A short while ago Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) joined Marvel’s upcoming TV series Daredevil for the title role, and now the big villain of the series has been cast.
Vincent D’Onofrio (The Cell, Full Metal Jacket, Chained) will play Kingpin in the new series. Per Marvel:
Vincent D’Donofrio has joined the cast of Daredevil as Wilson Fisk aka The Kingpin. D’Onofrio’s iteration of the villain is officially described as, “a powerful businessman whose interests in the future of Hell’s Kitchen will bring him into conflict with the blind attorney Matt Murdock and his alter ego Daredevil.” The character was previously played by Michael Clarke Duncan in the failed 2003 feature film iteration.
Steven S. DeKnight recently took over as showrunner after Drew Goddard’s exit, which was due to his commitment to Sony’ Sinister Six movie.
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.
A few month ago 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”
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.