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Now, while the list of successful transfers from the WWE to Hollywood may not be all that long (the less said about Hulk Hogan's acting career the better), it remains a list that includes Dwayne Johnson, and thus has to be taken a little more seriously than it otherwise might. After all, we can all smell what The Rock is cooking, and it's a giant pile of box office success and industry respect. As such, it's perhaps worth taking the acting-intentions of his fellow alums with a slightly smaller pinch of salt than initially seems sensible.

Which, of course, remains the case even when...

WWE's Cody Rhodes Is Hoping To Play Black Bolt In Marvel's 'Inhumans'

'Arrow' [The CW]
'Arrow' [The CW]

Yup, that's right. That Cody Rhodes, the man formerly known as , is hoping to play one of Marvel's most legendary comic book heroes. And the strangest thing about that? He might actually have a shot.

Before we get to that, though, let's take a look at exactly what the man himself has to say on the subject. Y'see, Rhodes — a self-confessed "lifelong comic book reader" — recently revealed to Bleeding Cool that:

"[Black Bolt is]... one of the best characters in all comics. The idea that a simple, spoken word could blow a room up is just… I dig everything that is Black Bolt."

[Marvel Comics]
[Marvel Comics]

To which he then added, after being asked whether the folks over at ABC — who are currently developing an TV show, after all — were aware of his interest:

"I will fully disclose that I have been actively pursuing a couple of roles, that being one... I now have uprooted, moved to LA, to look into acting more, especially after the 'Arrow' episode. So that would mean the world to me if that were to happen. And we’re actively looking into it. I’m all about it."

Or, in other words, Cody Rhodes might well be on a shortlist somewhere to play the iconic hero .

Could Rhodes Actually Get The Part, Though?

[Marvel Comics]
[Marvel Comics]

Well, maybe. Y'see, while it's long been speculated that Guardians of the Galaxy star has already surreptitiously signed on to play the silent hero, that was very much before The Inhumans moved to television. With Diesel seeming unlikely to sign on to a small screen adventure in such a substantial role, then, and ABC seeming even more unlikely to offer him the sort of salary that could improbably make that happen, it seems that the role may well be up for grabs.

And, if so, Rhodes might just make for in intriguing outsider bet. After all, Black Bolt's lack of dialogue may well keep scare off many more established actors — leaving a depleted field of competition — and Rhodes certainly has plenty of experience at using his physicality to project an out-sized personality (he comes from a WWE background, after all). What's more, with an appearance on under his belt, Rhodes actually has more comic book-themed show experience than most actors out there, something that could well work in his favor if the network is torn between a handful of candidates.

Of course, it's still very much a long shot, but Rhodes might not be facing quite so impossible a task as it initially seems...

Still want more superhero and wrestling-themed news, though? Never fear, we've got you covered right here.

In the meantime, what do you think? Will Rhodes end up playing Black Bolt. If not, who would you like to see him play? Let us know below!

(Sources: Bleeding Cool)


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