Earlier this year, Marvel announced they were developing five new TV series, four shows and a miniseries, at Netflix, all which would take place in the ever growing Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first series would be based around the Marvel Comics character DareDevil, who audiences last saw on screen in the 2003 film starring Ben Affleck. Now, Marvel is looking to bring the character back, in their way, in a thirteen episode first season, and it looks like their hunt for their new Matt Murdock has ended.
Latino Review was the first to break the news that Boardwalk Empire and Stardust star Charlie Cox has landed the coveted role of Matt Murdock in the new TV series. Variety has since confirmed the scoop. It’s great to see the series has finally grabbed its lead, as the show is set to start shooting in New York City in July.
Update: Marvel has officially announced Cox has gotten the role. Here’s their full press release:
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.
For more information on “Marvel’s Daredevil,” and the other exciting new Marvel Television series coming to Netflix, stay tuned to Marvel.com.
Cox is certainly an interesting choice for the role, but it’s a good fit. He’s an incredibly talented actor, and it’ll be interesting to see what he brings to the role. Matt Murdock is a very interesting character to tackle, not only with his dark side, but for any actor, getting the chance to play a blind character will certainly be a challenge. DareDevil was actually my gateway in the Marvel universe, so he holds a very special place in my heart, and I can’t wait to see Cox in the role.
While not much more about the series is known at this time, it’s good to see the series coming together. The show is set to debut sometime next year on Neflix. This series will then be followed by TV series for Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist leading to the massive crossover miniseries, The Defenders. I can only hope that these series give us a chance to see some of Marvel’s darker characters, such as The Punisher and Moonknight, a chance to shine in the MCU. This is certainly an exciting time to be a comic book fan, and especially a Marvel fan, as the universe continues to grow on screen.
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