Marvel Television is moving into uncharted territory this year by revolutionizing the typical television format. While the future of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. remains uncertain on ABC, the network and Marvel have partnered with IMAX to bring Inhumans to life on the big and small screen. The series first two episodes will first debut in a limited theatrical release window in IMAX, before the full eight episode series airs weekly starting in September.
Filming is just around the corner, which has resulted in Marvel finally announcing the cast that is attached to Inhumans. Recently that has come in the form of Iwan Rheon joining as Maximus the Mad and Anson Mount being cast in the lead role as Black Bolt. Now, the Queen of the Inhumans has been found.
EW has revealed that Serinda Swan will play the female lead in Inhumans as Medusa, the wife to the race's silent leader. Swan is most known for her role in Graceland, but also joined a superhero project before, in Smallville. Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb is excited to have her onboard for Inhumans, saying:
Serinda empowers Medusa’s regal glory and still maintains a relatability that synced perfectly with the character. She is nothing short of wonderful.
Inhumans showrunner Scott Buck also expressed why they found Swan to be the perfect fit for the role of Medusa:
Serinda Swan brings a regal elegance, as well as a sense of great inner strength and fierce determination, to the role of Medusa. I couldn’t be happier to have her as our Queen of Attilan.
With Medusa now officially onboard, Marvel has taken care of casting for the three biggest Inhumans TV show roles. This still leaves Medusa and Black Bolt's daughter Crystal to be cast, as well as Gorgon, Triton, and Karnak. Based on the way the announcements for the casting have been moving lately, these castings could be made official in the coming days.
Swan's joining does finally squash rumors that Elysia Rotaru was up to play Medusa in Inhumans, but it is possible she was one of many actresses that tested for the role. Swan, meanwhile, has not had a consistent project to work on since her time with Graceland came to a close in 2015, but she continued to stay busy with smaller productions. It is interesting to note that Swan (32) is much closer in age to Rheon (31) than her television husband Mount (42), but that should not be an issue once filming begins. Production has been confirmed to take place in Hawaii and the series is set to begin filming this month, so there is not too much time for Swan to relax before stepping into the superhero gig.
Inhumans comes to IMAX theaters for two weeks starting Labor Day weekend, prior to its television debut on September 26, 2017 on AMC.