‘Moon Knight’: Oscar Isaac Reportedly Cast In Title Role
Marvel may have found their Marc Spector. Sources indicate that the Disney+ series Moon Knight has cast its title role with Oscar Isaac.
Deadline has reported that the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy lead is in deep discussions with Marvel Studios for the title role of Moon Knight, which concerns itself with a mercenary-turned-superhero who develops both Dissociative Identity Disorder and powers that wax and wane with the lunar cycle following an incident that nearly left him for dead in Egypt. Moon Knight also moonlights as other personalities, including Steven Grant, a wealthy socialite distant from his mercenary past, and Jake Lockley, a taxi driver very much in-touch with the street-level violence that he fights as a superhero. The comic leaves it ambiguous as to whether or not Marc Spector actually has superpowers granted to him by an ancient deity or if he’s just insane and very, very good at what he does, and it’s highly likely that every single one of these personas is going to be explored over the course of the Marvel series.
Oscar Isaac is part-Jewish, and Marvel have looked for an actor with Jewish heritage to portray the character, as Marc Spector’s faith and heritage has come up in several of the character’s stories. A few hours ago, Murphy’s Multiverse had reported that Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) and Nick Kroll (The League) were both actors that they’d considered for the role, and both are Jewish. The hire is likely to be welcomed by fans due to Oscar Isaac being a highly-sought-after actor, should it play out as Deadline suggests, and a win for Marvel’s efforts to be more diverse, given that the MCU has had very few stars with Latino heritage.
Moon Knight is in development at Disney+. The future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe includes the films Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, The Eternals, Spider-Man 3, Thor: Love and Thunder, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Ant-Man 3, and reboots of the Blade, Deadpool, Fantastic Four, and X-Men franchises. Another Avengers movie is also likely, but will be a ways off. In addition to the aforementioned movies, there are nine Marvel Studios shows confirmed for the Disney+ lineup: WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, What If…?, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, She-Hulk, and an untitled series starring Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
Grant Davis is a freelance writer who has covered entertainment news for more than four years. His articles have frequently appeared in Star Wars News Net as well as as other entertainment-related websites. As someone who grew up on Star Wars and comic book movies, he’s completely thrilled with the current era of genre entertainment.