'The Mauritanian' Full Cast List: Meet Tahar Rahim, Benedict Cumberbatch and other stars from the Golden Globe-nominated film

'The Mauritanian' Full Cast List: Meet Tahar Rahim, Benedict Cumberbatch and other stars from the Golden Globe-nominated film
Tahar Rahim, Jodie Foster and Benedict Cumberbatch feature in the Golden Globe-nominated film, 'The Mauritanian'(Getty Images)

The awards season has finally started and the entire entertainment industry is now gearing up for the upcoming Golden Globe awards ceremony. The nominations are already out and there were a few surprises as well. One of the movies that garnered nominations in two categories is Kevin MacDonald’s critically acclaimed movie ‘The Mauritanian’.

The film follows the story of a defense attorney, her associate, and a military prosecutor who come together to uncover the far-reaching conspiracy while investigating the case of a suspected 9/11 terrorist imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for six years.


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The movie is packed with a lot of Hollywood A-listers such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Jodie Foster, and Shailene Woodley. Meanwhile, the award-winning French actor Tahar Rahim is playing the lead role in the film.

Let’s take a look at the stellar actors appearing in the movie.

Tahar Rahim as Mohmedou Ould Slahi

Actor Tahar Rahim attends 'Le Passe' photocall during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2013 in Cannes, France. (Getty Images)

Born in July 1981, Tahar Rahim is a French actor of Algerian descent. Rahim started his acting career in the movie ‘The 9/11 Commission Report’ in 2006. After featuring in a couple of projects, Rahim garnered universal acclaim for his acting in the movie ‘A Prophet’ in 2009. He played the role of Malik in the movie and won numerous accolades for the movie, including the prestigious Cesar Award for Best Actor.

In 2018, he appeared as Judas in the film ‘Mary Magdalene’ alongside Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix.

He has been nominated in the Best Actor by an Actor in a Motion Picture (Drama) for ‘The Mauritanian’ at this year’s Golden Globes.

Tahar Rahim in the movie 'The Mauritanian' (IMDb)

Jodie Foster as Nancy Hollander

Jodie Foster, one of the most iconic actors of all-time, plays the role of Slahi’s attorney Nancy Hollander in the movie. Foster has been a part of the industry for more than five decades and has appeared in many award-winning projects. In 1976, she acted in Martin Scorsese’s epic movie ‘Taxi Driver’ and made an incredible impression on the minds of the people.

Director Jodie Foster attends the "Money Monster" Photocall during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 12, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Getty Images)

In 1988, the actress won her first best actress trophy for ‘The Accused’. Foster received her second Oscar in 1991 for playing a young FBI trainee named Clarice Starling who is hunting a serial killer, “Buffalo Bill” (Ted Levine), who skins his female victims in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’. The movie turned out to be a huge success for her and won numerous accolades. Foster won the best actress trophy at the Academy Awards in 1992. She also won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA for ‘The Silence of the Lambs’. Foster has appeared in more than 75 projects in her illustrious career and won 58 awards for her work.

Jodie Foster as Nancy Hollander in 'The Mauritanian' (IMDb)

Benedict Cumberbatch as Lt. Col Stuart Couch

Born in July 1976, as Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch, the British actor gained prominence with the TV series ‘Hawking’ in 2004. The actor appeared in several projects from 2004 and 2010, but he showed his true potential in BBC’s blockbuster hit series ‘Sherlock’. Playing the titular character, Cumberbatch gave an idea of how would the famous detective Sherlock Holmes would behave and solve cases in the modern world. The actor won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a miniseries or a TV movie for ‘Sherlock’ in 2014.

Benedict Cumberbatch attends the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Getty Images)

The British actor received his first Oscar nomination in 2015 for ‘The Imitation Game’ in which he played the role of English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

He is now part of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and portrays the character of Doctor Strange in Marvel movies.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Lt. Col Stuart Couch in 'The Mauritanian' (IMDb)

Shailene Woodley as Teri Duncan

Woodley plays the role of Teri Duncan in the movie, who is an associate of Foster’s character. She, along with Nancy, faces a lot of obstacles in the pursuit of justice.

Female Star of Tomorrow award winner actress Shailene Woodley attends The CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards brought to you by The Coca-Cola Company during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on March 27, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Getty Images)

Considered one of the brightest talents in the industry right, Woodley started her career in 1999 as a child actor. Born in 1991, the actress has been a part of various TV series such as ‘The O.C.’, ‘Crossing Jordan’ and ‘Jack & Bobby’ at the initial part of her career. Woodley shared the screen with George Clooney in the movie ‘The Descendants’ and got herself a nomination at the Golden Globes in 2012.

She made a swift transition to television in 2017 and was a part of the HBO’s hit series ‘Big Little Lies’ along with Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Reese Witherspoon, and Zoe Kravitz.

Shailene Woodley and Jodie Foster in 'The Mauritanian' (IMDb)


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