Yesterday Jeff “In” Sneider went down the throw enough shit at the wall and hope that some of it sticks approach of rumor mongering when he mentioned that an actor that appeared on the ABC drama Lost is getting a big role on Marvel’s Inhumans…he thinks. Sneider mentioned himself that the cast of Lost is a substantial one and wished us well in deciphering his rumor. We here at the MCU Exchange are happy to take Sneider’s challenge and play his game. So, which Lost actors make the most sense and for what role? We have some thoughts.
About a month ago, the character breakdowns for Marvel’s Inhumans surfaced. These breakdowns give us our first piece of information that can help us start to deduce just who might end up taking on a role in the upcoming event series. The breakdowns really help narrow down the pool of actors available for the Royal Family (and for the sake of this piece, we’re presuming that the big role in question is one of the Inhuman Royals) in a couple of ways: age and race. For example, the breakdown for Maximus read as follows:
Marty: 30-40. Caucasian. Broderick’s younger brother; he is intelligent, charming, and articulate. He comes across as a man of the people but secretly covets power. Series regular.
Just a few short days ago, 31-year-old Iwan Rheon was cast in the role of “Marty.” I was actually a little shocked to see the Rheon was 31, but you can see that as a 31-year-old Caucasian, he fits the bill. Before we move on, I’m sure that it’s totally possible that Marvel Television might step outside these age brackets if they found the right actor, but for the sake of this article, we’re gonna pretend they won’t. With that in mind, let’s look at each remaining character to be cast and see if anyone fits the bill!
Broderick: Male. 30-40. Caucasian. Can say volumes with just a look. Strong, thoughtful and private, he’s unaccustomed to being questioned or feeling a need to answer to anyone, to an extent that can verge on arrogance. Series regular.
One of the most interesting things to me about this property is how you deal with a lead character that doesn’t speak. It’s not surprising that Rheon’s Maximus was described as the series lead because the other true lead can’t talk. I’ve wondered if we would have Black Bolt’s thoughts revealed to us through a sort of inner monolog or if, as has been the case in the comics on occasion, Medusa would speak for him. I don’t really like the second choice because it would greatly reduce the character of Medusa to a mouthpiece for a male character and that’s not a good look. You’re casting a lead who is effectively mute, so it would seem that you really need someone to fill out the costume and have facial features that strike you immediately when not covered by the mask. So we are talking someone with a strong jawline and a good set of peepers.
Much to my surprise, most of the cast of Lost is much older than I thought. We are looking for a white, male between 30 to 40 years old. So Evangeline Lilly, Matthew Fox (50 years old!) and Jorge Garcia are out. Who is in that fits the bill? Ian Somerhalder.
Somerhalder is 38 years old and his long-running show, The Vampire Diaries, has ended. He’s quite a bit older than Rheon, so he fits the older brother need and one look at that jawline and those eyes gives you an idea of exactly the kind of features I was describing. Ian Somerhalder is suspect #1.
Marjorie: Female. 30-40. Caucasian. An elegant and intelligent advisor to her husband, she struggles to find her place outside of their relationship, as others tend to view her as just a pretty face. Strong and resourceful, she’s not afraid to break the rules when the situation demands it. Series regular.
The Inhuman Queen Medusa. One of Marvel’s more unique characters, Medusa has been both a villain and a hero over her time in the comics. Lately, she’s been THE monarch of the Inhumans while Black Bolt has moved from the spotlight. Her defining physical characteristic is her red, prehensile hair but I have a funny feeling that it will almost certainly have to be done in CG. I just don’t know any actresses from Lost who have hair that can grab things.
We’re looking for a white female between 30-40 years old, so Elizabeth Mitchell, Yunjin Kim and Jorge Garcia are out. Who fits the bill? Maggie Grace.
Grace is, somehow, 33 years old. She’s somehow gotten more attractive and look at that hair! It can’t really grab anything, but it’s really nice. I don’t think they’re making anymore Taken movies at present, so it’s possible Grace’s schedule has a 4-month opening. Maggie Grace is suspect #2.
Kevin: Male. 30-40. Open. Slight of build, his mind is his greatest asset. Always prepared with a plan, his outlook on life is the glass is always half-empty and often cracked and dirty as well. Though his outlook can be grim, he has a droll, dry sense of humor. Series regular.
Karnak’s look has undergone some pretty radical changes thanks to the recent 6-issue/2 year-long series by Warren Ellis. They’ve knocked the sixhead down to a fivehead and made him a little more threatening looking, but his ability to perceive the fault in all things still remains the cornerstone of the character. The person in this role needs to be quirky and, quite honestly, a little effed up. Karnak just ain’t right.
We’re looking for a male of any ethnicity, 30-40 years old. Josh Holloway (47 years old!), Terry O’Quinn (64 years old!), Daniel Dae Kim (48 years old!), Naveen Andrews (48 years old) and Harold Perrineau (53 years old!) are out. Who fits the bill? Dominic Monaghan.
Oh, Jorge Garcia is out too (43 years old).
Monaghan is honestly a pretty high-profile name but, surprisingly, is not currently busy. He’s 40 years old exactly, but looks quite a bit younger than that and has a unique enough look to pull off the Inhumans Magister of the Second Tower of Wisdom. Dominic Monaghan in suspect #3.
Grady: Male. 25-35. Open. Impetuous and brash, he has serious impulse control issues which frequently get him into trouble whether its women, booze, or fighting. He loves life and lives in the moment for better or worse. Series regular.
Timothy: Male. 25-35. Open. SFXMU required. Supremely athletic. The ultimate picture of cool. He’s calm under pressure and willing to do anything to get the job done.
Both Gorgon and Triton are males of any ethnicity between the age of 25-35. They are both going to require unique physical specimens as Gorgon has to be physically imposing and Triton is going to have to be the long, lean swimmer body. Henry Ian Cusack (49), Emilie de Raven (35 years old), Michael Emerson (62 years old) and Adewale Akkinnuoye-Agbaje (49 years old!). Who fits the bill? Nobody really does, but Malcolm David Kelley (WALT!!!!!) comes real close at 24 years old.
Kelley recently got his acting career back on track, but to be honest, I don’t see him fitting the bill as either of these characters. By the way, Jorge Garcia (43) is not going to work out for Gorgon or Triton. Kelley is not physically imposing enough for Gorgon and it doesn’t seem that covering your face is a great way to tell people you’re back. Despite all this, we can keep Kelley tenuously on the list. Malcolm David Kelley is suspect #4.
Christine: Female. 18-25 to play 18. Caucasian. Soulful but still learning the ways of the world, she has the arrogance of youth. Impetuous and independent she is also deeply devoted to her family. Series regular.
Crystal is the impetuous youth of the Inhumans. If I had to guess, I’d say that it’ll be her curious nature that sets off some sort of conflict between the Inhumans and humans or the Inhumans and the Kree (wouldn’t it be cool if this took place pre-GotG and she could at least meet Lee Pace‘s Ronan?)
We need a female, 18-25 but young looking enough to play 18. Sorry, everyone from Lost is out, including Jorge Garcia. We have no 5th suspect.
Before I close this out, I should say that Emilie de Raven is 38 and totally within the range to play Medusa but when faced with choosing between her and Grace, I feared the retribution of Liam Neesons and chose Grace.
4 suspects. Unusual suspects. Somerhalder, Grace, Monaghan and Kelley. I take Kelley off the list almost immediately and focus on the other 3. If you made me pick based on who I think I’d love to see in the role, I’d choose Monaghan as Karnak. If you told me you thought Somerhalder would look good under the mask, I wouldn’t argue. If you told me I had to watch Grace for 8 episodes of Inhumans, you wouldn’t hurt my feelings. So, Sneider’s 80+ cut down to 3. Which one do you think he was mostly likely talking about? If any? If it wasn’t made up…I would ask the “In” Sneider myself if I weren’t blocked on Twitter. Let me know your thoughts below!