Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist.
This week, as I occasionally do, I’m shifting focus to a project that’s actually happening. After years of talk about a movie, the announcement has come that the Inhumans are getting a television series on ABC, with a premiere in IMAX theaters for some reason. The show, to the relief of fans, will focus on the Inhuman Royal Family, aka the original Inhuman characters created by Jack Kirby. And to the surprise of nobody, Vin Diesel, long-rumored for the role of Black Bolt, is probably not on board.
So what does an Inhumans TV show look like? Ideally it should be a sci-fi adventure that's also a family drama, with some of the political intrigue of Game of Thronesaround the edges. Black Bolt and Medusa are charged with protecting their strange and reclusive people from outside threats. But threats also come from within, starting with Black Bolt's treacherous brother, Maximus, who wants the throne for himself. As tired as some may be of Marvel trying to make Inhumans happen, this could be a really great show if they do it right.
Manu Bennett as Black Bolt
Bennett cuts a very imposing figure and has a ton of action experience, but he also has an interesting and expressive face, which is an important quality for a king who doesn't speak.
Chloe Sevigny as Medusa
Sevigny has spent her entire career as an actress being so very classy and stylish that some people dislike her for it. I'm pretty sure Medusa has spent her entire career as Queen of the Inhumans occupying much the same space.
Alycia Debnam-Carey as Crystal
As young as she is, Debnam-Carey already has two popular genre shows under her belt, and her fans would follow her to this one. She's also perfect for the part, and believably Sevigny's much younger sister. And if you made her inevitable star-crossed human love interest a girl (since it can't be Johnny Storm anyway) all the former The 100 fans would love this show forever.
Nick Offerman as Gorgon
I mean, it's just perfect right? Offerman stomping around in hoof-boots, acting loud and gruff but ultimately heroic? This is the kind of thing he was born for.
Adam Rodriguez as Triton
Rodriguez has a great face and a fantastic body. Airbrush him with the thinnest layer of green fish scales and he'll look amazing.
Byung-hun Lee as Karnak
My vote would be against giving Lee an oversized cranium. It would look a lot goofier on TV than in comics, especially when he's doing his sweet martial arts moves.
Jemaine Clement as Maximus
Once you get past his superficial similarities to Loki, Maximus Boltagon can be a fantastic villain. Clement can play him with just the right mix of humor and menace. Maximus should be talking all the time, to contrast with his silent brother. And with Clement in the role, he could also sing a bit, which I don't think would be out of character.
Lockjaw as Himself
Obviously, I realize Lockjaw is going to have to be CGI. But I'm saying right now that they need to put some serious effort into bringing him to life. The special effects team for this show needs to already be looking at all the best dogs in the world, so they can combine them into one giant awesome dog. Lockjaw, if you haven't heard, is a very good boy.