Exclusive: Daniel Radcliffe debunks Moon Knight rumors
A few months back, rumors began swirling that Harry Potter alum Daniel Radcliffe was being eyed to star in Disney+’s upcoming series adaptation of Marvel’s Moon Knight in the titular role, with fan art hitting the internet of what the star would look like as the iconic character. However, whilst talking to the 30-year-old star for his upcoming biopic thriller Escape From Pretoria, Radcliffe officially debunked those rumors for ComingSoon.net.
Radcliffe, who found his rise to stardom early on with the JK Rowling franchise, has since gone into more indie genre fare with acclaimed hits including The Woman in Black, Swiss Army Man and Imperium, while returning to more mainstream fare in the 2015 flop Victor Frankenstein and the box office hit Now You See Me 2. While this change in genre scenery might be seen by some as an aversion on his behalf of a franchise setting, the reality is the star is “absolutely” ready to be a part of something as the MCU ,but that it all lies in the material he’s given.
“If I was ever to go back into a franchise, I think the bar for that script would be even higher than anything else,” Radcliffe said. “Before you can sign on to being in anything for multiple years, you have to be sure you’re really going to love it all the time. I’m not averse to doing any kind of franchise thing in the future again, that could be fun. But the Moon Knight rumors are untrue, I can officially debunk that one, I haven’t heard anything about it.”
The Moon Knight series might be making its highly-anticipated debut later this year with The Umbrella Academy series creator Jeremy Slater developing and leading the writing team for the Disney+ series.
The Moon Knight series was officially announced by Marvel’s chief creative officer Kevin Feige last year along with two other MCU shows for Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk. This marks the iconic superheroes’ live-action debut who are also expected to be featured in future MCU films.
Created by Doug Moench and Don Perlin in 1975 for “Werewolf by Night” #32, Moon Knight is the alter ego of Marc Spector, a Jewish-American rabbi’s son who grew up to become a heavyweight boxer and then a U.S. Marine.
Spector, a mercenary who has numerous alter egos such as cabbie Jake Lockley and millionaire playboy Steven Grant, in order to better fight the criminal underworld. But later he was established as being a conduit for the Egyptian moon god Khonshu after being left for dead on a mission in Egypt. Most recently, he was a consultant who dresses in all-white and goes by the name Mr. Knight.
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