In a major story just dropped by THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, it is being reported that Ethan Hawke ( TRAINING DAY, BOYHOOD, THE PURGE SERIES) has signed on to be the main antagonist for Marvel Studios MOON KNIGHT on Disney + starring Oscar Isaac.
It is not yet reported exactly who Hawke will be portraying in the series but in the comics Moon Knight’s archnemesis is considered a villain named Bushman, a fellow mercenary who turned on the hero when Egyptian gold came into the picture.
May Calamawy, who is perhaps best known for her work in Hulu’s Ramy, has also been added to the cast which is set to begin production in March in Budapest.
For those unfamiliar with the titular hero of the series, Moon Knight has had several incarnations over the decades since his debut in 1975, from being an ex-Marine-turned-mercenary with multiple alter egos to being a conduit to conduit for the Egyptian moon god Khonshu, to most recently a dapper-dressed consultant. An aspect to the stories in the modern comics era has been tackling the mental illness of multiple personalities.
Mohamed Diab, the Egyptian helmer behind Middle Eastern drama CLASH, and Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, indie genre filmmaking team behind sci-fi horror movies THE ENDLESSand SYNCHRONIC, are directing the show.
After months of speculations as to who would be stepping into the main role of one of Marvel’s “unique” heroes, we know know who that will be thanks to DEADLINE. Oscar Isaac (formerly of STAR WARS) is set to head into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He is in negotiations to star as MOON KNIGHT in the Marvel and Disney+ series based on the comic book hero.
Some back story on MOON KNIGHT for those who may be unfamiliar, MOON KNIGHT aka Marc Spector, is a mercenary who has numerous alter egos — cabbie Jake Lockley and millionaire playboy Steven Grant — in order to better fight the criminal underworld. But later he was established as being a conduit for the Egyptian moon god Khonshu. Most recently, the character was a consultant who dresses in all-white and goes by the name Mr. Knight.
Marvel and Disney+ will now look to attach a director to the series. No production start date has been set. Jeremy Slater, who developed and wrote Netflix’s comic book adaptation of the UMBRELLA ACADEMY series, has been tapped to develop and lead the writing team on the series for the streamer.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is becoming more expansive with its upcoming Disney + series. WANDAVISION is set to arrive on the streamer later this year, THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER will arrive either this year or beginning of next. Then new casting announcements for having ramping up there future slate of development, Tatiana Maslany, who was recently tapped to play She-Hulk, and Iman Vellani, who was named the new Ms. Marvel.LOKI starring Tom Hiddleston and HAWKEYE which follows Kate Bishop.