Fans of Marvel’s Royal family will know that Black Bolt, set to be played by actor Anson Mount in the upcoming television series “The Inhumans,” is a silent King — unwilling to speak for even his whisper could level a city. Instead, in the comics, Medusa becomes the voice for Black Bolt, speaking on the behalf of her husband when needed. For the first live action appearance of Marvel’s Royal Inhuman family, however, it appears the King will have found another way to speak in his silence.
When Entertainment Weekly revealed the first official look at the Royal Family in costume, they also hinted at Mount’s Black Bolt taking to sign language to communicate in the series. According to the actor, however, while Black Bolt will sign to speak, he won’t use American sign language to do so.
“I actually have to do more preparation when it comes to scenes in which I sign, and I can’t use American Sign Language…Because he’s not from Earth, he wouldn’t know American Sign Language, so I’m making my own sign system.”
Mount also briefly talked about the lengths his character must go through to ensure he doesn’t accidentally speak while sleeping. It’s something that we’ve seen in the comics, with the King showcasing a massive amount of restraint to ensure he remains silent throughout the night.
“He literally has to meditate an hour every night before going to bed so he doesn’t talk in his sleep.”
Co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Studios, “Marvel’s Inhumans” is executive produced by Scott Buck (“Dexter,” “Marvel’s Iron Fist”) with Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage”) and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Marvel’s Luke Cage”). Buck also serves as showrunner. The first two episodes will be directed by Roel Reine (“The Delivery,” “Black Sails”) and will debut exclusively in IMAX theaters later this year.
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“Inhumans” stars Anson Mount as Black Bolt, Iwan Rheon as Maximus the Mad, Serinda Swan as Queen Medusa, Ken Leung as Karnak, Isabelle Cornish as Crystal, Eme Ikwuakor as Gorgon, Mike Moh as Triton and Sonya Balmores as Auran.