Fans are finally getting their wish as Disney and Marvel announced at the D23 Expo that three new heroes will be getting their own series on Disney Plus: Ms. Marvel (Fancast here), She-Hulk (Fancast here) and Moon Knight.
Fans have been clamoring for a Moon Knight series or movie for quite some time, although most were expecting him to make his way over into the now non-existent, Marvel-Netflix universe.
In the comics, Marc Spector is a Chicago-born son of a Jewish rabbi. Spector grew up to become a heavyweight boxer before joining the U.S. Marine Corps. While out on a patrol, Spector stumbles upon an archaeological dig in Egypt uncovering an ancient temple dedicated to the worship of the Moon God, Konshu.
After being betrayed by his crew and left to die in the ancient temple, Spector is found by locals and taken to their temple where Spector is then imbued with the Moon God’s power, thus becoming his avatar on Earth.
Here are five actors I believe to be perfect to bring Spector/Moon Knight to life!
This would be a huge get by Marvel if Gosling would be willing to ditch his movie star persona for a bit and star in a TV series instead. Granted, this TV series will more than likely have a movie-like production budget fitting for someone like Gosling, who is a well-respected actor with an incredible resume of acting credits.
His talent is undeniable. Just choose any one of his numerous roles and chances are high he crushed it. The twice-Oscar nominated actor is so versatile with a presence on screen leaving audiences in awe. If Marvel announces Gosling as Spector, sit back and watch the Moon Knight series become one of the most viewed series across all streaming platforms. Gosling for Moon Knight — he has my vote.
Josh Duhamel, while not an enormous movie star like Gosling, is an experienced actor with many different roles to his credit. Throughout his career, with equal parts television and film, Duhamel has been what I like to call a “floater.” He drifts between the two mediums with such a high frequency and flexibility.
However, it’s his role in Michael Bay’s Transformer films that really convinced me to consider Duhamel for Moon Knight. As previously mentioned, Spector is a Marine. In the first three Transformers films, Duhamel plays a special ops soldier who teams up with the Autobots and Shia LaBeouf’s main character to save the world. He’s a talented actor and has experience playing military figures on film that could give him an edge.
Edgar Ramírez has really evolved into one of the most talented actors working today. He burst onto the scene in 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum and never looked back. Since then, he’s starred in films like Wrath of the Titans, Zero Dark Thirty, Point Break, The Girl on the Train, and Gold (to name a few). There’s also his critically acclaimed role as Gianni Versace in FX’s American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
None of those roles in the film mentioned above are anywhere close to being similar, which is one thing that really sets Ramírez apart. Like Duhamel, Ramirez also has experience playing military figures on screen with his role in the highly acclaimed war film, Zero Dark Thirty. Yes, I understand that Ramirez is of Venezuelan descent and Spector is not, but I don’t care. He is as talented as they come and Marvel would be lucky to get him.
When’s the last time you saw Scott Speedman headline a series, film, or franchise? The last time Speedman was in a movie franchise was when he was in the Underworld films. He co-starred in the first two films in that franchise and was done. After his stint there, Speedman slightly disappeared, starring in a handful of smaller films instead of trying to land roles in bigger franchises.
He then popped back up with his role as Barry “Baz” Blackwell in TNT’s hit show, Animal Kingdom — a show about a family of criminals that sees Speedman’s Baz as the “de-facto” leader. He’s by far the most talented actor on the show (aside from Ellen Barkin’s family matriarch Smurf) and easily steals every scene he’s in. His performance is extremely layered and intense. This role showcases the serious talent Speedman possesses. Moon Knight could be the role that puts Speedman back on the map.
Okay okay, hear me out here. Yes, Shia LaBeouf has issues. He’s borderline insane, has a really bad track record with being a distraction on set, and all his run-ins with the law. I’m sure a lot of studios don’t think he’s worth the risk, and who could blame them?
There’s just one problem: The guy is insanely talented as an actor.
Outside of his role as Sam Witwicky in the Transformers films, LaBeouf has been very selective with his roles as he’s starred in movies a lot of people haven’t seen or heard of. Films like Lawless, Fury, Borg v McEnroe, and this year’s critically acclaimed film, The Peanut Butter Falcon, really do a terrific job of showcasing just how talented and versatile he is as an actor. His talent could make him worth the risk and if there’s any studio that could reign him in and get the best out of him…it’s Marvel.