Iwan Rheon, star of ‘Game of Thrones’, has been cast as the lead in Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’ series for ABC. Which is funny, as Marvel has been touting their Inhumans ‘revival’ as being something like the intricately-woven fantasy series, replete with ruling houses, family drama and dangerous politics. He is the very first casting choice for the much-anticipated series.

Rheon will play the Inhuman Maximus, also known as Maximus the Mad in the comics. The character as described as “a clever and charming Inhuman that is fiercely devoted to the people of Attilan, especially his brother, the King – although he harbors an intense desire to wear the crown himself.”

Maximus debuted in the comics back in 1966’s Fantastic Four #47 and has played a consistent, lead role in the Inhumans’ stories over the past 50 years. He is a character of great intellect who possesses a variety of mental powers, although his own mental instability affects how he uses the powers. As indicated in the character description, he is often times an adversary of Black Bolt and the other members of his family.

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“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,” said Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television and executive producer of “Inhumans” in the announcement.

Additionally, showrunner Scott Buck spoke to the character and Rheon’s ability to embody him. “Maximus is a complex character,” said Buck. “Likable, charming, tragic and villainous all in the same moment, and I’m very excited to have someone of Iwan’s considerable talent.”

Rheon is a Welsh actor, singer and musician, best known for portraying Ramsay Bolton in the HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’, a much-reviled character.

One of the most hotly-anticipated superhero TV series, Marvel’s live-action ‘Inhumans’ is set to premiere on ABC in fall 2017.

 

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Disney last year pulled a planned Inhumans feature film from its July 12, 2019 release date. Originally, it was part of Marvel’s 3.0 phase. It has been reported that the first two episodes of the superhero series will debut on Imax screens exclusively for two weeks ahead of the fall premiere on the broadcast network, which will feature some additional content not included in the two hours exhibited in theaters.

The titular characters are a race of superhumans with unique powers, first introduced by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965. The series will explore the adventures of Black Bolt and his royal family.

By Justina Terhember