Coming to Netflix in 2015 is Daredevil, the first of four new shows that Marvel is producing for the streaming service. The series will have 13 episodes but is being planned as "one large movie." And eventually - along with Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist - it will culminate in a miniseries that will unite all these characters together titled The Defenders.
Many of Daredevil's major roles have already been cast. First was Charlie Cox as the titular character Daredevil a.k.a. Matt Murdock. Next, Elden Henson was cast as Foggy Nelson, Murdock's best friend. Joining the series in an as-of-yet unspecified role is Rosario Dawson, though chances are good she'll be playing the hero's love interest. Karen Page or Elektra, perhaps? And playing Daredevil's larger than life villain, Wilson Fisk a.k.a. The Kingpin, will be TV legend Vincent D'Onofrio.
According to Deadline, the newest cast member to join the series is Peter Shinkoda (Falling Skies) as a man named Hachiro, an original character created for the series who is described as a "major recurring role."
No further details were made available to suggest what kind of a role this new character might have, and as far as we're aware, Hachiro has no counterpart in the comics. One possible theory suggests Shinkoda's part is filling the role of Daredevil's mentor, a character originally named Stick and typically depicted as an older white man.
Hachiro being Daredevil's mentor is purely speculation, but if Shinkoda isn't playing an ally of Daredevil's, there's really only one other option: another enemy. Being that the role is listed as a major recurring one, it wouldn't be out the question for Hachiro to be an associate of The Kingpin's, possibly even an underling or a second-in-command.
Whatever the role, the cast for Daredevil is beginning to fill out. What kind of a character do you imagine Peter Shinkada's Hachiro will be: friend or foe? Let us hear what you think in the comments below!
Daredevil releases on Netflix in 2015.