The Marvel Cinematic Universe is expanding into Netflix shows with the upcoming Iron Fist, Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones series, and Defenders miniseries. Casting speculation for Iron Fist has been running rampant, but nothing has been announced to date. The cast for Daredevil, however, is coming together.
It was announced a few weeks ago that British actor Charlie Cox, of Boardwalk Empire fame, would be playing the titular character. I’m not familiar at all with his work, as I’ve yet to see a single film or television show he’s been in. So I have no real frame of reference for him, which is kind of a good thing. I have no expectations of him, good or bad, and will be able to simply judge him based solely on his performance as Matt Murdock without any baggage.
Today, Marvel Studios revealed that Daredevil’s nemesis Wilson Fisk (a.k.a. The Kingpin) will be played by Emmy nominated actor Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Men In Black, The Cell, Law & Order: Criminal Intent). Yet another gem of a casting job by Marvel. I think D’Onofrio is perfect for the role of Marvel’s greatest organized crime boss and real-world type villain. He’s a fantastic actor who brings instant credibility to the series. Also, he can play dark, violent, and intimidating as good as anyone. I was already looking forward to this series, but this has me totally excited. Hopefully the casting for the rest of the MCU Netflix series will be this spot on.