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