Veteran actor Vincent D’Onofrio has been cast as the Kingpin in the upcoming 13-episode “Daredevil” Netflix series, Marvel announced on Tuesday. D’Onofrio is the second actor announced for the show, following Charlie Cox in the title role of Matt Murdock/Daredevil.
D’Onofrio’s breakout role came as Private Leonard “Gomer Pyle” Lawrence in 1987’s revered “Full Metal Jacket,” directed by Stanley Kubrick. He’s appeared in films including “JFK,” “Ed Wood,” “Strange Days,” “The Cell” and “The Break-Up,” and starred as Detective Robert Goren through much of the 10-season run of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” He has prior experience with live-action comic book adaptations, too, playing Edgar in the original 1997 “Men in Black” film.
“We’re incredibly proud to have an actor with the gravitas and versatility of Vincent joining ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ in such an integral role,” Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television, said in a statement. “Wilson Fisk is an iconic villain whose cunning and power make him the dangerous equal of our hero.”
Kingpin, civilian name Wilson Fisk, was created by Marvel legends Stan Lee and John Romita Sr., and first introduced in 1967’s “Amazing Spider-Man” #50. The character has remained a major antagonist for Spider-Man over the years, but stories like Frank Miller’s initial seminal run on “Daredevil” and the subsequent “Born Again” positioned Kingpin as Daredevil’s archenemy.
The character has been portrayed in live-action twice before, most notably by the late Michael Clarke Duncan in the critically maligned 2003 “Daredevil” film. In the 1989 TV movie “The Trial of the Incredible Hulk,” the Kingpin was played by John Rhys-Davies.
“Daredevil” is slated to start production in New York City this summer, and premiere exclusively on Netflix in 2015. Steven S. DeKnight will serve as the showrunner, with Drew Goddard (initially announced for that position) executive producing and writing the first two episodes. It’s the first of five Marvel series set to debut on the streaming service, along with Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, culminating in a “Defenders” miniseries.