Criminal Intent Alum Vincent D'Onofrio Will Play Daredevil's Kingpin for Netflix

By NatalieAbrams

Jun 10, 2014

Former Law & Order: Criminal Intent star Vincent D'Onofrio has joined the cast of Netflix's Daredevil as the series' main villain, Marvel announced Tuesday.

Daredevil tells the story of Matt Murdock, a blind lawyer-turned-crime-fighter who will be played by Boardwalk Empire's Charlie Cox. D'Onofrio will play Wilson Fisk, the feared and powerful crime lord otherwise known as Kingpin. Fisk's interests in the future of Hell's Kitchen will bring him into conflict with Daredevil.

"We're incredibly proud to have an actor with the gravitas and versatility of Vincent joining Marvel's Daredevil in such an integral role," Jeph Loeb, Marvel's head of television, said in a statement. "Wilson Fisk is an iconic villain whose cunning and power make him the dangerous equal of our hero."

The role was previously brought to life by the late Michael Clarke Duncan in the 2003 film Daredevil, which starred Ben Affleck as the titular hero.

Daredevil is part of Netflix's huge deal with Marvel Comics; it's the first of four Marvel series coming to streaming service. The others center on Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, with an Avengers-like combo series planned as well. 

Netflix hasn't announced a premiere date for Daredevil, but production is scheduled to begin in July, and the 13-episode series is expected to debut sometime in 2015. Spartacus creator Steven S. DeKnight was recently named the series' showrunner.

Will you watch Daredevil?

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  • Mysterv Jul 22, 2014

    "The others center on Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, with an Avengers-like combo series planned as well."
    Aside from Daredevil it sounds like they will be focusing on the B-Team of Marvel.
    Avengers-like combo? Could it be The Defenders?

  • shocker713 Jun 12, 2014

    Kingpin? I thought he was already Thor.

  • Tapponen Jun 11, 2014

    I hope they do the serie in Daredevils Point of view.. Think it will be alot darker then

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  • Marburg66 Jun 11, 2014

    I love Daredevil because of Frank Millers writing run on the comic back in the 80's so I'm really interested in checking the show out.
    To me, Vincent seems like an excellent choice to play a guy like The Kingpin. He has the acting chops to pull off a role like that in his sleep & will do the part as well as he can (best we can hope for right now is that the writing will be good enough to make Fisk believable.)

    As far as people complaining about his size discrepancy from the comics (& more in general, those who tend to complain overall how superhero screen adaptations differ from the comic book pages) I just gotta say: I used to be like that, so I understand.

    ...but, I think the people who do get peeved about that sort of thing would really prefer an animated series over a live-action show even if they deny it to themselves or others.

    A guy that large in a live action series would make it pitifully ridiculous to even watch him walk through doorways, get in a limo, or even walk at all for that matter when you get right down to it

  • kanniballl Jun 11, 2014

    We've seen Vincent puff up a bit for some of his roles. That dude takes his acting seriously.

    I enjoy his work... and honestly this is the first bit of news that makes me want to watch the series.

    I don't mind Daredevil... but I'm not his biggest fan. Add in that this is the 12+ tv adaptation of a comic line lately and it sours my taste for it. But if Vincent's in it, I'll at least give it a chance.

  • DesertWolf Jun 11, 2014

    i will watch it for sure, with these people at the show, it will be amazing....

  • chrisb75 Jun 11, 2014

    I'm a huge Daredevil fan, big fan of Vincent and cant think of a better guy to play Kingpin. Incredible role (assuming he's written well) for an incredible actor. Would love to see who they cast for Stick, Elektra and Bullseye, assuming they appear.
    Don't talk to me about the Movie. Just don't *weeps*
    Bring on this show (and the others) ASAP.

  • JT_Kirk Jun 11, 2014

    Great actor, albeit a scenery-chewer, he'll really fit Wilson Fisk's mental acuity and style. He used to be studly, he was "Thor" in Adventures in Babysitting, but he put on a bunch of weight for Full Metal Jacket and the physical toll never quite left him - I really, REALLY hope he doesn't try to do something like that with Kingpin, the character is like 600 pounds, he's ridiculously broad (yet somehow incredibly agile and physically dangerous, because comic books are silly). Hopefully they figure out a way to make the character look exceptionally fat and large without making another guy put on the pounds - Michael Clarke Duncan put on 40 pounds and still never really looked quite right, so it's not going to work that way trying to "big" an actor up.

  • JT_Kirk Jun 11, 2014

    Screw it, just shoot him from really low and stand him on an apple-box, it'll be fine.

  • sleepy-sonic Jun 11, 2014

    Good choice.

  • A10sbum Jun 11, 2014

    I was never a huge fan of daredevil as I was with say the avengers but marvel (as with DC such as arrow) have done such a great job showcasing there heroes that I will try it out for sure.

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