[UPDATE: Marvel has confirmed the Daredevil casting.]
Marvel and Netflix’s planned Daredevil TV series has been through quite the speedbump this week, as Marvel announced that Drew Goddard will no longer act as show-runner – and instead, will only be involved in the series as an executive producer, while he turns his attention to Sony’s Sinister Six movie. Meanwhile, Goddard’s fellow Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum, Steven S. DeKnight, has taken the reins of Marvel’s first Hell’s Kitchen superhero show.
It’s still unclear whether this reshuffle has affected the planned July start date for production on Daredevil, but if the show is to remain on schedule, then assembling its cast is the next crucial step. Luckily, the change of hands doesn’t seem to have interrupted the development flow too much, as it seems that Marvel has now found its Daredevil.
Sources have confirmed to THR that Boardwalk Empire actor Charlie Cox will be fighting in the courtroom by day, battling crooks on the streets by night, as Matt Murdock. Although Marvel and Netflix declined comment on the casting, Variety‘s sources have also confirmed the story and an official announcement is expected soon. (Note: Latino Review was the first to break this story, before other sites confirmed.)
UPDATE: Marvel has now confirmed Cox’s casting for Daredevil, via the following statement/synopsis:
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.
Cox doesn’t hail from Hell’s Kitchen, New York or even the USA, but rather was born in London and raised in East Sussex. His best known role is as Tristan Thorne, the hopelessly romantic protagonist of Matthew Vaughn’s 2007 fantasy film Stardust, but since then his career has been fairly quiet. In Boardwalk Empire, he played Irish immigrant Owen Sleater, who worked for Nucky Thompson as a driver and bodyguard.
Daredevil will be the first of five Marvel shows produced for Netflix; following The Man Without Fear’s TV show will be Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, and then finally a team-up of the characters in The Defenders. The goal of these shows, according Disney CEO Bob Iger, is to monetize the Marvel characters that aren’t going to get their own big budget movies.
Marvel fans, tells us in the comments if you think Cox has the potential to be a good fit for Matt Murdock. (Try squinting at his picture and imagining him in the red hood.)
Daredevil is expected to premiere on Netflix in 2015.