Marc Spector might not be a household name just yet, but when Marvel’s Moon Knight series arrives on Disney+ sometime next year, we have no doubt the wealthy white-cloaked superhero will quickly become a fan favorite.
Ever since Kevin Feige made the announcement at last year’s D23 Expo, fans have been speculating as to Marvel will cast to play Marc Spector/Moon Knight, a supernatural Batman-like superhero with multiple personalities. After giving it thought, here are five actors we believe Marvel Studios should consider for the lead role in the Moon Knight series coming to Disney+. If you can think of an actor we missed, let us know in the comments below.
5. Daniel Radcliffe
Best known for playing the titular protagonist in the Harry Potter film series, Daniel Radcliffe has been linked to Moon Knight series since it was announced at D23 last August. We all know the actor has what it takes to lead a franchise, and he’d bring a level of stardom to the role few others could. The only downside to casting Radcliffe is his height (5’5″), but if Hollywood can make Tom Cruise appear tall, we don’t see this being an issue.
Some thought Radcliffe might find it challenging to find work following the release of Deathly Hallows: Part 2, but it was quite the opposite. The actor proved that he was more than a one-trick pony, landing roles in The Woman in Black (2012), Horns (2013), and Swiss Army Man (2016).
4. Oliver Jackson-Cohen
Oliver Jackson-Cohen isn’t as well known as some of the other actors on the list, but if you’ve seen his portrayal of Luke Crain in the TV adaptation of Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House, you’ll know he’s more than capable of playing a character struggling with mental health and has experience with the supernatural. Jackson-Cohen’s performance was one of the best aspects of Haunting of Hill House, and for that reason, we’d like to see the actor get a shot a more starring role.
With Jackson-Cohen set to play Peter in the second season of the Mike Flanagan’s anthology horror series, titled The Haunting of Bly Manor, it might be difficult for the Marvel Studios to pull the actor away from Netflix, but if anyone can it’s Disney.
3. Jonathan Groff
If you’ve heard of or watched Mindhunters on Netflix, you’ll be quite familiar with Jonathan Groff and his impressive portrayal of FBI Special Agent Holden Ford. Groff began his career working on Broadway, landing significant roles in both the 2006 production of Spring Awakenings and the 2015 production of Hamilton, before finally being cast in Mindhunters. Although it might seem like Broadway has nothing to do with playing a superhero, it does show Groff has range and experience in a lead.
Marvel’s Moon Knight is a detective at heart, so Groff playing one in Mindhunters helps his case. That said, much like an actor we’ll discuss below, it might be difficult to pry the Groff away from Netflix, although a third season has yet to be confirmed, so anything is possible.
2. Henry Zaga
Even though Henry Zaga is playing Roberto da Costa/Sunspot in The New Mutants, Disney has confirmed the upcoming X-Men film is in no way connected to the MCU, so with that in mind and the chance of a sequel unlikely; Marvel might want to consider taking a closer look at the talented Brazillian actor for the lead role in the upcoming Moon Knight series.
Although Zaga hasn’t appeared in much, he does have experience in television, having appeared in various episodes of Teen Wolf, 13 Reasons Why, and Trinkets. Even though he might be a longshot, if Zaga’s performance in New Mutants holds up, Marvel might want to roll the dice with a lesser-known and cast the young actor to helm the upcoming Disney+ series.
1. Shia LaBeouf
We’re probably not the first to suggest Shia LaBeouf would be an ideal fit to play Moon Knight, but after watching the actor’s impressive performances in both The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) and Honeyboy (2019), we couldn’t be more convinced LeBeouf has both the look and range to play the mentally tormented Marc Spector. If the actor is even remotely interested, we think he’d make an exceptional superhero.
LeBeouf has struggled over the past few years, but with his legal troubles and therapy behind him, the California native once again looks happy and healthy. After headlining two independent films in 2019, one of which he wrote, we’d love to see the actor join the MCU and play Moon Knight in the upcoming Disney+ series.