When Kevin Feige announced the roster of Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3, I rocketed up to Kree and returned seeing The Inhumans title. There is nothing bigger in this Marvel Cinematic Universe than the adaptation of the heavily underrated yet supremely awesome The Inhumans Comics.
The Inhumans are the most ancient race on planet Earth, speculated ancestors of the X-Men, and spawns of Kree Genetic Experiments. They are a population of 4000 living in the City-State of Attilan, currently on the blue side of the moon. If you were wowed by the X-Men, then these special humans will take you off the planet. Being my favourite comic series from Stan Lee, I cannot emphasize the importance of this adaptation.
As it is set to release in 2018, I am starting my own little campaign to promote my preferred casting choices for the film’s protagonists. And I start with my darling Lady Medusa.
A Brief of Medusa
Medusalith Amaquelin Boltagon. A Queen to the people of Attilan and a wife to the majestic Blackbolt. Her gorgeous rouge tresses are the vines of death. She is revered by both friends and foes and her beauty is subject to the lust of Maximus the Mad, the estranged brother of Blackagar.
Though Blackbolt is the most important Inhuman, Medusa is quintessential to the well-being of the City-State of Attilan. She is the voice of the ever silent yet truly awesome Blackbolt and looks over all matters of the state with a regal confidence. She has high moral values and is the fiercest of warriors, particularly when her family and allies are under threat.
She was granted the power of psionically animated hair by the Terrigen Mists. When compared to an iron wire, her tresses are several times stronger, more elastic and resistant. She can lift insane amounts of weight with her hair. Her body does not bear the brunt of any weight that she undertakes to lift. Rather, it is the psionic power of her hair that balances it all. She can assign independent tasks to every lock of hers and can extend their length to her liking.
She also can control her tresses even after they are severed from her head. This was showcased in the penultimate volume of The Inhumans 1998-1999 series where she brought down a generator with her hair even after Maximus the Mad had chopped her hair.
It is important to understand that in her most favourable portrayals, she has been depicted with symmetrical beauty and a visage bearing intelligence. So, here is my list of red head actresses who could play the elegant queen of Attilan.
Here are my 4 candidates listed according to preference:
1) Bryce Dallas Howard
2) Jaime Ray Newman
3) Lotte Verbeek
4) Alicia Witt
Bryce Dallas Howard
She wrapped my mind and whispered “I am Medusa” the moment I thought of a casting for the Atillan Queen. In fact, I’m going to make sure her casting rumours are spread wild enough to be considered seriously for the role.
Bryce Dallas Howard is the daughter of Director Ron Howard. She starred in M. Night Shyamalan’s Village and Lady in the Water. In 2006 she received a Golden Globe Nomination for her role in As You Like It.
She was then cast as Gwen Stacy in Spiderman 3 and it brought her much fame. She also appeared in Twilight Eclipse and Terminator Salvation.
She has been cast in a starring role in The Jurassic World (2015) alongside Irrfan Khan and Chris Pratt.
She will do justice to the grace and ethereal beauty of Lady Medusa. I insist that readers ponder over this choice and spread the word…after all rumours do play a part in movie casting sometimes.
Jaime Ray Newman
When – for the sake of this blogpost – I considered including a few more options for the role, Jaime Ray Newman was the first actress for the list.
Popular for her role of Kristina Cassidine in the 2002 Televison Drama General Hospital, she has also played alongside Leonardo Di Caprio in the acclaimed biopic Catch Me If You Can.
She is currently a series regular in Red Widow and Mind Games.
She has had guest roles in several notable Television Dramas, namely Stargate: Atlantis, CSI, Veronica Mars, Happy Family, Supernatural, Bones, Criminal Minds, Heroes, CSI: NY, Grimm & Castle.
She would be a great choice for the role of Medusa. She has the beauty and acting chops for the role.
I absolutely adore this lady. She played Giulia Farnese in my all time favourite Televison Drama The Borgias (I hate the producers for cancelling it after the 3rd season). As the Mistress of Pope Alexander Rodrigo Borgia, she was handed a really important role. And she owned it like the Queen she is.
Active in all three seasons of the Costume Drama, her character was that of Medusa in many ways. She, for one, looked after the accounting and several other departments of the Vatican and turned the fortunes of Rome’s underprivileged. Lover to the brilliant Jeremy Irons, she played the soothing presence of Medusa to Blackbolt already in the show.
She is an award winning Dutch Actress and has appeared in the film adaptation of The Fault In Our Stars and stars alongside Graham McTavish in the Scottish Drama The Outlander.
This lady is class and worth calling to audition for.
A manifestation of her surname, Alicia Witt is the smartest lady on this list.
A child prodigy, she read College Textbooks at the shocking young age of Two. Yes. A two year old toddler reading college textbooks. And such people don’t garner rave fame in this modern age.
Fame poured her way when she was cast in the 1984 David Lynch film Dune as a child actress.
She is a film, stage & TV actor, a singer-songwriter and a pianist. Few of her on-camera works include roles in The Sopranos, The Mentalist, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Person of Interest, Friday Night Lights, Justified, The Librarians, CSI: Miami, Two and a Half Men, Law & Order and The Twilight Zone.
If I were the casting director, I’d seriously consider her for the role.
Let us know in the comments who do you think is the perfect choice for the role amongst these four.
Next up is the casting for The Undefeated, Majesty Incarnate Blackagar Bolt – King of Attilan and the greatest Superhero to have ever existed.
~ Zalysar Cuvegis