Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ Series Will Star Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock [Updated]

Published 6 months ago by , Updated May 28th, 2014 at 7:07 am,

Daredevil as gargoyle Marvels Daredevil Series Will Star Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock [Updated]

[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.

Charlie Cox in Boardwalk Empire Marvels Daredevil Series Will Star Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock [Updated]

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.)

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Daredevil is expected to premiere on Netflix in 2015.

Source: THR, Variety, Latino Review, Marvel

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  1. I don’t know if anyone else has mentioned this, but I’m more excited about the showrunner change. Steven S. DeKnight was one of the showrunners for Spartacus. Does that maybe confirm that this series might be a little grittier than other Marvel properties?

    • I hope so but I doubt it’d be too gritty. It’d be a shame if they didn’t at least attempt to work in the style of the Kevin Smith stories (as much as I hate the guy) because it had grit but not too much, kind of balanced things perfectly.

      They should capitalise on different styles for the different shows because AoS is clearly aimed at the 6 year old market, all bright, colourful and goofy where the writing and acting don’t seem to matter as long as the kids continue to tune in. Daredevil could be a sort of not-too-gritty crime-action drama, Luke Cage could be an urban style thing like The Wire, Jessica Jones could appeal to the teenage girl market (where the likes of Buffy, Angel, Supernatural, Dark Angel sit) and Iron Fist would be your action show with fantasy elements, like that Sinbad show from a few years back but with better acting and writing.

  2. What happened to the original DD???

  3. Really good choice in my opinion I loved him in Stardust looking forward to this series who do you guys think they’ll get for Bullseye they have to have him somewhere right… my gosh I sure hated bullseye’s portrayal in the first movie I hate that costume he had thats something I wanted to bring up so in the original Ben Affleck Daredevil movie Bullseye kills Elektra’s father and then hates Daredevil because he conviently misses him when he throughs something at him in an attempt to kill him and now he wants to kill DD? Ok… and the next time he sees Kingpin he says to him “I want a bloody costume” and the next time we see Bullseye he is wearing the same outfit he had on before!!?? Ok… I don’t get it… If kingpin told him now I won’t give you a new costume why didn’t they have that in the scene because when I first saw it I got my hopes up that I was gonna see a suit that I liked more but I didn’t I don’t know it just didn’t make sense to me… hopefully the new series will improve the character when it comes to film.

  4. A bit nonplussed about Cox, but then again I was nonplussed about Tom Welling and Stephen Amell too. In the end, these faces and actors grow on you eventually. I’m more interested in who acts Kingpin as the main antagonist carries a lot of weight.

  5. as an Irishman I think Charlie had one of the best portrayals of an Irish Character including the persona and accent which so many get wrong don’t believe me ask brad pit
    seeing as daredevil has an Irish Background in the comics I think Charlie could draw on the persona of Owen from board walk so I have complete confidence in him for the role

  6. Disappointing. This guy looks nothing like Matt Murdock

    • If you haven’t seen him in Boardwalk Empire, you should check it out. It’s a great show besides, but he is particularly good. I’m sold on him as Murdock, I think he’ll knock it out.

    • Matt Murdock is a character drawn by numerous people, he looks however people depict him. No living person is every going to “look like” a made-up person.

  7. Good point, @Slayer.For me, I guess I wasn’t initially sold on Tom Welling because I was thinking about Christopher Reeve and John Byrne/Jerry Ordway’s depiction. For Stephen Amel, I compared him to Justin in Smallville ( who actually didn’t look like Green Arrow in the comics but had some panache). I guess I’m comparing Cox to Affleck who looks more like Miller’s DD. Cox looks more like Foggy Nelson in the picture above. But it’s the acting that sells the character. I don’t know much about Boardwalk Empire so I’m in the dark about this fellow. We’ll wait and see. Will most likely get used to him in the end.

  8. Not my first choice, but I am a huge Boardwalk Empire fan and have seen him work.
    He’s a fine actor, however his role in Boardwalk is far from DD attitude and character-wise, so it’s hard to use it in a comparative manner (the only similarity that springs to mind is that both characters can kick butt lol). I have faith though, can’t wait to see the finished production.