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Here's the cast of '3 Body Problem,' Netflix's next sci-fi epic, and who they're playing

jin cheng and jack rooney in three body problem, dressed in historical garments, soaking set, and peering out of a tub of water
Jin Cheng (Jess Hong) and Jack Rooney (John Bradley) in "3 Body Problem."Ed Miller/Netflix
  • "3 Body Problem" is Netflix's next sci-fi epic, based on Liu Cixin's "Remembrance of Earth's Past" novels.

  • David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, and Alexander Woo are the showrunners.

  • Here's the cast of the show and who they're playing.

Netflix's "3 Body Problem" is the next large-scale project from "Game of Thrones" showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with Alexander Woo of "The Terror: Infamy."

An adaptation of Chinese author Liu Cixin's "Remembrance of Earth's Past" trilogy, "3 Body Problem" is an alien story more in the vein of Carl Sagan's "Contact" than H.G. Wells' "War of the Worlds." During the Cultural Revolution, Chinese astrophysicist Ye Wenjie makes a pivotal choice that sets humanity's course for the next four centuries: a group of aliens are on their way to Earth, and they're looking to conquer.

The Netflix adaptation remixes some characters from Liu's novel into a group of Oxford physics alums who find themselves wrapped up in the alien mystery. Other characters, like Ye Wenjie (played at different ages by breakout star Zine Tseng and Rosalind Chao) or Da Shi (Benedict Wong) are closer to their depictions in the original novel.

From Marvel stars to actors making their major series debut, here's the cast of "3 Body Problem" and who they play.

Zine Tseng plays young Ye Wenjie.

left: young ye wenjie in 3 body problem, wearing a brown hat and sitting in front of a radio control center, bathed in sunlight; right: zine tseng in a sheer silver dress at south by southwest, he hair worn long
Zine Tseng plays young Ye Wenjie in "3 Body Problem."Ed Miller/Netflix; Rick Kern/Getty Images for Netflix

As a young woman, Ye Wenjie witnesses her father get beaten to death during a struggle session during the Cultural Revolution. She ends up making a pivotal decision that will affect everyone on Earth.

Tseng is making her debut performance in a major series in "3 Body Problem," having previously appeared in the short films "On a Whim" and "Learning English."

Rosalind Chao plays an older Ye Wenjie.

left: ye wenjie in 3 body problem, older with a short bob and a red cardigan; right: rosalind chao with short hair, wearing gold earrings and smiling
Rosalind Chao plays Ye Wenjie in "3 Body Problem."Netflix/YouTube; Rick Kern/Getty Images for Netflix

Ye Wenjie appears in the present-day continuity of the series as well, still grappling with the decision that she made years ago.

Chao recently appeared in Disney's live-action "Mulan," as well the Netflix series "Sweet Tooth." She's known for films like "The Joy Luck Club."

Eiza González plays Auggie Salazar.

left: auggie salazar in three body problem, her hair worn in a brown bob and wearing a purple hat and brown coat; right: eiza gonzales with dark hair, smiling and wearing a red dress
Eiza Gonzáles plays Auggie Salazar in "3 Body Problem."Netflix; Rick Kern/Getty Images for Netflix

Auggie is one of the "Oxford Five" who now researches nanotechnology.

González recently starred in "Ambulance," as well as other films including "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" and "Alita: Battle Angel." She also had a brief appearance in the recent Prime Video series "Mr. and Mrs. Smith."

Jovan Adepo plays Saul Durand.

left: saul durand in 3 body problem, wearing thick rimmed glasses and a green flannel; right: jovan adepo at south by southwest, wearing a light brown jacket, with a mustache, and smiling slightly
Jovan Adepo plays Saul Durand in "3 Body Problem."Netflix; Rick Kern/Getty Images for Netflix

Saul is another member of the "Oxford Five," working as a physical researcher in London.

Adepo starred in "Watchmen" (the 2019 HBO series), and recently appeared in "Babylon" and the TV adaptation of "The Stand."

Jess Hong plays Jin Cheng.

left: jin cheng in 3 body problem, holding up an owl and wearing an old english dress, with a candelabra in the background; right: jess hong at the 3 body premiere, wearing a high collared red dress with her hair in a swept over updo
Jess Hong plays Jin Cheng in "3 Body Problem."Ed Miller/Netflix; Rick Kern/Getty Images for Netflix

Jin, also of the "Oxford Five," is a theoretical physicist who becomes intimately involved in the alien mysteries that the show starts to unravel.

Hong previously appeared in the TV series "Inked" and "The Brokenwood Mysteries."

John Bradley plays Jack Rooney.

left: jack rooney in a hoodie and holding a futuristic silver helmet; right: john bradley at the 3 body premiere, wearing a black jacket and blue shirt
John Bradley plays Jack Rooney in "3 Body Problem."Netflix; Rick Kern/Getty Images for Netflix

Jack is the member of the "Oxford Five" who's fallen the farthest away from physics, instead building a career as an entrepreneur.

Bradley will be familiar to "Game of Thrones" fans as Samwell Tarly. He's recently appeared in "Moonfall" and "North Shore."

Alex Sharp plays Will Downing.

left: will in 3 body problem, wearing a blue coat and looking towards the sky; right: alex sharp in a light bronw coat and white shirt at south by southwest
Alex Sharp plays Will Downing in "3 Body Problem."Netflix; Rick Kern/Getty Images for Netflix

Will is the last member of the "Oxford Five." Having fallen out of pursuing physics as a career, he works as a physics teacher.

Sharp has previously appeared in "How to Talk to Girls at Parties" and "The Trial of the Chicago 7."

Benedict Wong plays Da Shi.

left: da shi sitting at a table, looking concerned and wearing a green shirt; right: benedict wong at south by southwest in a black jacket and blue shirt
Benedict Wong plays Da Shi in "3 Body Problem."Ed Miller/Netflix; Rick Kern/Getty Images for Netflix

Da Shi is an officer investigating the deaths of scientists around the world.

Wong will be familiar to Marvel Cinematic Universe fans as Wong, a sorcerer who first appeared in "Doctor Strange." He's also appeared in sci-fi films like "The Martian" and "Annihilation."

Liam Cunningham plays Wade.

left: wade in 3 body problem, his hair and facial hair trimmed neatly. he's wearing a black suit; right: liam cunningham in a light brown jacket and shirt, wearing glasses at south by southwest
Liam Cunningham plays Wade in "3 Body Problem."Ed Miller/Netflix; Rick Kern/Getty Images for Netflix

Wade is Da Shi's superior, a mysterious man with immense power.

Cunningham is also a "Game of Thrones" alum, and played Ser Davos Seaworth. He's recently appeared in "The Last Voyage of the Demeter" and has voiced characters in "Rick and Morty" and "Solar Opposites."

Jonathan Pryce plays Mike Evans.

left: mike evans, a man with thinning white hair and glasses, sitting backlit on a table; right:jonathan pryce, wearing a black jacket and purple scarf, along with black glasses
Jonathan Pryce plays Mike Evans in "3 Body Problem."Netflix; Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Evans is a reclusive billionaire and oil heir — one of great interest to Da Shi and Wade.

Pryce also appeared in "Game of Thrones," as well as series like "The Crown" and "Slow Horses."

Sea Shimooka plays Sophon.

left: sea shimooka as sophon, a woman floating in the air with a sword strapped to her back. she's wearing a sleeveless black top and long flowing skirt; right: shimooka on a red carpet, wearing a black cutout dress and silver chest piece that looks like a spine and ribs. her hair is cropped short
Sea Shimooka plays Sophon in "3 Body Problem."Netflix; John Salangsang/Variety via Getty Images

Sophon is an avatar in the show's hyper-realistic video game VR world.

Shimooka has previously appeared in TV series including "Arrow" and "MacGyver."

Marlo Kelly plays Tatiana.

left: tatiana in 3 body problem, looking up towards the sky with a rapturous expression; right: marlo kelly on a red carpet, wearing a halter black dress and with bangs styled in front of her face
Marlo Kelly plays Tatiana in "3 Body Problem."Netflix/YouTube; Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for AFI

Tatiana is passionately devoted to preparing for the aliens' arrival and grew up in Evans' organization.

Kelly previously appeared in the miniseries "Joe Vs. Carole," as well as other series, including "Dare Me" and "Patricia Moore."

Saamer Usmani plays Raj Varma.

left: raj varma in 3 body problem. he's a young man with a white shirt and balck tie, his hair slicked back and styled; right: saamer usmani on a red carpet, wearing a blue collared shirt with his hair worn curly
Saamer Usmani plays Raj Varma in "3 Body Problem."Ed Miller/Netflix; Arturo Holmes/Getty Images

Varma is Jin's boyfriend and grew up in a military family. He must balance his work as a naval officer with his relationship.

Usmani has been in miniseries like "Inventing Anna" and "What/If," and appeared in series like "Succession" and "The Other Two."

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