The C&I reader favorite will be playing the ultimate strong and silent type.

Evidently, there is life after Hell.

Anson Mount, the highly respected and impressively versatile stage, screen, and television actor who has played everything from a fearsomely unstable meth dealer (Cook County) to a crucified modern-day messiah (Terrence McNally’s controversial play Corpus Christi) and who earned his spurs as a straight shooter during his five-season run as Cullen Bohannon on AMC’s Hell on Wheels, has got a brand new gig. Elizabeth Wagmeister of Variety, the showbiz bible, reported Tuesday that the two-time C&I cover guy has landed the lead role of Black Bolt in Marvel’s Inhumans, an upcoming ABC series inspired by the cult-fave Marvel Comics series.

And here’s where Mount’s subtly nuanced expressiveness as an actor will be especially useful: Black Bolt, the enigmatic King of the Inhumans, a race of superhumans with unique and diverse powers, has “a voice so powerful that the slightest whisper can destroy a city,” Wagmeister writes. “Like the character in the comics who does not speak, the television character will also be silent.”

According to Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television and executive producer on the series:  “Anson loves the challenge of playing a character who will only communicate silently. His enthusiasm mixed with his imposing, almost regal persona made it easy to see why he is our Black Bolt.”

Marvel’s Inhumans is set to premiere in September on ABC. Before it does, however, the first two episodes will be showcased in IMAX theaters across North America. Which, of course, will give Mount maximum opportunity to be seen but not heard.

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