Thursday, July 17, 2014
DAREDEVIL Casts Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page
The Man Without Fear finally has a love interest.
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that actress Deborah Ann Woll has been cast as Karen Page in the upcoming Netflix series Daredevil. Best known as the vampire Jessica Hamby on the HBO series True Blood, Woll has also appeared in the films Meet Me in Montenegro and Ruby Sparks, and episodes of The Mentalist, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, CSI and ER.
Woll joins Charlie Cox as Daredevil/Matt Murdock, Vincent D'Onofrio as The Kingpin/Wilson Fisk, Elden Henson as Franklin "Foggy" Nelson, and Rosario Dawson in a still-unnamed role.
Created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett, Karen Page first appeared in 1964's Daredevil (vol.1) #1, which also introduced Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson. She was the longest-running love interest for Matt, debuting as the secretary at the law firm of Nelson & Murdock until Matt revealed his secret identity to her. This resulted in a long break-up that ended with Karen leaving in 1972 to become a film actress.
The character eventually returned to the series fourteen years later in Daredevil (vol.1) #227, where we learned that Karen had become addicted to heroin while making pornographic movies. Desperate for a fix, Karen sold Daredevil's secret identity to a drug dealer who later sold in to Daredevil's arch-enemy, The Kingpin. After Matt helps Karen overcome her addiction, the two resumed their relationship until Karen learned that Matt was having an affair with another villain, Typhoid Mary.
After becoming an anti-pornography activist and later a radio show host using the name "Paige Angel," Karen left Matt for a talk show host position in Los Angeles. During a routine blood test performed by the supervillain Mysterio, Karen was told she was HIV positive and went back to New York to tell Matt, but was later murdered by Daredevil's adversary Bullseye in 1999's Daredevil (vol.2) #5.
Woll will be the second actress to portray Karen Page in live-action, after Ellen Pompeo in the 2003 film Daredevil, although that role was very minor.
The 13-episode series will debut on Netflix sometime in 2015.