Marvel’s DAREDEVIL Series Taps Charlie Cox as Lead [Updated with Confirmation of Cox's Casting and Modern-Day Setting]

     May 27, 2014


Fans of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire should recognize Marvel/Netflix’s recently tapped Daredevil lead, Charlie Cox.  This news comes just a few days after it was reported that Drew Goddard has exited the project (though he’ll stay on as a consultant), with Spartacus’ Steven S. DeKnight  taking over showrunner duties.  While the drama behind the scenes continues to unfold over at Marvel, Cox is set to step in front of the camera as Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer/crimefighter in “modern day Hell’s Kitchen.”  The series, one of four, is set to run for 13 episodes next year.  Hit the jump for more [including our updated confirmation from Marvel].

charlie-cox-daredevilLatino Review reports that Cox will lead the Marvel/Netflix series, Daredevil, making him the first actor cast in a role for any of their new shows.  That makes sense, since Daredevil will be the first of the four series out of the gates, with Jessica Jones, Iron FistLuke Cage and the miniseries The Defenders following after.  As of this writing, Melissa Rosenberg is still shepherding Jessica Jones, but any other casting and creative additions remain under wraps.  All of the series will shoot in New York with Daredevil expected to start this summer.

As for Cox, his most notable role may be that of Owen Slater on Boardwalk Empire, but he’s also had turns in The Merchant of Venice, Stardust, the first episode of Downton Abbey, and Gary Shore’s upcoming Dracula drama, Dracula Untold, starring Luke Evans in the title role.  We’re still awaiting official confirmation on his Daredevil casting, an announcement which might very well come with the series first image and first look at Cox in the iconic costume.  Stay tuned!

Update: Marvel has responded (though not with the image I teased you about) with confirmation of Cox as Murdock/Daredevil, “the man without fear.”

charlie-cox-daredevilMarvel is proud to announce that acclaimed actor Charlie Cox has joined “Marvel’s Daredevil,” an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015. Best known for his acclaimed work in “Boardwalk Empire” and “Stardust,” 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.

Marvel’s first original series on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight (“Spartacus,” “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” “Angel”) and Drew Goddard (“Cabin in the Woods,” “Lost,” “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer,” in addition to writing the first two episodes of “Marvel’s Daredevil), along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” “Smallville,” “Heroes”).

“Marvel’s Daredevil” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios.



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  • Brandon Slagle

    Hollywood Reporter apparently just confirmed it.

  • eternalozzie

    what a yawn worthy lead :( …. it has a good show runner though so there is still hope.

  • Daniel O’Reilly

    A pretty decent choice. The actor had to be convincing as both Murdock and Daredevil, and I could easily see him as both.

    • Frank

      Solid actor. Very good on Boardwalk Empire.

  • World’s Finest Comments

    Owen Sleater! Hope he doesn’t end up being mailed in a crate this time around…

  • Person

    Looks like a solid choice, although I still wish Daredevil was getting his own movie.

    • Jason Reichow

      So you would rather have just one two-hour movie instead of 13 one-hour episodes?

  • Redjester

    Not a bad choice at all. He did a solid job in Boardwalk Empire.

  • Strong Enough

    NO IDRIS ELBA? Bullshit.

    • LEM

      He’ll be Kingpin.

      • Jamesy

        If you’re joking or not…not a bad shout at all.

    • World’s Finest Comments

      Idris Elba can play his blind eyes.

  • Jason Reichow

    “in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.”
    Damn… I was really hoping for these Netflix shows to be set in the 70′s…

    • Jeffy

      I know. I was hoping it took place in the past too. Hell’s Kitchen is no longer seedy and dangerous looking. It’s full of luxury buildings and higher-class stuff now. Maybe they will fake a scarier ,more depressing city with hollywood magic. I hope.

  • gar216

    Loving the mobile site.

  • JD

    Modern day Hell’s Kitchen is totally gentrified. It’s residents are mostly affluent young professionals (damn yuppies). It is no longer a rough and tumble area. Wonder how they’re going to swing this…

    • Jim Bo

      maybe it becomes degentrified. Or thugs have started moving in because of the attack of New York.

    • Jason Reichow

      The annoying thing is that Joe Quesada said in a recent interview that these shows will be filming in parts of Brooklyn and Long Island that “still looks like old Hell’s Kitchen.” What’s the point of trying to get the look of old Hell’s Kitchen when the shows are set in the present?

      • Luis Humberto

        It’s for the tourist like me, you know. I never put a foot in HK so producers can fool on me.

  • LEM

    I thought it was Brian Cox.

    • Ancalagon

      I’d watch that.

  • Jim Bo

    I was predicting Michael Pitt or Jack Huston would be Daredevil. I think it’s fair to say I was pretty close.

    • LEM

      You’re like the mentalist!

  • MJ

    Who better to wear a silly full-body crimson suit then a guy named Cox.

  • Royale With Cheese

    I like this casting and it seems to be the usual for Marvel/Disney. A relatively unknown but talented actor who can be convinced in to signing a long term multi-picture/multi-season deal for cheap.

    • LEM

      There are so many talented actors and I never think there is a need to get some 10-20 million dollar marquee name. I would rather they paid for great writers and directors.

  • Kaine Morrison

    I wonder how this will fit into the Movies and also with Agents of SHIELD…

    • eternalozzie

      I am sure there will be plenty of lame name dropping … Marvel looks like they are not doing stand alone projects anymore and everything needs to tie into their mass marketing machine.

      • Jason Wright

        Anymore? When did Marvel Studios ever do stand alone projects? Iron Man & Incredible Hulk came out in the same year (2008). Both featured R.D.J. as Tony Stark. Both featured references to S.H.I.E.L.D. and Captain America and Nick Fury; they’ve been building a cohesive universe since day one.

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  • DNAsplitter

    So Goddard is still onboard but will be taking a second seat approach as Steven DeKnight will be handling the show? I guess it makes sense as Goddard will be busy filming Sony’s Craptacular Spider-man’s Sinister Six film (surprised he stayed on board after the disapointing TASM2 was released to lukewarm reviews and disapointment at the boxoffice – maybe Sony’s in turn around mode and making changes after it’s release? IDK). DeKnight’s not a bad choice as I loved Spartacus (1st 2 seasons) and seems to be already following a good approach as Charlie Cox was great in Boardwalk Empire and isn’t big enough to where you only see him from a past role (like Michael C. Hall in Dexter).

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  • dodge hickey

    I like it when studios go for unknowns, it mixes up the pot a bit. Cant wait to see how he does.

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