Marvel have today confirmed that Charlie Cox will play Daredevil in their upcoming TV series. Rumours began circulating yesterday that Cox was playing the role, prompting Marvel to respond.
Here is how Marvel addressed the rumours:
Marvel is proud to announce that acclaimed actor Charlie Cox has joined “Marvel’s Daredevil,” an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015. Best known for his acclaimed work in “Boardwalk Empire” and “Stardust,” Cox will play Matt Murdock, the lead role in this all-new Marvel Television series. Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.
Marvel’s first original series on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (“Spartacus,” “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”) and Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods,” “Lost,” “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” in addition to writing the first two episodes of “Marvel’s Daredevil), along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Smallville,” “Heroes”)
“Marvel’s Daredevil” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios.
This news comes just days after Drew Goddard left the series as showrunner, but as you will notice from Marvel’s statement, he will stay onboard as executive producer.
Last month some juicy details were revealed about the series:
Marvel Entertainment Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada, recently spoke on Kevin Smith’s Fatman on Batman podcast, and revealed some very interesting details on the new Daredevil TV series.
First off, it was revealed that Daredevil would indeed exist within Marvel’s current movie world, and just might eventually tie in with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or MCU as it is better known:
“There will be some interconnectivity, much like the movies. They will exist within the cinematic universe again, so this is all the same world as S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers.”
I must admit to not really taking to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and in fact I gave up after just three episodes, but Daredevil actually sounds promising:
“Although these are superhero stories, this is different now. This is the street level…this is the street level noir side of the Marvel Universe. Something that you haven’t really, really seen in any of our Marvel movies. And probably more ground level, than I think you’ve seen. This is not like us doing Batman, Dark Knight or any of that stuff. This is very Marvel doing street level superheroes”
Now this certainly does sound cool, and while Quesada was not willing to give any details away about the shows bad guy (“I’m not going to say who the villain is in our story”), he did promise some exciting scripts were coming in:
“The scripts are coming in. They are pretty fantastic. They’re really emotional. They’re very, very original. But at the same time, it is Daredevil. It is Matt Murdock. We will eventually, hopefully start casting really, really soon, but I’m very, very excited about it”
The plan with these new series is to release them in order: Daredevil will come first in 2015, followed by Jessica Jones, then Iron Fist and finally Luke Cage. Word is that once these series’ have all played, it will be followed up by a Marvel’s Defenders mini-series which will bring all the characters together. There are also possible plans for each character to have their own stand-alone movie.
Marvel have confirmed that Daredevil will premiere on Netflix in 2015.