Ethan Hawke is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in “Moon Knight” where he will star as the lead villain going up against Oscar Isaac…
“Moon Knight” has found a villain.
Ethan Hawke — the Academy Award nominated actor best known for roles in films such as “Training Day” as well as “The Purge” and “Sinister” — has signed onto star opposite Oscar Isaac in the new series headed to Disney+.
According to the initial report from the Hollywood Reporter, Hawke will be playing the lead villain for the series, which will star Isaac as Marc Spector aka Moon Knight, but there’s no word yet on a specific character he’ll be portraying.
Moon Knight has undergone numerous different origin stories and character changes over the years but the most recent version Moon Knight is the vigilante alter-ego of Marc Spector, who was originally a boxer turned Marine turned CIA operative and eventually a mercenary as a hired gun and assassin. After Spector was betrayed by a colleague and left for dead, he eventually found his way to the Egyptian desert where he believed the deity known as Khonshu was responsible for saving his life. Spector got his revenge before returning home to the United States where he created the costume that would become Moon Knight. Unfortunately, Spector is also haunted by multiple-personality disorder where he often times shifts into the personality of millionaire Steven Grant or a cab driver named Jake Lockley. In recent years another personality emerged named Mr. Knight, who serves as a consultant to local law enforcement.
One key character in that story is Raul Bushman, who was the mercenary colleague working alongside Marc Spector in Africa, before eventually betraying him and leaving him for dead in the desert. That’s when Spector was saved by Khonshu and granted his powers as Moon Knight.
It’s possible that Hawke could be playing Bushman but again that’s pure speculation just based on the origin story for Moon Knight in the current Marvel canon.
As for Hawke, he will make his first appearance in a major comic book role after his career stretches back several decades with high profile parts in numerous award-winning films. Most recently, Hawke received critical acclaim for his role in the Showtime series “The Good Lord Bird,” which he also helped develop.
“Moon Knight” is expected to begin production in March in Budapest.