ron Howard, Rick Stanton and John Volanthen attend the “Thirteen Lives” Special Screening at Vue West End on July 18, 2022 in London, England.
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Saman Kunan — Sukollawat Kanaros

Thai actor, model and singer Sukollawat Kanaros portrays Saman Kunan in Thirteen Lives.

Kunan is a former Thai Navy SEAL who tragically died while assisting in the rescue mission.

On July 5th, Kunan dived into compartment 3 to salvage three air tanks and on his return he ran into the complex, losing consciousness underwater.

He was pronounced dead at 1 a.m. on July 6. He was 37 years old. He was later promoted to commander by the commander of the Royal Thai Navy and was awarded the Knight Grand Cross (first class) of the Most Exalted Order of the White Elephant by King Vajiralongkorn .

Ekkapol Chantawong — Teeradon Supapunpinyo

Thai actor Teeradon Supapunpinyo portrayed Ekkapol Chantawong in Thirteen Livesthe 25-year football coach of the Wild Boars.

Chantawong was the last member of the group to be rescued from the cave on July 10, 2018.

At that time, Chantawong, along with several other boys in the football team, was stateless but almost a month after the rescue, he received Thai citizenship. Today, he runs his own football school in the Chiang Rai province of Northern Thailand.

Supapunpinyo is known for its position of Sun in HormonesPat it in smart, and Min i residence.

He is a former member of the boy band Nine by Nine and Trinity.

Also on the broadcast of Thirteen Lives is:

  • Thiraphat Sajakul as Anand
  • Sahajak Boonthanakit as Narongsak Osatanakorn
  • Vithaya Pansringarm as General Anupong Paochinda
  • Nophand Boonyai as Thanet Natisri
  • U Gambira like Kruba Boonchum

Thirteen Lives is streaming on Prime Video now.

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