The cast of Marvel’s Inhumans is beginning to take shape with notable names — Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels), Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones), Serinda Swan (Graceland) and Ken Leung (Lost) starring in the upcoming ABC superhero drama.
The Inhumans, a race of super humans with diverse and singularly unique powers, were first introduced in Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965. Since that time, they have grown in prominence and become some of the most popular and iconic characters in the Marvel Universe. Marvel’s Inhumans will explore the never-before-told epic adventure of Black Bolt and the royal family.
Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon has been cast in the lead role of Maximus, a clever and charming Inhuman fiercely devoted to the people of Attilan, especially his brother, the King – although he harbors an intense desire to wear the crown himself.
“Iwan’s ability to be charming, roguish, and still completely unexpectedly dangerous were all the different sides we needed to bring the character to life. We are thrilled to have him on board, said Joseph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television and Executive Producer.
Anson Mount, star of AMC’s Hell on Wheels, has landed the lead role of Black Bolt, the enigmatic, commanding King of the Inhumans, with a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city.
“Black Bolt is a character whose deep complexity must be conveyed without uttering a single word, and I’m very excited to have Anson on board to bring him to life,” said executive producer and showrunner Scott Buck.
Graceland and Ballers star Serinda Swan will star as Medusa, Queen of the Inhumans and wife of Black Bolt. Medusa is Black Bolt’s most trusted advisor and is a fiercely resilient warrior with the ability to move and control her hair the way most people use their hands and fingers. Medusa is the voice of Royal Family.
“Serinda empowers Medusa’s regal glory and still maintains a relatability that synced perfectly with the character,” said Loeb. “She is nothing short of wonderful.”
Rounding out the Royal Family will be Ken Leung (Night Shift, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Karnak, Black Bolt’s cousin and closest advisor. His gift is an baility to see the fault in all things – people, plans, structures, everything. He is Black Bolt’s most ardent supporter and strategist and is often seen as the royal family’s planner and philosopher.
“Ken Leung has a great natural intelligence that reads clearly and will add depth and complexity to the very complicated character of Karnak,” Buck added.
Marvel and ABC announced the series order for the drama in November, revealing the series will premiere exclusively in IMAX theaters. Under the agreement, a version of the first two episodes of Marvel’s Inhumans –produced in conjunction with ABC Studios and filmed entirely with IMAX digital cameras–will run worldwide exclusively in IMAX for two weeks at the beginning of September 2017. The series will then premiere September 27 on ABC for an eight-episode first season.
Marvel’s Inhumans is executive produced by Scott Buck (Dexter, Marvel’s Iron Fist) along with Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Luke Cage) and Jim Chory (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Luke Cage) with Buck serving as showrunner. Roel Reine (The Delivery, Black Sails) will direct the first two episodes.
This series is a Marvel and IMAX project and is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios.