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Inhumans TV Show Won't Star Vin Diesel as Black Bolt

By Brian Gallagher — November 18th, 2016

When Marvel Studios unveiled Marvel Phase 3 back in 2014, one of the final movies in this lineup was Inhumans. The sci-fi superhero adventure was originally slated for a November 2, 2018 release, before being pushed to July 12, 2019 and then being "delayed indefinitely" back in April. Earlier this week, Marvel made the surprise announcement that Inhumans will now become an ABC TV series. But fans shouldn't expect one of the long-rumored cast members, Vin Diesel, starring in the small screen version.

Earlier this year, Vin Diesel hinted that, even though he lends his voice to Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, he could still "totally be something else," and portray a difference Marvel character. While he didn't mention the character by name, many fans thought he might be referring to Black Bolt. Now that Inhumans is making the transition to the small screen, fans are still wondering if Vin Diesel still may portray Black Bolt. During a Facebook Q&A session, Vin Diesel's Guardians of the Galaxy 2 director James Gunn teased that it's unlikely Vin Diesel will star on the TV series.

"The Inhumans is going to be a TV show. Unless Vin wants to take a huge pay cut and sign up to do a TV show it seems unlikely."

Black Bolt (a.k.a. Blackagar Boltagon) is the leader of the Inhumans, a character who has a voice that can emit destructive power. He chooses to remain silent for most of the time. Marvel's announcement earlier this week confirmed that the TV series will explore the never-before-told epic adventure of Black Bolt and the royal family. The Inhumans, a race of superhumans with diverse and singularly unique powers, were first introduced in Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965.

Just a few days before Marvel's announcement, Kevin Feige teased that an Inhumans movie could still happen, adding that "I think it's happening on television." The first two episodes of Marvel Television's new Inhumans series, produced in conjunction with ABC Studios and filmed entirely with IMAX digital cameras, will run worldwide exclusively in IMAX for two weeks at the beginning of September 2017. ABC plans to then premiere the weekly series in fall, with additional exclusive content that can only be seen on the network.

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