Oscar Isaac and Kevin Feige on the 'Brutal' and 'Nutty' Nature of 'Moon Knight'
Embrace the chaos on March 30.
We're a little over a month out from the release of Marvel Studios' Moon Knight, arriving exclusively on Disney+ on March 30.
To get you pumped for the arrival of Moon Knight, lead star Oscar Isaac and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige gave an exclusive glimpse into the action-packed, "brutal" series joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the latest issue of Empire Magazine, on-stands this February 17. Check out the Moon Knight Empire covers!
“The idea of getting back to ‘handmade’ films, character studies… I was desperate for that feeling,” revealed Isaac on his decision to join the MCU exclusively to Empire Magazine. “It felt ‘handmade’...And it’s the first legitimate Marvel character-study since Iron Man.”
“I thought, ‘Maybe I can hijack this thing,'" continued Isaac. "'Maybe this is the chance to do something really...nutty on a major stage.’”
Drawn to the complexities and turmoil his character experiences with dissociative identity disorder, Isaac shared, "What I love most about this thing is that it’s an exploration of a mind that doesn’t know itself. A human being that doesn’t know his own brain. I found that really moving: what the mind is capable of as far as survival. But the workload was massive: the technical challenge of embodying these different characters, physically, the way I manifest my body… It required a lot of energy.”
“He’s brutal,” remarked Feige, exclusively to Empire, "It’s been fun to work with Disney+ and see the boundaries shifting on what we’re able to do. There are moments [in the series] when Moon Knight is wailing on another character, and it is loud and brutal, and the knee-jerk reaction is, ‘We’re gonna pull back on this, right?’ No. We’re not pulling back. There’s a tonal shift. This is a different thing. This is Moon Knight.”
"It is risky," admitted Isaac. "He’s an obscure hero, and the things we’re dealing with are very different. But because it’s a limited series, rather than a movie, the pressure isn’t there to make sure the opening weekend is massive. We’re able to take more risks, to bring that experimental quality on a huge scale."
On the accent heard in the TV spot above, Isaac told Empire, "I stand by the sound of Steven 100 per cent. It’s cool [the accent] got people excited, and some were like, ‘That sucks!’ and others were like, ‘That’s great!’ But there are reasons… That voice is about where Steven’s from, where he’s living now, and some of his believed heritage. It’s not an idea of what Brits actually sound like.”
"In the initial script, the difference between Steven and Marc was in attitude,” noted series writer Jeremy Slater. “It was Oscar who said, ‘What about an accent?’" with director Mohamed Diab chiming in, "Anything Oscar does is deliberate."
Moon Knight follows Steven Grant, a mild-mannered gift-shop employee, who becomes plagued with blackouts and memories of another life. Steven discovers he has dissociative identity disorder and shares a body with mercenary Marc Spector. As Steven/Marc’s enemies converge upon them, they must navigate their complex identities while thrust into a deadly mystery among the powerful gods of Egypt.
Moon Knight stars Oscar Isaac, Ethan Hawke and May Calamawy. Mohamed Diab and the team of Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead directed the episodes. Jeremy Slater is the head writer, and Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Brad Winderbaum, Mohamed Diab, Jeremy Slater and Oscar Isaac are the executive producers. Grant Curtis, Trevor Waterson and Rebecca Kirsch serve as co-executive producers.
Learn more about Moon Knight by picking up the latest issue of Empire Magazine with cover star Oscar Isaac on news stands this February 17!
Marvel Studios' Moon Knight premieres exclusively on Disney+ on March 30.
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