Over the past week or so, Marvel has slowly been revealing the cast for their upcoming ABC/IMAX series Inhumans. So far, we’ve learned that everyone’s least favorite Northern bastard Iwan Rheon will be playing Maximus, Hell On Wheels lead Anson Mount will be our Black Bolt, and his queen Medusa will be portrayed by Graceland‘s Serinda Swan. Now, we can welcome Ken Leung to the Royal Family as Karnak, the brilliant strategist who has the natural ability to pinpoint weaknesses and stress points in everything–and everyone–around him. The announcement describes Karnak by saying:
His gift is an ability to see the fault in all things – people, plans, structures, everything. He’s Black Bolt’s most ardent supporter and strategist and is often seen as the royal family’s planner and philosopher.
Leung’s credits include Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Night Shift, and LOST–which makes him the likely subject of the rumor that circulated last week about a LOST alum joining Inhumans
Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb spoke about the decision to go with Leung as Karnak, saying:
Ken brings both a wisdom and a power to the role that no one else could match. His Karnak will be awesome.
Meanwhile, Iron Fist and Inhumans showrunner Scott Buck added:
Ken Leung has a great natural intelligence that reads clearly and will add depth and complexity to the very complicated character of Karnak.
Leung will now join his co-stars in Hawaii, where production begins on Inhumans March 3. The first two episodes of the series, shot entirely in IMAX, will be screened on IMAX screens worldwide for two weeks in early-September, with the series premiering on ABC later that month.