The show was first revealed to be in the works back in June. It will focus on Marvel character Simon Williams, aka Wonder Man. In the comics, Williams is the son of a wealthy industrialist whose business is falling on hard times due to competition from Tony Stark’s Stark Industries. Williams then accepts an offer from the villainous Baron Zemo that gives him ionic superpowers, including exceptional strength and durability. After battling the Avengers several times, Wonder Man finally joined their ranks.
Kingsley returns as Slattery gives credence to reports that the series is intended to be a Hollywood satire, as it has been established that Slattery is a failed actor and Wonder Man has been an actor and stunt performer in the comics. Exactly how Kingsley would factor into the show’s plot and how many episodes he would appear in are being kept under wraps, but sources say he will play a major role.
Representatives for Kingsley declined to comment. Marvel Studios does not comment on projects in development.
Kingsley first portrayed Slattery in “Iron Man 3.” In this film, Slattery was hired to play a terrorist leader known as the Mandarin, but his true identity is revealed at the end and he is arrested. He next appeared in the short film “All Hail the King”, which shows Slattery in prison before he is broken out by someone working for the real Mandarin. More recently, Kingsley played Slattery in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” He was taken prisoner by the Mandarin, Shang-Chi’s father, Xu Wenwu, who kept him alive as a kind of court jester. Shang-Chi and his friends eventually help him escape and he in turn helps them defeat Wenwu.
The role reunites Kingsley with Destin Daniel Cretton, who directed and co-wrote “Shang-Chi” and will serve as executive producer and co-creator of the Wonder Man series.
Kingsley is one of the most famous actors of modern times, known for his roles in films like ‘Gandhi’, ‘Sexy Beast’, ‘House of Sand and Fog’, ‘Bugsy’ and ‘Schindler’s List’. He earned Oscar nominations for the first four of the aforementioned films, winning Best Actor for “Gandhi.” He’s also a four-time Emmy nominee and has starred in recent shows like the Epix neo-noir series “Perpetual Grace Ltd.” and the Netflix miniseries version of “Watership Down.”
Kingsley is replaced by CAA, Independent Talent Group and Goodman Genow.
Andrew Guest will be the editor of the Wonder Man show. Cretton will serve as executive producer and eventual director of the series in addition to serving as co-creator with Guest. East Creton currently under a global agreement with Marvel Studios and Onyx Collective, the announcement of which coincided with the news that Cretton would return to direct and write the “Shang-Chi” sequel.