Iwan Rheon has been cast as the supervillain lead Maximus in Marvel’s ABC drama Inhumans, the studio announced today. The show’s Roel Reine-directed first two episodes will screen in approximately 1,000 IMAX theaters across the country on Labor Day Weekend for two weeks before the extended episodes air on ABC as part of the official launch of the series.
Inhumans will follow Black Bolt and the royal family, an isolated community of superhumans equipped with unique and diverse superpowers, as they attempt to protect themselves. Maximus is their antagonist, a cunning supervillain who is envious of the crown worn by Black Bolt. Rheon is most well-known for his uber-villainous turn as Game of Thrones’s inherently stab-able Ramsay Bolton, so his casting as a villain—one who covets someone else’s royal pedigree, no less—is the only logical choice.
Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb commented on the casting, saying, “Iwan’s ability to be charming, roguish and still completely unexpectedly dangerous were all the different sides we needed to bring the character to life. We’re thrilled to have him on board.” Showrunner, writer and executive producer Scott Buck (Dexter, Marvel’s Iron Fist) added, “Maximus is a complex character. Likable, charming, tragic and villainous all in the same moment, and I’m very excited to have someone of Iwan’s considerable talent.”
Inhumans comes to IMAX theaters and ABC this September as an eight-episode series.