The Inhumans: Ken Leung cast as Karnak

The Inhumans cast

Casting news continues to roll in for Marvel’s The Inhumans, an upcoming eight-part event series, which is set to debut in Imax cinemas this autumn before concluding its run on ABC. 

Today, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that Ken Leung has been cast as Karnak, “[the superhero/Inhuman king] Black Bolt’s most ardent supporter and strategist […] often seen as the royal family’s planner and philosopher.”

“His gift is an ability to see the fault in all things – people, plans, structures, everything”, EW’s report adds, citing an official ABC press release as its source.

Leung has an impressive geeky CV already, having appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lost, Person Of Interest, The Sopranos, Saw, Rush Hour and X-Men: The Last Stand.

Anson Mount of Hell On Wheels and Conviction has nabbed the central role of mute Inhuman king Black Bolt. In the comics, he leads the genetically-enhanced Inhuman race from a base on the Moon. 

Deadline broke the news, and released this comics-adhering description of Black Bolt: “the enigmatic, commanding King of the Inhumans, with a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city.”

Serinda Swan of Graceland and TRON: Legacy will play Medusa, the queen of the Inhumans and wife to Black Bolt, and a hero in her own right. Entertainment Weekly confirmed her casting, and described the character thusly:

Medusa is Black Bolt’s most trusted advisor, a fiercely resilient warrior who has the ability to move and control her hair the way most people use their hands and fingers.”

Game Of Thrones and Misfits alum Iwan Rheon will play Maximus, the brother of the superhero/Inhuman king Black Bolt.

The Hollywood Reporter reported the casting first, offering this summary of the show’s story and how Maximus will fit into it…

“Inhumans will explore the never-before-told epic adventure of Black Bolt and the royal family. […] Maximus is a clever and charming Inhuman that is fiercely devoted to the people of Attilan [the Moon-based community where many Inhumans live], especially his brother, the king — though he harbors an intense desire to wear the crown himself.”

The Inhumans release date

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the cinema screenings of The Inhumans‘ first two episodes will begin on Monday the 4th of September 2017 and run for two weeks, reaching “more than 1,000 Imax theaters in 74 countries”.

After that, thanks once again to THR, we know that episode 3 of The Inhumans will air on ABC – in the States – on Tuesday the 26th of September 2016. The five episodes after that will air on Tuesday nights, and apparently there will be no midseason break or weeks off.

It remains to be seen which UK broadcaster will pick this up, but we’ll let you know if/when we hear anything.

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