The Inhumans Are Coming, Though Without Vin Diesel

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Fans of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones will know him as Ramsay Bolton, the vicious, evil little so-and-so who did some unspeakable things before his demise in the last series.

However, Iwen Rheon, the actor who brought the wicked Bolton heir to the screen, will soon be famous for another role.

Being the first actor officially tied to the looming ABC/Marvel live-action Inhumans series, Rheon is making his way to the MCU.

Set to play Maximus the Mad, a member of the Inhumans royal family, Rheon’s character is someone who Deadline have described as being “a clever and charming Inhuman that is fiercely devoted to the people of Attilan, especially his brother, the King – although he harbours an intense desire to wear the crown himself.”

Sounds not too far removed from the character of Ramsay Bolton then really.
Maximus is a character of great tactical intellect who possesses a number of mental powers, though his own mental instability does affect how he ends up using these abilities.

Jeph Loeb, the Head of Marvel TV and the executive producer for Inhumans said how “Iwan’s ability to be charming, roguish, and still completely unexpectedly dangerous were all different sides we needed to bring the character to life.”

Showrunner for Inhumans, and executive producer for Marvel’s Iron Fist, Scott Buck, commented how “Maximus is a complex character. Likeable, charming, tragic, and villainous all in the same moment, and I’m very excited to have someone of Iwan’s considerable talent.”

High praise for the guy who use to flay people alive in Westeros.

Anson Mount, who has found fame in Hell on Wheels previously, is set to play Black Bolt – this is of course, completely different to the long-standing rumours that Vin Diesel wanted to play the King of the Inhumans.

Black Bolt, whose power is that he converts electrons into energy and unleashes it through his voice meaning the slightest whisper is enough to level an entire city, also means that any actor cast as him would need to express themselves without ever uttering a word.

Jeph Loeb said how “Anson loves the challenge of playing a character who will only communicate silently. His enthusiasm mixed with his imposing, almost regal persona, made it easy to see why he is our Black Bolt.”

Black Bolt traditionally communicates his wishes through his wife, Medusa, who will be played by Serinda Swan of Graceland fame.

Loeb told Entertainment Weekly how Swan “empowers Medusa’s regal glory and still maintains a relatability that synced perfectly with the character.”

Scott Buck added, “I couldn’t be happier to have her as our Queen of Attilan.”

Medusa’s power comes in the form of her long, red hair, being able to utilise it as additional limbs, though her greatest asset would arguably be that she is Black Bolt’s confidant and translator, which in itself would bestow tremendous power to the Queen.

The third member of the Inhuman royal family to be announced came in the form of Karnak. Lost alum Ken Leung has taken on the role of Black Bolt’s cousin.

The difference between Karnak and the rest of the Inhumans is that Karnak was never exposed to the Terrigen Mists that granted the Inhumans their special abilities.

Karnak instead dedicated his time to study, through which he was able to develop the ability to see the fault in all things, meaning he acts as a pessimistic advisor to the King – not really a superpower if you ask me, but who am I to judge Stan Lee and Jack Kirby?

And, as reported by the Hollywood Reporter, the remaining members of the Inhumans Royal Family are as follows:

Isabella Cornish will play Crystal, Medusa’s younger sister with the ability to control the elements; Eme Ikwuakor is set to play Gorgon, Black Bolt’s cousin, the leader of the Attilan military, with super strong legs complete with hooves that can generate destructive seismic waves with a single stomp; Mike Moh will play Triton, another of Black Bolt’s cousins who can also breath underwater with the fishes he lives with; Sonya Balmores is Auran, the head of the Royal Guards on Attilan; and finally, Ellen Woglam in an as-yet-unnamed role.

Inhumans, which is a coproduction between ABC and Marvel Studios, will debut in IMAX cinemas on or around the 1st of September and will run for two weeks.

It will then premiere on ABC in America, and probably Channel 4 in the UK, sometime later in the same month.

Inhumans is expected to air all eight episodes of season 1 uninterrupted each week, with the first two episodes airing as one IMAX presentation lasting around 80 minutes or so.

These first two episodes will also be shot entirely with IMAX cameras and will screen in 1000 cinemas across 74 countries.

– James Wright, 06/03/2017

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