Iwan Rheon to play Maximus in Marvel's Inhumans TV series
Story by Jack Foley
GAME of Thrones bad boy Iwan Rheon has landed the lead role in Marvel’s new drama, Inhumans.
The drama, which is being written by Dexter‘s Scott Buck, will explore the never-before-told adventure of Black Bolt and the royal family.
The eight-episode straight-to-series drama will focus on Maximus, a clever and charming Inhuman that is fiercely devoted to the people of Attilan, especially his brother, the king. However, he secretly harbours an intense desire to wear the crown himself.
Rheon will play Maximus.
Roel Reine will direct the first two hours of the series, which in a ground-breaking deal will make its debut in 1,000 IMAX cinemas over Labor Day weekend in the US for a two-week run before extended episodes air on ABC as part of the network’s official autumn season launch.
Commenting on Rheon’s casting, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb told The Hollywood Reporter: “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.”
Jim Chory, who will executive produce the series, added: “Maximus is a complex character. 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 best known for playing the despicable Ramsay Bolton in HBO’s Game of Thrones. His other credits include the sit-com Vicious and Misfits.
Inhumans, which follows a race of super-humans with diverse and unique powers, were first introduced in Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965.
Since then, they have grown in stature to become some of the most popular and iconic characters in the Marvel Universe. It remains to be seen whether they will now also make their way to the big screen for stand-alone movies.