Marvel’s The Inhumans has been in the works for quite some time, originally as a feature film until a recent, surprising turn revealed that the property would first be coming to ABC as a 10-episode series. Pre-production is currently underway in Hawaii under director Roel Reiné (Hard Target 2, The Condemned 2), who is helming the first two IMAX episodes. Casting is currently underway, and the series has found its leading man. Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels, Conviction) will take on the lead role of Black Bolt, leader of the Inhumans, described as “strong, thoughtful and private[…]unaccustomed to being questioned or feeling a need to answer to anyone, to an extent that can verge on arrogance.” He also possesses a quasi-sonic scream triggered by any attempt to use his vocal cords, meaning even his softest utterances can destroy anything or anyone in his path. At full strength, his voice could potentially destroy planets.
Showrunner Scott Buck said in a statement:
“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.”
Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb added:
“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.”
Game of Thrones actor Iwan Rheon has already been cast as Maximus, Black Bolt’s “clever and charming” younger brother who, while fiercely devoted to the people of Attilan and his brother, he harbors a desire to be king himself.
Originally, Vin Diesel had been quietly attached to the role for years while the studio was attempting to get the feature film off the ground. When the TV show was announced, it was also confirmed that the film was not cancelled and would continue on eventually. But with Mount in the role, I think it’s safe to say that the hope of seeing Diesel in the role have sailed. I saw the first few episodes of Hell on Wheels and Anson Mount was great in it. It will be interesting to see how he portrays a character who cannot communicate verbally. Marvel has been doing amazing things on the TV side of things lately, and this series aims to be another notch on their belt.
The Inhumans will premiere in IMAX theaters on Labor Day weekend and will start its eight-episode run on ABC on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017.