Vincent D’Onofrio to Play Kingpin in Marvel’s DAREDEVIL Netflix Series

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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.

kingpin-comics-imagePer 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.




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  • NathanArizona

    well, that’s awesome!!

  • NathanArizona

    well, that’s awesome!!

  • fatboy35

    I Like It!

  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    I cannot complain about this!

  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    I cannot complain about this!

  • Guest

    GENIUS!

    Now, Rhys Wakefield for the role of Bullseye…

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  • d

    My initial reaction is this is really good casting. He is a good actor and he can play bad, and he pretty much has the physique already. I think the actor playing Daredevil will do well also. It all starts with good casting.

  • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

    Good choice, but damn, if only Michael Clarke Duncan was still alive. Sniff sniff.

    • Hey…HEY!

      Then we could say, “See, Michael. That’s how to act!”

  • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

    Good choice, but damn, if only Michael Clarke Duncan was still alive. Sniff sniff.

  • Kyle Chandler

    Pretty excited for this show! While it was regrettable to see Goddard “leave”, if you’re going to replace someone, go with someone that has made one of the more badass action dramas in recent memory.

    And no, I’m not finished being upset about Wright being driven from Ant-man and replaced by the guy that directed “bring it on” in case you were wondering. Which I’m sure you were.

  • Kyle Chandler

    Pretty excited for this show! While it was regrettable to see Goddard “leave”, if you’re going to replace someone, go with someone that has made one of the more badass action dramas in recent memory.

    And no, I’m not finished being upset about Wright being driven from Ant-man and replaced by the guy that directed “bring it on” in case you were wondering. Which I’m sure you were.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Best choice to play the Kingpin. Really can’t wait to catch this on Netflix!

  • Leo Spaceman

    Vincent starred in Law and Order: Criminal Intent, not SVU. Just as bad a show, but not the same show.

  • TedSallis

    In related news Vincent D’Onofrio was seen crying and ordering P90X videos off of a late night Infomercial.

  • 80sRobot

    Good choice. I’ve also thought he’d make a good Bruce Banner, prior to the casting of Mark Ruffalo.

  • LEM

    Private Pyle better start eating some more jelly donuts.

  • vitextreeradar

    well i guess if he shaves his head and murdock is blonde im on board. who am i kidding id watch this if pee wee herman was playing the kingpin.

    • eternalozzie

      tell ‘em large marge … errrr … the kingpin sent you

  • GrimReaper07

    Except for Full Metal Jacket I hate D’Onofrio so these are awful news for me.

  • MJ

    That dweeb???

  • Daniel O’Reilly

    He was the creeptacular serial killer in The Cell with Jennifer Lopez. A great choice.

  • t

    Good choice. He’s fat already!

  • Kenneth Egan

    He was on Law and order criminal intent! not special victims unit! Yeesh! Research!!

  • Redjester

    Great choice. Donofrio is an severely underrated and under hired actor.

  • Doug_101

    Get that man some sugar water – stat!

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  • matt murdock

    A great choice. Vincent is a great actor. He was awesome as Private Pyle in FMJ and Bobby Goren in CI. He does not have the bulk or the presence of the late Michael Clarke Duncan. Mr. Duncan was the best thing in that Daredevil film.

  • matt murdock

    A great choice. Vincent is a great actor. He was awesome as Private Pyle in FMJ and Bobby Goren in CI. He does not have the bulk or the presence of the late Michael Clarke Duncan. Mr. Duncan was the best thing in that Daredevil film.

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