Add another major Marvel Comics player to the season season of “Daredevil” on Netflix: As made official on Marvel.com, Ã‰lodie Yung has been cast as Elektra, one of the most famous characters in the Daredevil mythos.
Here’s the official description: “Yung will play Elektra, a mysterious woman from Matt Murdock’s past whose dangerous and exotic ways may be more than he can handle.” The first season of “Daredevil” contained references to Elektra, but the character was not seen on screen.
Created by comics legend Frank Miller, Elektra first appeared in 1981’s “Daredevil” #168. A deadly assassin and sometimes hero, Elektra branched out from the “Daredevil” series to headline many of her own comics, including the acclaimed “Elektra: Assassin” miniseries and the “Elektra Lives Again” graphic novel.
“After a worldwide search, we found in Ã‰lodie the perfect actress to embody both Elektra’s impressive and deadly physicality, as well as her psychological complexity,” Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb said in Marvel’s announcement. “”Paired with Charlie as Matt Murdock, the two will bring one of the most beloved and tumultuous comic book relationships to life with all the accompanying sparks and spectacular action sequences the show is known for.”
Yung appeared in 2013’s “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” as Jinx — a similarly martial arts-centric character — and will play Hathor in 2016’s “Gods of Egypt.” This is Elektra’s second turn in live-action — Jennifer Garner played the character twice, in 2003’s “Daredevil” film and 2005 solo follow-up “Elektra.”
Along with Elektra, it was announced last month that the Punisher — another Marvel character who has starred in comics and feature films — is set to join “Daredevil,” as played by “The Walking Dead” veteran Jon Bernthal. “Daredevil” season two is scheduled to debut in 2016 on Netflix.