Sorry, Vin Diesel -- Marvel Television has found an actor worthy of portraying royalty; "Hell on Wheels" star Anson Mount has been cast as the Inhumans' king, Black Bolt.
The announcement is the second piece of casting news regarding the anticipated television series. Last week, Iwan Rheon was announced as portraying Black Bolt's sometimes-evil, always dangerous brother Maximus for the live-action show.
Black Bolt (aka Blackagar Boltagon) was introduced in 1965's "Fantastic Four" #65 by co-creators Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and has proven to be an integral part of the Marvel Universe ever since. The character's power -- the uncontrollable ability to harness electrons and convert their energy into devastating power unleashed through his voice -- is also his greatest curse, as his slightest whisper is powerful enough to level entire cities. As a result, his wife and queen, the as-yet uncast Medusa, has traditionally spoken for him, conveying his thoughts to his court and the rest of the world.
“Anson loves the challenge of playing a character who will only communicate silently,” Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television, said in a statement. “His enthusiasm mixed with his imposing almost regal persona made it easy to see why he is our Black Bolt.”
"Black Bolt is a character whose deep complexity must be conveyed without uttering a single word," added "Inhumans" showrunner Scott Buck. "I’m very excited to have Anson on board to bring him to life."
After debuting in IMAX theaters on or around September 1 and running for two weeks, “Inhumans” will premiere on ABC on Tuesday, September 26, 2017. “Inhumans” is also expected to air all eight episodes of its first season uninterrupted on the subsequent Tuesdays. The first two episodes of “Inhumans” will air as one IMAX presentation, lasting approximately 80 minutes. The first two episodes of “Inhumans,” which will be shot entirely with IMAX cameras, will screen in 1,000 IMAX theaters across 74 countries. Additionally, select sequences from subsequent episodes of “Inhumnns” will also be shot using IMAX cameras.
Created in 1965 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Inhumans are a race of super-humans with “diverse and singularly unique powers,” as described in the official announcement. The group of heroes have recently seen a higher profile at Marvel on the comics page and on the small screen, as “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” has introduced the concept and included many new Inhumans in its cast.