Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo has joined Marvel’s The Punisher in a recurring role.
Entertainment Weekly reports the actress, known for her roles in House of Sand and Fog and on the Syfy drama The Expanse, will play Farah Madani, the mother of Dinah Madani (Amber Rose Revah), a Homeland Security agent who’s vexed by Jon Bernthal’s Frank Caste.
Farah is described as an Iranian who spent most of her life in the United States, where she built a successful psychiatry practice. Both roles appear to have been created for the Netflix series, rather than pulled from the comic book source material.
News of Aghdashloo arrives a week after the teaser trailer for The Punisher debuted with the release of The Defenders, the eight-episode miniseries that brought together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist to save New York from the city-destroying scheme by the Hand.
Aghdashloo, who earned an Academy Award nomination for her 2003 performance in House of Sand and Fog, now stars as United Nations executive Chrisjen Avasarala on Syfy’s adaptation of the sci-fi epic The Expanse. She also earned an Emmy Award for her role on the 2008 miniseries House of Saddam, produced by The Punisher showrunner Steve Lightfoot.
Debuting later this year on Netflix, The Punisher stars Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, Ben Barnes as Billy Russo, Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Micro, Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Daniel Webber as Lewis Walcott and Paul Schulze as Rawlins, with Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio[in an undisclosed role.
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