Played by Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers, Sleepy Hollow), Jacques is the heartbroken and lost protagonist of Beyond the Wave. His journey is to find once more a love he lost long ago. As he wanders the crumbling landscape, he encounters an unlikely travel partner in the energetic youthful Noria. Through her, he learns that the key to finding his lost connection has been within him all along, and he must make a sacrifice to redeem himself.
Introducing Zhu Wei Ling as Noria, this character is a strong and resourceful young woman who has not lost her energy or optimism in the cold reality of this hard landscape. She carries with her none of the grim severity or cynicism of Jacques, instead she is his opposite. In her, there is hope, and in him, Noria sees humanity. She finds herself bound to protect it for his sake, for her own, and for the world’s.
Played by Emilie Ohana (Paris, je t’aime, Vatel), Ashka is also on a journey to rediscover a lost connection, and to escape others. From her retreat in the Bamboo Forest, she has a unique and valuable perspective on the decaying world. Ashka’s is characterized by struggle, isolation, and remoteness, and she too must sacrifice something to save everything.