Though it lost the most promising piece of the puzzle when Drew Goddard departed as showrunner, Marvel continues to put together its first Netflix series Daredevil. Actor Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire) was recently tapped to lead the Marvel comic adaptation as the blind lawyer Matt Murdock, and now the series has found its primary antagonist. Yes, The Kingpin will plague Daredevil in the 13-episode run, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent actor Vincent D’Onofrio will be the one to bring the character to life. Hit the jump for more.
Per Marvel, Vincent D’Donofrio has joined the cast of Daredevil as Wilson Fisk aka The Kingpin. D’Onofrio’s iteration of the villain is officially described as, “a powerful businessman whose interests in the future of Hell’s Kitchen will bring him into conflict with the blind attorney Matt Murdock and his alter ego Daredevil.” The character was previously played by Michael Clarke Duncan in the failed 2003 feature film iteration. D’Onofrio most recently starred on the procedural TV series Law & Order: SVU for a decade, and he also has a key role in the upcoming sequel Jurassic World.
We’re not entirely sure what angle Marvel is taking with this Netflix adaptation, but the run of 13 episodes will be followed by three other standalone series set in Hell’s Kitchen—Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist—which will then culminate in the team-up miniseries The Defenders.
The Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard was tapped early on to write, direct, and run Daredevil, but stepped back a couple of weeks ago and was replaced by Spartacus showrunner Steven S. DeKnight. The reason for Goddard’s departure was unclear—his commitment to The Sinister Six at Sony may be the culprit—but he will remain onboard as a “consultant”. Moreover, Goddard’s scripts for the first two episodes will apparently remain intact.
Daredevil will begin production this summer in New York City and debuts on Netflix sometime in 2015.