Next year the series of Moon knight for Disney Plus and, as we all know, Marvel has been releasing the information dropwise as is their custom, sadly. The first thing that was known, in November 2019, is that his showrunner would be Jeremy Slater, who is best known for having played this role in The Umbrella Academy – 93% for Netflix. In October of last year it was announced that the Egyptian Mohamed Diab, who in 2016 was the winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes for his feature film Clash – 92%, will be the director in charge of this series. That same month, it was announced that Oscar Isaac was in negotiations to play former mercenary Marc Spector, better known as Moon Knight.
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In January of this year it was confirmed that the Guatemalan actor would play that role, actress May Calamawy was added and it was announced that Ethan Hawke would play the main antagonist. We don’t know who he’s going to play, but if the comics are any indication it’s likely Raoul Bushman, who was Spector’s boss and who betrayed him by leaving him dying in an archaeological site. Event that led to him being resurrected as the avatar of the lunar Egyptian god Khonshu.
Something that is true is that Moon knight He is not one of the best known Marvel characters. Overall, that’s a risk Marvel has liked to take in recent years; bring to the screen characters that do not guarantee that the public will be interested in the work. That said, for Ethan hawke that is what motivates him to participate in this particular project. This was revealed in an interview for The Wrap. Basically, he thinks that since he is not a character that is part of the cultural imagination, they have much more freedom and fewer expectations that restrict them. Here his words:
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Yes. If you were an actor in the fifties, you know, they did Westerns. If you are an actor in 2020, you have Marvel. And I really am lucky to be dealing with a story that doesn’t have too much supplementary baggage. If you play Spider-Man or Batman, they have so much baggage and viewers have high expectations. It’s like playing Hamlet — you can’t do it in a vacuum. You are interpreting it in relation to other Hamlets. Whereas with Moon Knight, people don’t know much about him. They don’t have much information about him. Oscar (Isaac) is giving an absolutely phenomenal performance and it’s so exciting to be a part of that with him.
There is no denying that he is right. Without all those expectations you can experience a lot more than, say, in a Superman movie. In that sense the mythology of the character is not an impediment, but one more element with which to play to create his own version of the character.
In addition to what was said by Hawke, Oscar Isaac He had mentioned that one of the reasons why he was interested in participating in this project is because they are going to do something different within the genre. This is what he said recently in an interview he gave for Total Film:
I love the people involved. I thought there was an incredibly unusual story to tell within the world, you know, of superhero language. But we are doing something that is quite different, and that does not remain the same … not even [sigue] necessarily the logic of what many superhero movies do
It will be a matter of waiting to find out how it departs from the logic of the genre.
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