Game of Thrones’ Iwan Rheon to play Marvel villain
Game of Thrones‘ Iwan Rheon will portray a Marvel villain in his next project.
The Ramsay Bolton actor has been cast as Maximus, a starring role in Marvel and ABC’s new Inhumans series. Maximus is described by Marvel Studios as “clever and charming Inhuman that is fiercely devoted to the people of Attilan, especially his brother, the King”.
In the Marvel comics, the character is sometimes known as Maximus the Mad, and is a major antagonist who plans to usurp his brother Black Bolt’s rule. His near-genius intelligence, remarkable inventions and ability to control people’s minds make him a formidable adversary.
The role of a power-hungry villain will be easy for Rheon, whose portrayal of the twisted and sadistic Ramsay Bolton won him popularity with fans and critics alike. Fortunately, Ramsay met a grisly end at the hands of his wife Sansa in the final episode of season six, leaving Rheon’s diary free for business.
Speaking of the casting, Marvel TV boss Jeph 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.”
Marvel’s Inhumans showrunner Scott 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.”
Marvel’s Inhumans will launch as a mini-movie in US cinemas on September 1 before continuing on small screens from September 26.