Wednesday, May 28, 2014

DAREDEVIL Casts Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock

And still not ginger!

Marvel has officially confirmed that Charlie Cox has been cast in the lead role of Matt Murdock, the man without fear, in the Netflix series DaredevilThe 31-year-old English actor is perhaps best known as Owen Sleater in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire and as Tristan Thorne in the 2007 film Stardust, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman.

Created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett in 1964, Matt Murdock was blinded as a young boy by a radioactive substance, but gained heightened senses of smell, taste and touch in addition to a radar-like sense that allows him to "see."  After his boxer father is murdered by gangsters after refusing to throw a fight, Matt assumes the identity of Daredevil and fights crime in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City.

Cox will be the third actor to portray Daredevil in live action, after Rex Smith in the 1989 television movie The Trial of the Incredible Hulk and Ben Affleck in the 2003 film Daredevil by Mark Steven Johnson.

The new drama series will run for 13 episodes and recently had a change in showrunner, after Drew Goddard left the position this past weekend due to signing on to direct the Spider-Man spinoff film The Sinister Six for Sony.  Goddard will remain as an executive producer on the series, but Spartacus and Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Steven S. DeKnight will now serve as showrunner.

Daredevil will air on Netflix sometime in 2015.

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