Tragically deceased on December 19, French actor Gaspard Ulliel had made his foray into the Marvel universe with the Moon Knight series, scheduled for March 2022. In whose shoes will we find the late actor?
The world of cinema has been mourning Gaspard Ulliel since the announcement of his tragic and sudden death on December 19 following a skiing accident. The one who had won two César (Best hope and Best actor) and had played the great couturier Yves Saint Laurent on the big screen was just announced in a pharaonic project: Moon Knight, the next series from Marvel studios.
Scheduled for March 30 on Disney+, this 6-episode show follows the dangerous adventures of Steven Grant, a discreet employee suffering from dissociative identity disorder and sharing the same body as mercenary Marc Spector, alias Moon Knight. As the noose tightens on Steven/Marc, the two men will have to find their balance in this dual identity and fight fearsome enemies in a battle among the gods of Egypt.
Gaspard Ulliel facing Oscar Isaac at Marvel
In this series from Marvel Studios, Gaspard Ulliel was expected alongside Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke to play a major role, that of Anton Mogart alias Midnight Man (The Midnight Man, in French), one of the main antagonists of Moon Knight.
First appeared in comics Moon Knight Vol.1 #3, published in 1981, Midnight Man appears as an antiquity dealer with a troubled and unknown past. This wealthy man acted solely for the purpose of owning rare works and not for profit.
His first encounter with Moon Knight marks him for life as he falls into the Hudson River and drifts into a pool of chemicals that burn his face. After discovering that the police had seized all of his belongings during his disappearance, Anton Mogart descends into dementia while living in the sewers and swears revenge on the vigilante by any means possible.
Even though he teams up with Bushman, Midnight Man fails to destroy Moon Knight and ends up dying of cancer, not without revealing his secrets to his illegitimate son Jeff Wilde, whom he asks not to become a criminal. like him. A talented burglar and expert in the art of infiltration, Midnight Man is endowed with no powers and uses a pistol and an oriental dagger when he has to fight.
The first trailer for Moon Knight, unveiled overnight from Monday to Tuesday, did not yet give a glimpse of Gaspard Ulliel in the series, but the future images that Disney+ will publish will surely be able to show the actor in the skin of this antagonist. Many voices in French cinema have already expressed their friendship, their sadness and their tribute to the actor who suddenly passed away.
A Disney spokesperson told variety : “We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of our friend and colleague Gaspard Ulliel. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this time.”
The Moon Knight trailer: