Marvel’s Moon Knight Disney+ series gained some notable star power when it was announced that Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the upcoming Dune film) had been chosen to take on the mantle of main character Marc Spector/Moon Knight.
Prior to Isaac’s casting, the Moon Knight Disney+ series was also casting two main roles, one of which would seemingly be Marc Spector’s love interest, Marlene Alraune. The casting called for, “20-35 (years old), all ethnicities, female. A manipulative operative in a secret organization, capable of going from cool and tough to warm and friendly in a heartbeat.”
On Wednesday it was announced by THR that the upcoming Moon Knight Disney+ series had found someone who could likely go from “cool and tough to warm and friendly in a heartbeat” in the form of actress May Calamawy. Calamawy, best known for her role as Dena Hassan in Hulu’s Emmy-nominated series Ramy, has not yet been confirmed as Moon Knight’s love interest or even if as the character of Marlene Alraune from the Moon Knight comic books, but with the recent casting being described as a “key role,” all signs point towards her being a supporting character who forges some sort of significant relationship with Marc Spector/Moon Knight.
There’s also the possibility that Calamawy, who was born in Bahrain and is of Egyptian and Jordanian/Palestinian descent, could be playing another female character whose casting description called for, “[FEMALE LEAD] 20s-30s, Egyptian, strong, intelligent and self-sufficient, she’s always two steps ahead.”
In the comic books, Marlene Alraune’s connection to Marc Spector begins when he’s a mercenary on a job in Egypt. The Egyptian female lead who Calamawy could also be playing on the other hand, doesn’t have an equivalent in the comic books off the top of our heads, but would likely be integral to Spector/Moon Knight discovering Khonshu, the ancient Egyptian god of the moon from whom Moon Knight derives his preternatural abilities.
The Moon Knight Disney+ series is aiming to begin production in March. Mohamed Diab, the award-winning director behind Clash and Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, filmmakers behind indie horror hit The Endless and the recent Synchronic are slated to direct.
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