I have been keeping a rather close eye on the Daredevil Netflix TV series coming next year. For a week or two, casting announcements were coming in rapidly. Then, in the recent weeks, it slowed down considerably. So who all do we have accounted for?
Matt Murdock / Daredevil
Charlie Cox, known mostly for his roll in Stardust, is to be the blind lawyer, Matt Murdock, and his costumed alter ego, Daredevil. Cox was recently seen on set as Murdock, which I wrote about earlier this week.
Elden Henson, known mostly for The Mighty Ducks and the Butterfly Effect, is set to be Foggy Nelson, Matt’s partner in law and best friend. The roll was previously played by Jon Favreau, who went on to play Happy in Iron Man (as well as directing movies 1 and 2).
Deborah Ann Woll, known almost exclusively for her roll in True Blood, will play Karen Page. Page was the secretary for Nelson & Murdock, but eventually became the heart-throb of both lawyers, introducing a love triangle. Eventually, a while down the storyline, (possible spoiler:) she became a druggie and sold Daredevil’s identity to Kingpin for a fix.
Wilson Fisk / Kingpin
Vincent D’Onofrio, most known for Law and Order and Full Metal Jacket, will play the Kingpin. Take note, this is not just the Kingpin for the Daredevil series and the Defenders series. This is the Kingpin for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The master of crime for all of the MCU, as the Defenders takes place in the universe with the Avengers. Personally, I love this casting choice, and I will be interested to see him in action.
Unidentified Roll (Elektra?)
Rosario Dawson, known for Sin City and Seven Pounds, has been cast in an unidentified roll in the show. Our only information comes from Marvel, who said she is “a dedicated young woman whose quest to heal the wounds of Hell’s Kitchen brings Matt Murdock unexpectedly crashing into her life, while her own journey forever alters the course of his battle against the injustices of this broken city.” Many, like myself, believe that this means Dawson will be playing Elektra. The roll was previously played (twice, actually, but we won’t talk about #2), by Jennifer Garner. I am curious if Dawson will actually be playing Elektra, or if that’s too obvious. Also, Marvel has issued no denial of her roll as Elektra.
Notable Absent – Bullseye
Spiderman has Green Goblin, Batman has Joker, and Daredevil has Bullseye. Okay, so maybe Kingpin is a bigger threat to him, but Bullseye is THE combat villain of Daredevil. Yet, he was not mentioned in the casting list. I’m waiting for a casting annoucement soon. I would be surprised if they made it through season 1 without Bullseye.
So that’s the casting we have to this day. I’m waiting for more names to come, but I’m pretty satisfied with this list. As usual, with Bullseye or Dawson or anything else, only time will tell.
Check back tomorrow for a list of the confirmed Phase 3 films.