Deadline recently reported that Oscar Isaac may have landed the lead role in Marvel’s upcoming Moon Knight TV series on Disney Plus. A day later they also reported that director Mohamed Diab is set to helm the series.
As of Halloween 2020, we now have official confirmation that this is true. Diab is perhaps best known for his previous work writing and directing Egyptian political thriller Cairo 678. Which is coincidentally where Moon Knight’s origin begins.
Moon Knight (Marc Spector) was a mercenary on a mission in Cairo, Egypt when he got into a fight with a bloodthirsty associate over his lust for killing and monetary pleasures. Spector was injured and left for dead in the desert. It was there he was found by a group Egyptians that worshipped the ancient Egyptian gods who picked him up and carried him to their temple.
They placed his lifeless body under the statue of Khonshu god of the moon. Khonshu then appeared to Spector in a vision offering him a second chance at life if he agreed to become the god’s avatar on earth. Spector then uses his savings he’d collected from his days a mercenary to invest and create a small fortune.
He then used this fortune combined with the powers given to him by Khonshu (although sometimes it’s unclear whether these powers are real or they are just a delusion) to fight his war on evil as the vigilante Moon Knight.
Another cast member confirmed to be on board is the series showrunner Jeremy Slater, best known for his role as writer and producer in Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy. And judging by how well that was translated from comic book to live-action it’s safe to say this comic book property is in very good hands.
There is currently a myriad of Marvel TV shows in various stages of production for release on Disney+. Wandavision (set to release this year), Falcon and the Winter Soldier (currently filming), She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel just to name a few.
One caveat to Moon Knight being released on Disney+ is that it might be better as a Mature/R-Rated property due to the dark subject matter and Spector’s battles with mental health. These are a large part of what makes the character so compelling and would it be a shame to see them overlooked due to the lack of a mature setting.
We’ve already seen how well Mature/R-Rated comic book properties perform. Netflix’s Daredevil series has a devout cult following and 2019 saw Joker break records as the highest-grossing R-Rated movie ever.