Oscar Isaac in Talks to Star in Marvel's 'Moon Knight' for Disney+

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Jeremy Slater, who developed and wrote Netflix’s 'Umbrella Academy' adaptation, has been tapped to develop and lead the writing team.

Oscar Isaac is in negotiations to topline Moon Knight, the latest Marvel series for Disney+.

The dealmaking sets up a return for Isaac to the four-color world of Marvel, as he played the blue-skinned titular villain in Fox’s 2016 Marvel movie, X-Men: Apocalypse.

Jeremy Slater, who developed and wrote Netflix’s comic book adaptation Umbrella Academy series, has been tapped to develop and lead the writing team on Moon Knight.

Moon Knight has had a winding road in the comics since debuting in 1975’s Werewolf by Night #32. Moon Knight is Marc Spector, an ex-Marine turned mercenary whose multiple alter egos allow him to better fight crime. These alternate personas include cabbie Jake Lockley and millionaire playboy Steven Grant. In the later comics, he was established as being a conduit for the Egyptian moon god Khonshu, while recently, he was a consultant who dresses in all white and goes by the name Mr. Knight. Most writers who have tackled Moon Knight in recent years have depicted him as a character with multiple personalities and a fractured mental state.

If a deal makes, the casting of Moon Knight will close out the top billing of the final run of Marvel originals for Disney+, following Tatiana Maslany coming on board to lead She-Hulk and newcomer Iman Vellani being named to star in Ms. Marvel.

Those series join a growing roster of shows Marvel Studios has in the works for Disney+. WandaVision, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, is set to debut later this year. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Tom Hiddleston's Loki are both working to complete production after facing COVID-19 related shutdowns in the spring.

Isaac is well-known for his work in the genre space with leading roles in the latest Star Wars trilogy, Annihilation and Ex Machina, as well as in prestige fare like Inside Llewyn Davis. He also made an uncredited post-credits cameo in the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as fan-favorite hero Miguel O'Hara. He next appears in Denis Villeneuve's adaptation of Dune, now set to open Oct. 1, 2021, and is prepping to shoot James Gray's Armageddon Time.

Isaac is repped by WME, Inspire Entertainment and Goodman Genow.

Aaron Couch contributed to this story.