Velvet Buzzsaw Cast & Character Guide

Netflix’s Velvet Buzzsaw cast is loaded with talented actors playing uniquely quirky characters. Written and directed by Dan Gilroy, Velvet Buzzsaw mixes satire with supernatural horror and features a reunion of the filmmaker with Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo, the stars of Nightcrawler, his 2014 skewering of the LA news industry.

Velvet Buzzsaw parodies the pretentious Los Angeles contemporary art world but then introduces bloody murders and horror elements. Gilroy’s film invokes Robert Altman’s film The Player melded with Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho as it glides through its large and memorable cast of snooty characters. When the discovery of the late artist Vetril Dease’s body of work, which is worth millions, sets off a scramble to cash in on Dease’s art, a series of gruesome killings soon follows as a supernatural force takes revenge on the greedy artists and collectors.


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The horror-art satire, Velvet Buzzsaw, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival before becoming available to stream on Netflix. Gilroy was able to draw top-tier talent for the Velvet Buzzsaw cast, which elevates his compellingly strange, satirical, horror film. Here’s everyone on the Velvet Buzzsaw cast:

Velvet Buzzsaw’s Cast & Characters

Jake Gyllenhaal as Morf Vandewalt – Vandewalt is a snooty art critic and kingmaker in the art world who plans to write a book about the deceased artist Vetril Dease. Gyllenhaal has appeared in Brokeback Mountain, Jarhead, Nightcrawler and even Prince of Persia: Sands of Time. And he will soon play Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Rene Russo as Rhodora Haze – Rhodora is a former punk rocker turned successful art gallery owner who plots to become filthy rich of off Vetril Dease’s art. Russo has appeared in Lethal Weapon 3, Nightcrawler, The Thomas Crown Affair, and she played Frigga in Thor and Thor: The Dark World.

Toni Collette as Gretchen – Gretchen is a greedy museum curator hoping to make a fortune by displaying Dease’s work. Collette is an Academy Award-nominee for The Sixth Sense and has appeared in About A Boy and Hereditary.

Zawe Ashton as Josephina – Josephina is an ambitious art assistant who discovers her dead next door neighbor’s art is worth millions and she tries to cash in on his notoriety. Ashton is a British actress who has starred in Greta, Nocturnal Animals, and Wanderlust.

Tom Sturridge as Jon Dondon – Jon Dondon is a gallery owner and rival to Rhodora Haze who also covets Dease’s art. Sturridge is a British actor who has appeared in Far From The Maddening Crowd, Mary Shelley, and Sweetbitter.

Natalia Dyer as Coco – Coco is a receptionist at an art gallery. Dyer is best known for playing Nancy Wheeler on Stranger Things.

John Malkovich as Piers – Piers is an artist who has fallen out of favor after chasing sobriety for the last 15 years. A legendary Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated actor, Malkovich has appeared in notable films like Con Air and Being John Malkovich, and he most recently appeared in Netflix’s Bird Box and BBC One’s ABC Murders.

Daveed Diggs as Damrish – Damrish is an up-and-coming artist on the LA art scene. Diggs is a Grammy and Tony Award-winning performer who originated the roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson in the musical Hamilton.

Billy Magnusson as Bryson – Bryson is an assistant at Jon Dondon’s gallery. Magnusson has appeared in several roles over the past few years, including Black Mirror, Ingrid Goes West, and Game Night, as well as Netflix’s Maniac.

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Velvet Buzzsaw is available to stream on Netflix starting February 1.

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