In 2011, Zack Snyder‘s stylish, violent, and polarizing Sucker Punch hit theaters and introduced audiences to a cast of butt-stomping young ladies in leather (and the men who love and/or seek to destroy them). With a steampunk sensibility, a complex fantasy-inside-a-dream narrative, and memorable performances from a cast of up-and-comers, it was one of the most unique films of the year — even if critics kinda hated it. But whatever happened to Babydoll, Sweet Pea, Rocket, Blondie, Amber, and all the rest of Snyder’s dual-universe-inhabiting faves after the cameras stopped rolling? Here’s where they all ended up.
Vanessa Hudgens as Blondie
Sucker Punch was a big move away from Vanessa Hudgens’ Disney roots, and she only increased her bad-girl quotient when she followed up that performance with the trashy-violent cool kid flick Spring Breakers and a decidedly unglamorous role in Gimme Shelter. However, Hudgens clearly hasn’t gotten the musical theater geek entirely out of her system; a few years after her gun-slinging, grenade-throwing turn as Blondie, she was back to belting ballads as Betty Rizzo on Grease Live!
More recently, she’s enjoyed a starring role on primetime TV comedy Powerless, where she played an employee at an insurance agency for superheroes. Next up is a role in the long-awaited Will Smith/Martin Lawrence threequel Bad Boys for Life. Meanwhile, she keeps up with fans on Instagram, where she enjoys playing with filters, offers up beauty product recs, and posts lots of sweet shout-outs to her longtime boyfriend Austin Butler.
Abbie Cornish as Sweet Pea
You’ve gotta love Abbie Cornish’s capacity for reinvention. Before Sucker Punch, she was known primarily as the leading lady of period romance Bright Star (and secondarily as the woman whose rumored affair with Ryan Phillippe broke up his marriage to Reese Witherspoon). But just as Cornish refused to be pigeonholed into a corseted career after Bright Star, she also kept it interesting and unusual after her leather-clad turn in Sucker Punch. What followed were roles in such diverse projects as RoboCop, Geostorm, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
In 2018, she made headlines by speaking out in an eloquent defense of Amma Asante’s controversial film Where Hands Touch, in which she starred with Amandla Stenberg and George Mackay. That same year, she took an ongoing role in Amazon’s Jack Ryan alongside John Krasinski. And that’s not all: Cornish is also known to occasionally take a break from her acting life to spit rhymes in her second career as a rapper.
Jena Malone as Rocket
Jena Malone had been acting for ages by the time she scored a role in Sucker Punch, and she didn’t slow down afterward. In 2012, she traded her leather bustier and fishnet pants for a long skirt and high-necked blouse, joining the period TV drama Hatfields & McCoys. The following year, she was a scene-stealing presence as Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. She also reteamed with Sucker Punch director Zack Snyder in 2016 for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (her scenes were later deleted, but restored to the extended home video version), and worked with Tom Ford on the Oscar-nominated Nocturnal Animals and with Nicolas Winding Refn on The Neon Demon that same year.
Lately, though, Malone is less involved in Hollywood and more interested in her new roles as a mom, a photographer, and a writer. The actress gave birth to her first child with then-boyfriend Ethan Delorenzo in May 2016.
Jamie Chung as Amber
Scoring a role in Sucker Punch was a major coup for Jamie Chung, who got her start on MTV’s The Real World and used the show as a launchpad into a legit acting career. Since 2011, you’re most likely to have seen her in repeat appearances on Once Upon a Time, where she played the role of Mulan, or heard her in the role of Go-Go Tomago in Big Hero 6, a role she reprised for the Disney XD series. Chung’s other high-profile recurring TV roles include Valerie Vale on Gotham and Blink on Fox’s short-lived X-Men series The Gifted. In 2019, she took a central voice role in Sherwood, an animated sci-fi reimagining of the Robin Hood legend for YouTube Premium. She’s also gotten married, and is an outspoken activist, championing progressive causes on Twitter.
Carla Gugino as Dr. Vera Gorski
After playing superhero Sally Jupiter in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen and a therapist-slash-dance-madam in Sucker Punch, Carla Gugino hasn’t lost her taste for the dark and weird. (She also hasn’t lost her insanely toned biceps, but that’s another story.) Since then, she’s held down major roles on Wayward Pines and Californication — and she’s even teamed up with Snyder for a third and fourth time, lending her voice to a couple of key Kryptonian moments in his Superman films.
In 2017, she starred alongside a talented ensemble cast in the sci-fi flick The Space Between Us; she also took on the incredible challenge of holding down a horror film singlehandedly (and in handcuffs!) when she played Jessie Burlingame in Netflix’s adaptation of the Stephen King novel Gerald’s Game. Gugino kept the Netflix creeps coming with a leading role in The Haunting of Hill House.
Oscar Isaac as Blue Jones
With Ex Machina, X-Men: Apocalypse, and the Star Wars sequel trilogy, it’s been pretty hard not to see Oscar Isaac on the big screen in some form or another in recent years (or hear him, in the case of 2019’s animated Addams Family revival). In fact, he’s the one member of Snyder’s Sucker Punch cast who’s exponentially more famous now than he was in 2011. Isaac was right at the start of his career when he scored a minor role as the murderous, entitled Sucker Punch pimp with the world’s most evil pencil mustache (or perhaps just an orderly at the asylum, depending on which narrative you believe).
Now, he’s one of the hottest actors in Hollywood, with such prestigious projects on the way as Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Dune. But perhaps because he got so mega-famous so fast, Isaac keeps a comparatively low profile in real life: no Twitter, no Insta, no official Facebook. He’s also so secretive about his private life, particularly the existence of a romantic partner, that there’s practically an entire cottage industry dedicated to unraveling the mysteries of how he spends his time when he’s not onscreen.
Jon Hamm as High Roller, Doctor
Though he kept busy with Mad Men for most of the early aughts, Jon Hamm was never so busy that he couldn’t take a moment between seasons to show up in a movie or two — and in Sucker Punch, he played a small but pivotal role. In one narrative, he’s the brothel’s smarmy VIP client; in the other, he’s the asylum doctor who lobotomizes helpless young ladies with a stainless steel awl (although Hamm’s most interesting and extensive scene in the film was ultimately cut, making his total screen time very brief indeed). Needless to say, Jon Hamm didn’t disappear after Sucker Punch; he continued for another several years on Mad Men, winning a Golden Globe and an Emmy for his performance as Don Draper, and made memorable appearances in Bridesmaids and Friends with Kids (with a producing credit on the latter).
Not that it’s all been sunshine and daisies for Hamm in the intervening years — his longtime relationship with Jennifer Westfeldt was a casualty of the mass die-off of celeb romances in 2015, just a few months after Hamm announced that he’d entered rehab for alcohol addiction — but he’s still as sought-after as ever. Hamm’s recent big-screen roles include Baby Driver, Tag, and Bad Times ad the El Royale, and he’s had notable TV roles on The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Legion, and Good Omens. He also continues to be one of the handsomest men on the planet, if you were wondering.
Scott Glenn as Wiseman
There’s just something about Scott Glenn that says "grizzled, aged badass" — which is why, after appearing as Babydoll’s pseudo-spirit guide in Sucker Punch, he’s since gone on to play virtually the same role (only minus his eyesight, and plus a very big stick) in the Netflix series Daredevil and its spinoff, The Defenders. However, he doesn’t confine himself exclusively to action roles; you might also have seen him as Kevin Garvey, Sr. on the HBO drama The Leftovers.
Glenn is as tough off-screen as the characters he plays (the dude is approaching eighty and still trains with Seal Team 6 to stay in shape for his roles) — and when he’s not making a movie or TV show, he’s a die-hard thrill-seeker. If he’s not on camera, you’ll probably find him riding motorcycles, jumping out of planes, or spear-fishing in the middle of the ocean and punching sharks in the face for funsies.
Richard Cetrone as CJ
You might not have known it from the way he was always lurking over Oscar Isaac’s shoulder (and always slightly out of focus) in the Sucker Punch brothel, but Richard Cetrone is much more than a random background actor; he’s one of the hardest-working stuntmen in Hollywood. And before you saw him in Snyder’s weird steampunk fantasy, you’d almost certainly seem him before — including inside the big red suit in the first Iron Man film.
Whether he’s swaggering around in a superhero suit or cracking skulls as a henchman, Cetrone is gifted at looking intimidating onscreen (his jawline alone is enough to make ordinary citizens soil themselves in terror), and he does it a lot.
He’s played a Frost Giant in Thor, a Kryptonian named Tor-An in Man of Steel, the Headless Horseman on TV’s Sleepy Hollow, and — though he was unrecognizable under a pile of prosthetics — the hideous merman who had Bradley Whitford for dinner in The Cabin in the Woods. And if you look closely at the fight scenes in virtually any major action flick released this decade, you’re likely to see him in an uncredited role; Cetrone has done stunt work for both DC and MCU films, including taking hits as a body double for David Thewlis in the 2017 blockbuster Wonder Woman.
Gerard Plunkett as Stepfather
By the time Zack Snyder tapped him to play the sadistic, greedy Stepfather in Sucker Punch, Irish-born Gerard Plunkett had been working onscreen for a solid 25 years — a career that included the privilege of being eaten alive by air-traveling pythons in Snakes on a Plane.
Plunkett seems to specialize in playing somewhat (or sometimes extremely) nasty people, which made him a natural for the role of the eeeevil antagonist who commits poor Babydoll to an asylum in order to take her inheritance. And since then, it’s also made him the go-to guy pretty much anytime someone needs a character actor to play a bald, not-entirely-pleasant man — which Plunkett seems happy enough to do, without any fuss.
After Sucker Punch, he enjoyed a multi-episode arc on Fringe as a shape-shifting senator, a guest spot on Supernatural, an appearance as an Internal Affairs officer on The Killing, and another one-off role on the Netflix original series Travelers. Don’t let his on-screen personas fool you, though; in real life, Plunkett is a totally nice and normal guy who enjoys his privacy and tweets for good causes, like the ongoing campaign to keep honeybees from going extinct.
Ron Selmour as Danforth
Like many other characters in Sucker Punch, the character of Danforth (portrayed by Ron Selmour) appears in both "real" and "dream" worlds. He works maintenance at Lennox House and also serves as a dutiful, silent underling of Blue Jones (Oscar Isaac). Sucker Punch blended elements of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, and action, and after his appearance in Zack Snyder’s imaginative outing, Selmour carved out a career in those kinds of TV shows, landing one-time or recurring guest roles on a number of popular shows.
Following Sucker Punch, Selmour popped up on Red Widow, Witches of East End, Continuum, Supernatural, and Minority Report. Fans of the CW’s many comic book-inspired shows might recognize him from his role as the Butcher on four episodes of Arrow, or Xavier on Legends of Tomorrow, or Terrell Johnson on iZombie. Seymour had a major role as Sundown on the Discovery Channel’s gold rush miniseries Klondike, and as of 2018, he’s working on a big project called The Occurrent. Seymour wrote and stars in the mystery film about "a woman with no identity."
Christine Willes as Reception Nurse
Christine Willes is the consummate character actress, repeatedly turning up in this TV series or that movie, usually for a few minutes at a time and completely stealing the scene from the ostensible star of the project. That’s what she did with her brief but memorable role as a suspicious nurse at the grim Lennox House for the Mentally Insane. In the alternate brothel world, she designs the ladies’ provocative costumes.
Willes seems to have a knack for landing small but vital roles on well-loved TV series. Before Sucker Punch, she co-starred on Dead Like Me as Delores Herbig, the ultra-chipper temp agency boss with a dark past, and on Reaper as Gladys, a DMV employee who also happened to be a demon. Back in the ’90s, Willes recurred on The X-Files as Agent Karen E. Kosseff, but played a nun in the show’s 2016 revival. Viewers may also have spotted her as the villainous Granny Goodness on Smallville, spiritual leader Vera Kane on The 100, or as lawyer Patty Deckler on the soap Mistresses.
Emily Browning as Babydoll
Some folks thought that Sucker Punch would catapult Emily Browning to A-list superstar status, only to find that her career trajectory was still just as oddball and eclectic as ever. Turns out, the actress who got her start as Violet Baudelaire in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events has a real thing for complicated characters and under-the-radar projects, and a typical Hollywood trajectory is the last thing on her mind. Instead, she’s been very picky about when and where she shows up onscreen since Sucker Punch.
Her most mainstream roles on the big screen in recent years were in the historical disaster flick (and unfortunate box office bomb) Pompeii and the double Tom Hardy twin gangster film Legend, but her bread and butter is the foreign and festival circuit, where she turns up in movies that most mainstream audiences will never even hear about, let alone see in theaters. These days, you’re most likely to catch her on the small screen, where she scored a prime role in the Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. She also keeps a low profile in real life — dating a guy much less famous than she is and running an eclectic Instagram account that’s as un-Hollywood as they come.