The last time we checked in with Marvel Studios and Disney+ live-action series Moon Knight, Ethan Hawke (Sinister, The Good Lord Bird) was explaining why series star Oscar Isaac (Dune) and director Mohamed Diab (Clash, Cairo 678) were two of the reasons why he was excited to join the project. Now, we're getting a look at Isaac in action as he goes through stunt/fight training, courtesy of an Instagram post on Saturday from Isaac and writer & director Elvira Lind's New York-based Mad Gene Media- a multimedia production company focusing on "brave, powerful and diverse storytelling" across multiple platforms. According to its website, Mad Gene Media is looking to include podcasts, graphic novels, documentary films, live performances, shorts, and features on its slate.
Joining Isaac and Hawke in the cast is May Calamawy (Hulu's Ramy), with Diab (Clash, Cairo 678) being joined by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (The Endless, Synchronic) in the directors' circle. Hawke is expected to portray the series' main villain though it is still not clear who that might be (fellow mercenary-turned-villain Bushman could be a possibility but nothing is been confirmed). Here's a look at their Instagram post from earlier today, which should put any brains out there concerned if Isaac could pull off the level of action necessary to take on the role of Marc Spector to bed without its supper:
During an interview with The Ringer last month, Hawke made it pretty clear that three big reasons why he chose to join the Moon Knight cast were his desire to work with Isaac and Diab (his first two), and that the series was focusing on one of Marvel Comics' lesser-known superhero (the "trifecta" reason). "Well, it's where I'm at as an actor. A lot of it, to be honest, I love the fact that Moon Knight is a lesser-known story and allows more creative freedom. The director is Mohamed Diab and he's a brilliant guy. I've seen a couple of his movies and wanted to work with him anyway. I had a meeting with him about another project of his own. And a lot of it is Oscar, to me, to be honest with you. I find him to be a very exciting player in my field. I like what he's doing with his life. He reminds me of the actors, when I first arrived at New York, that I looked up to," Hawke said during the interview.
Hawke continued, "Oscar's younger than me, and I like the way he carries himself, and I like the way he thinks," he continued. "And in general, good things happen when you're in the room with people that you like the way they think, right? Mohammed's gonna do a good job, he's a serious person. I don't know if you guys have seen his films, but he's a serious artist and you have to speak to your time, right? You can't pretend you don't live in the time period that you live in. You have to try to make your time period better." Here's a look at the interview – with Moon Knight talk starting at the 3:35 mark:
Last summer, Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige announced three Disney+ live-action series: Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk. Since that time (and after an investors day presentation that yielded a ton of additional information), we learned that The Umbrella Academy series creator Jeremy Sister was tapped to develop and lead the writers' room on the Oscar Isaac-starring Moon Knight, Emmy award-winner Jessica Gao (Adult Swim's Rick and Morty) is developing and leading the writers' room on the Tatiana Maslany-starring She-Hulk, and Bisha K. Ali (Hulu's Four Weddings and a Funeral) was on board to write and serve as showrunner on the Iman Vellani-starring Ms. Marvel.
Disney+ has since launched the hugely successful Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany-starring WandaVision, with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier starring Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie taking flight as of this past Friday. Coming up, we have the Tom Hiddleston-starring Loki, animated anthology series What If…?, the Don Cheadle-starring armor Armor Wars, the Dominique Thorne-starring Ironheart, a "Guardians of the Galaxy" holiday special, and more.