Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DAREDEVIL Casts Scott Glenn as Matt's Mentor Stick

The Man Without Fear now has a mentor.

Marvel officially announced that the upcoming Netflix series Daredevil has cast Scott Glenn as Stick, the man who trains Matt Murdock.  Glenn joins Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Henson (Foggy Nelson), with Rosario Dawson and Vincent D'Onofrio (Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin).

The 73-year-old actor has had several notable film roles, including Alan Shepard in The Right Stuff, Emmett in Silverado, Commander Bart Mancuso in The Hunt for Red October, FBI Director Jack Crawford in The Silence of the Lambs, and Ezra Kramer in The Bourne Ultimatum and The Bourne Legacy.

"Stick is one of the most important figures in Matt Murdock's life and Scott Glenn embodies all the qualities of someone so integral to this hero's journey," said Jeph Loeb, Marvel's Head of Television.  "There are few actors who could bring such the authenticity, gravitas and charisma to such a key role in Matt's journey to become the superhero we call Daredevil."

Created in 1981 by writer/artist Frank Miller, Stick first appeared in Daredevil (vol.1) #176 as a mysterious, blind sensei who found a young Matt Murdock shortly after the accident that blinded him but heightened his other remaining senses.  Stick taught Matt how to control his augmented senses, master his special "radar sense," and trained his in various forms of hand-to-hand combat.

Later on, Stick accepted Matt's college girlfriend Elektra Natchios as a pupil, improving her already formidable combat skills.  He later expelled her, however, because Elektra was unable to rid herself of destructive emotions consuming her since her father was murdered by terrorists.  Stick eventually died during an attack by the ninja clan The Hand aiding Daredevil and Black Widow.

This will be the second live-action depiction of Stick, after Terence Stamp portrayed the character in the Daredevil spinoff film Elektra.

The 13-episode series is expected to debut on Netflix sometime around May 2015.

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