Marvel is reportedly starting the casting process of its latest TV show, Moon Knight, but the studio wants Keanu Reeves in the lead.
Rumors of the involvement of the John Wick star in Moon Knight have been widespread for months. A new report has now confirmed that Marvel has been trying to rope the star in.
The Illuminerdi obtained a casting grid of the upcoming Disney+ show, which indicated the qualifications of the actor they are looking for. They want someone in his 40s or 50s to play for Marc Spector, the mercenary. The role is said to be meant for Reeves if he’s interested in joining a Marvel production.
Marvel boss Kevin Feige admitted in 2019 that they constantly approach Reeves for every movie in development ever since Captain Marvel.
“I don’t know when, if, or ever he’ll join the MCU, but we very much want to figure out the right way to do it,” Feige said.
Reeves’ very busy schedule
The casting report also indicated that filming Moon Knight is tentatively set for November and that schedule might mean a problem for Reeves. The actor is currently working on the set of The Matrix 4. Production for this sequel recently restarted after a six-month delay due to the pandemic.
After The Matrix 4, Reeves’ next project is for the fourth installment of John Wick. He will likely do John Wick: Chapter 5 as well as Lionsgate is keen on signing more sequels for this particular franchise.
It’s unclear if Reeves can add a TV show commitment to his packed schedule.
Other Moon Knight casting
Apart from potentially casting Reeves as Spector, Moon Knight is also looking for two actors who will play major roles in the superhero series.
A report from The Direct cited that auditions are currently underway for actors who could play Jean-Paul DuChamp and Marlene Alraune.
Jean-Paul DuChamp is Spector’s best friend who is a young, good-looking white guy. The actor needs to be fluent in French.
Marlene Alraune, on the other hand, is Spector’s love interest and she has to be below 35 years old. The casting directors are open to looking for a suitable actress in all ethnicities.
Moon Knight is Marvel’s version of DC’s Batman in the world of comics. The character of Spector is also a billionaire who uses different gadgets and gears to fight crime.
However, the Marvel character has superhero abilities unlike Batman, who only relies on his expert detective skills. He has increased speed, endurance and strength but it’s dependent on the cycle of the moon.
Marvel announced developing Moon Knight series for Disney+ last summer.
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