Marvel have finally cast the first member of their Inhuman Royal Family, adding former Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon to the upcoming TV series.
Rheon, who played Ramsay Bolton on Thrones, will take on the role of Maximus. Brother of the king, Black Bolt, Maximus is charming and clever, with the ability to control the minds of others. Although he's a proud Attilan, he harbours a desire to wear the crown himself, which often thorws him into conflict with his family.
A power-hungry character known as 'Maximus the Mad' sounds a great fit for Rheon, to be honest, which Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television and executive producer, certainly believes too:
“Iwan’s ability to be charming, roguish and still completely unexpectedly dangerous were all the different sides we needed to bring the character to life. We’re thrilled to have him on board."
Showrunner Scott Buck (who also served the same role on the upcoming Iron Fist), added that 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.”
The Inhumans have already been introduced on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and were previously announced to be getting the film treatment before that movie was quietly scrapped. With no mutants in the MCU, they offer the best chance to showcase a range of different heroes with unique abilities.
There should be a few more names to add to the cast soon, with the series aiming for a September air date. The two-part pilot is being helmed by Roel Reiné, and filmed entirely with IMAX cameras, before being shown in IMAX cinemas for a two-week run prior to airing on ABC.