UPDATE 5/27/14 5:58 PM PT: Marvel has made it official: Charlie Cox will star in “Daredevil” as the lead role of Matt Murdock/Daredevil. This is the first official casting news for the 2015-debuting, 13-episode Netflix series.
As Marvel’s official release puts it: “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.”
UPDATE 5/27/14 5:30 PM PT: The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline and Variety have all confirmed Latino Review’s rumor that Charlie Cox has been cast in the title role of Marvel’s “Daredevil” series, set to debut on Netflix in 2015. While Marvel declined comment on both stories, THR noted that an official announcement is expected shortly.
Original story, posted 2:12 PM PT: Rumor site Latino Review has unconfirmed word that English actor Charlie Cox “is looking like he is going” to play the lead role of Daredevil/Matt Murdock on Marvel‘s “Daredevil” series, set to debut on Netflix in 2015. Marvel declined comment to CBR News.
Cox starred as Tristan Thorne in the 2007 film “Stardust,” based on the Neil Gaiman fantasy novel of the same name. He appeared as Owen Sleater on seasons two and three of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” and is slated to appear in the film “Dracula Untold” later this year.
“Daredevil,” the first of five planned Marvel series to debut on Netflix, is scheduled to start production this summer. This past weekend, Marvel announced that Steven S. DeKnight was replacing fellow frequent Joss Whedon collaborator Drew Goddard as “Daredevil” showrunner, with Goddard remaining as an executive producer as he focuses on Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff film, “The Sinister Six.”
If the Charlie Cox rumors prove correct, it would be the first piece of casting news from the “Daredevil” series. Earlier this month, Marvel chief creative officer — and former “Daredevil” artist — Joe Quesada discussed the goals of the series with CBR.
“We’re going into the show trying to create something that’s incredibly exciting, incredibly engaging, and will give our fans something that they love, something that’s unexpected, something that’s going to keep them coming back for more,” Quesada said. “That’s really, ultimately, the goal of this: How do we produce a “Daredevil” TV show on Netflix, that’s going to be viewed the way that people view content on Netflix, in a way that’s going to be compelling, feels unique, while bringing something that is not only true to the character, but providing something unexpected as well.”