British actor Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Haunting of Hill House, Faster, has been getting some Moon Knight fan love recently and potentially playing the Marvel Studios anti-hero in the upcoming Disney+ series was brought up during the press tour of his upcoming film The Invisible Man, while speaking with EntertainmentTonight‘s Ash Crossan.
JACKSON-COHEN: “I have heard this, yes. I don’t understand what a Moon Knight is. Sign me up!”
“No, I’d love to.”
“Every single time I open Instagram, it’s like, ‘MOON KNIGHT!’ And I’m like, ‘This is so great and thank you, but I don’t know what it is!’. No one’s called me.”
“I would love to be a Marvel superhero. That would be a dream. Tell all of your viewers to go and stand outside Marvel headquarters!”
There have been previous reports that Marvel Studios is dead-set on hiring an actor with Jewish heritage to play Marc Spector in the Disney+ series.
Oliver’s father happens to be from an Egyptian Jewish family.
Egypt plays a role in the character’s origin story and Marc Spector happens to be the son of a Rabbi.
The hero is ostensibly Marc Spector, a mercenary who has numerous after egos – 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. Most recently, he was a consultant who dresses in all-white and goes by the name Mr. Knight.
It also helps that he’s British and filming on the series is confirmed to take place in the United Kingdom, so you can now understand why fans are trying to push Oliver for the role.
Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe recently stated to ComingSoon that the rumors of him being in the mix for Moon Knight is untrue.
RADCLIFFE: “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 Invisible Man will be released on February 28th.
Trapped in a violent, controlling relationship with a wealthy and brilliant scientist, Cecilia Kass (Moss) escapes in the dead of night and disappears into hiding, aided by her sister (Harriet Dyer, NBC’s The InBetween), their childhood friend (Aldis Hodge, Straight Outta Compton) and his teenage daughter (Storm Reid, HBO’s Euphoria).
But when Cecilia’s abusive ex (Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House) commits suicide and leaves her a generous portion of his vast fortune, Cecilia suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of eerie coincidences turns lethal, threatening the lives of those she loves, Cecilia’s sanity begins to unravel as she desperately tries to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.
SOURCE: ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT