'Thirteen Lives' on Amazon Prime Video: Meet the Thai cast of the survival thriller
The film is helmed by ‘A Beautiful Mind’ director and Oscar-winner Ron Howard
The official synopsis of the film reads, “In the true story of Thirteen Lives, twelve boys and the coach of a Thai soccer team explore the Tham Luang cave when an unexpected rainstorm traps them in a chamber inside the mountain. Entombed behind a maze of flooded cave tunnels, they face impossible odds. A team of world-class divers navigate through miles of dangerous cave networks to discover that finding the boys is only the beginning.”
Before ‘Thirteen Lives’ releases in August 2022, let's take a look at the Thai stars who are also part of this multi-starrer.
Sukollawat Kanarot as Saman Kunan
The 37-year-old is a huge star in Thai television and film industry. He was nominated for the Best Actor award for his strong performance in ‘Malila: The Farewell Flower’ at the 12th Asian film awards in Macau in 2018. Besides, Kanarot has proven his mettle as an actor with fine performances in Thai films like ‘The Teacher’s Diary,’ ‘Dew,’ ‘Ghost is All Around,’ and ‘When the Miracle Happens’ and so on. ‘Thirteen Lives’ marks his big Hollywood debut.
Thiraphat Sajakul as Anand
Thiraphat Sajakul, nicknamed Tui, is a Thai singer, actor, and radio station manager. He has acted in many Thai shows like ‘The Bitch War,’ ‘Club Friday 9,’ ‘Wan Tee Ter Hai Pai,’ and so on. After winning the hearts of Thai audiences and fans, Sajakul is now all set to wow audiences as Anand in Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Thirteen Lives’.
Sahajak Boonthanakit as Narongsak Osatanakorn
The 41-year-old Thai star has acted in a few Hollywood films, including ‘The Beach,’ ‘Broke Down Palace,’ ‘Only God Forgives,’ ‘The Lady,’ and ‘No Escape.’ In the Thai industry, he is known for the critically acclaimed Netflix series ‘Bangkok Breaking,’ and films like ‘Fistful Of Vengeance’ (Netflix Thailand), ‘The Maestro,’ ‘Karmalink,’ ‘AI Love You,’ ‘Cracked’ and so on. He plays Narongsak Osatanakorn in ‘Thirteen Lives.’
Vithaya Pansringarm as General Anupong Paochinda
The 62-year-old won the best actor award in June 2014 at the Shanghai International Film Festival for his nuanced performance as Chavoret in ‘The Last Executioner.’ He has also acted alongside Ryan Gosling in ‘Only God Forgives.’ Besides, he has acted in several Chinese films like ‘The White Storm,’ ‘Operation Mekong,’ ‘Paradox,’ and ‘Samui Song.’ He has also proven his versatility by acting in some French films like ‘The Burma Conspiracy,’ and ‘Paradise Beach.’ Pansringarm's General Anupong Paochinda might very well be one of the highlights of ‘Thirteen Lives.’
Teeradon Supapunpinyo as Ekkaphon Chanthawong
The 25-year-old Thai actor, singer and model, also known by his nickname James, became recognized as an actor for his role in the GTH Thai television series ‘Hormones’. He has also starred in acclaimed Thai language films like ‘Bad Genius’ and ‘Homestay.’ He was also a member of the boy group ‘Nine by Nine’ under 4nologue from 2018 to 2019. After that, he was a member of the boy band ‘Trinity’ from 2019 to 2021 under 4nologue. Currently, he has left the boy band and is focusing on his career as an actor. He is set to make his Hollywood debut with ‘Thirteen Lives,’ playing Ekkaphon Chanthawong (Eak), the coach of the junior football team that was trapped in a cave in 2018.
Besides these Thai stars, ‘Thirteen Lives’ also features some Hollywood big names like Viggo Mortensen, Joel Edgerton, Colin Farrell and Tom Bateman. ‘Thirteen Lives’ releases globally on Amazon Prime Video on August 5, 2022.
The film is directed and produced by Ron Howard in collaboration with Storyteller and Magnolia Mae Films. It is represented by Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM) Pictures with BRON Creative. The film’s screenplay was written by William Nicholson.