Iwan Rheon, best known for portraying Ramsay Bolton in Game of Thrones, has landed a role in Marvel’s Inhumans as villain Maximus.
Inhumans, which will air on ABC, is based on a race of superhumans, introduced in Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965, who have diverse and unique powers. The series will explore the never-before-told adventure of Black Bolt and the Royal Family.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Rheon will take on the role of Maximus, “a clever and charming Inhuman who is fiercely devoted to the people of Attilan, especially his brother, the king — although he harbors an intense desire to wear the crown himself.”
The eight episode drama is written and executive produced by Scott Buck, who will also serve as showrunner. Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory are also involved as executive producers. The first two episodes of the series will be shown on IMAX screens during September, with Roel Reine taking on the role of director for these episodes.
Speaking of Rheon’s casting, Marvel’s Loeb said: “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.”
Buck 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.”
Rheon is the perfect star for the role of Maximus the Mad, after impressing Game of Thrones audiences as villainous psychopath Ramsay Bolton. Fans of Inhumans are already expressing their delight at the casting on social media. Whilst Rheon is synonymous with portraying a violent character, the popular actor is extremely versatile, having previously starred in shows such as Misfits and Vicious.
Marvel’s The Inhumans premieres on Tuesday, September 26 on ABC.