As you may well know, Marvel recently announced that they’d be adapting the long awaited Inhumans storyline to an eight-episode miniseries on ABC, set to air in the Fall of 2017.
Some of our writers got together to discuss the big news, but there’s another issue we’d like to address: the casting.
Now that the project will be airing on television, we can say goodbye to some of the massive names we hoped would lend their talents to the project, but with the right writers and directors (not to mention the first two episodes will air in Summer 2017 in IMAX), we could still attract some great actors.
We’re not sure just what characters will be featured in the show, but it’s assumed that we’ll at least see the Inhuman Royal Family, so here’s my picks to play them.
Black Bolt – Nathan Fillion
Fillion has long been a fan of sci-fi and Joss Whedon, who formerly ran the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even winning an award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films for his work on Firefly. We’ve seen him in comedies, dramas, and everything in between, making him the perfect candidate to play a character that can’t speak. Fillion’s been nominated for a Daytime Emmy, which is nothing to shake a stick at, and he’s certainly got the Black Bolt build. To seal the deal, we know he has MCU connections, having voiced one of the prisoners in Guardians of the Galaxy, and is set to appear in a similar capacity in the sequel.
Medusa – Connie Britton
Before you write this off as a red-head typecasting, hear me out. Britton has proved that she knows her way around a television set, playing major roles in shows as popular as Friday Night Lights, American Horror Story, The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, and Nashville (formerly an ABC property), not to mention her growing career on the big screen. Connie always plays characters that demand – and are deserving of – attention and respect, making her the perfect choice to play the queen of a race of enhanced humans. Britton’s schedule recently freed up due to her leaving Nashville post-CMT transfer, and she’s already got the flaming locks.
Crystal – Natalie Dormer
Natalie was a fan favorite on Game of Thrones for being able to play a cunning and capable leader, which is exactly what we want to see in Crystal. Although she’s got several projects on her schedule already, Dormer is familiar with television, and could certainly squeeze a miniseries into her busy schedule. Most importantly, we know she can carry her own in action stories like we saw in the final installments of The Hunger Games franchise. Not to mention, we all saw Dormer kill it as a royal character in Game of Thrones, why not give her another chance to do the same?
Karnak – Jason Statham
It’s been rumored for a long time that Statham would join the MCU, and long been rumored that he doesn’t want to. He’s a huge name, probably too big for a television show, but the role allowing him to show off his martial arts skills (and large, bald dome) may just draw him to a small role in a miniseries, especially with the IMAX showings. Despite Statham’s surprising lack of award nominations, he’s a talented and fairly versatile actor that could leave hs mark on the role. Not to mention he has a massive fan base that would love to see him join the MCU, so let’s make it happen here.
Triton – Rami Malek
Again, Malek is a big name, fresh off his Emmy win for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Mr. Robot, however, joining the MCU may just be the right move to cement Malek in television superstardom. The role would allow him to play with a character with unique abilities and to test his acting abilities when prosthetics and CGI are applied. If this role doesn’t work out, we’d love to see him play Maximus as well.
Gorgon – LL Cool J
It’s been rumored for a while that LL Cool J would be entering the MCU, actually, he outright said he would. It was assumed that he could be playing Black Bolt (for which, he’d also be an excellent choice), or possibly even joining Black Panther, but we’d love to see him here. Like Vin Diesel, he can play an aggressive hot head but can cool it down when necessary, and he’s helped carry NCIS: Los Angeles for eight seasons now, which does speak to his acting ability. Plus it’s always nice to add some diversity to the mix, which is something that this fan casting, and the MCU as a whole could use more of.
Maximus – Iwan Rheon
A no brainer, we’ve seen Rheon play an insane villain before on Game of Thrones and there’s no one better at it. His character was broken, angry, and jealous, which is what we all want to see in Maximus. The man’s an incredible actor with a bright future ahead of him, and if he’s up for playing another major villain, this would be the role for him to take.
What do you think of the potential casting? What actors would you like to see play the roles listed above? Sound off in the comments below.