Netflix announces cast of ‘Thai Cave Rescue’ as shooting begins in Chiang Rai

Cast of ‘Thai Cave Rescue’ unveiled today by Netflix.
Cast of ‘Thai Cave Rescue’ unveiled today by Netflix.

After not mentioning it for over two years, Netflix uncorked some fresh deets on its Thai cave rescue series including who’s joined the cast and is running the show. 

Chronicling the 12 football players and coach whose 2018 rescue from a flooded cave gripped the world’s attention, Thai Cave Rescue will be a “limited series” – meaning a run of four to 10 episodes.

Papangkorn “Beam” Lerkchaleampote, who starred in Thai Netflix original The Stranded, will play coach Ekkapol “Ek” Chantawong and be joined by a slew of young newcomers as his charges.

Papangkorn “Beam” Lerkchaleampote
Papangkorn “Beam” Lerkchaleampote

Originally said to be helmed by Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu and Thai director Nattawut “Baz” Poonpiriya of Bad Genius fame, Netflix this morning said it has added Ledoux Miller and Russell Gunn, writers and producers of political thriller series Designated Survivor, as showrunners. 

They’ll also be among a deep bench of executive producers that includes Chu, John Penotti (Crazy Rich Asians), Lance Johnson (Troop Zero), John Logan Pierson (Spenser Confidential) and Tim Coddington (Mulan). 

Nattawut will share the director’s chair with some episodes directed by Kevin Tancharoen (Mortal Kombat, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).

The young footballers will be played by Pratya Patong, Thanaphong Kanthawong, Songpol Kanthawong, Thanawut Chetuku, Thapanot Huttaprasu, Chakkaphat Sisat, Thanapat Phungpumkaew, Teerapat Somkaew, Rattapoom Nakeesathid, Watcharaphol Poungsawan, Apisit Saengchan, and Aphisit Yookham.

The series has begun production in Chiang Rai and will air next year.


‘Bad Genius’ and ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ directors to helm Netflix Thai cave rescue series

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