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

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?


This article originally appears on TV Guide.com.

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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?
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Jun 12, 2014
Kingpin? I thought he was already Thor.
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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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Jun 11, 2014
:rimshot:
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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
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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.
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Jun 11, 2014
i will watch it for sure, with these people at the show, it will be amazing....
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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.
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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.
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Jun 11, 2014
Screw it, just shoot him from really low and stand him on an apple-box, it'll be fine.
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Jun 11, 2014
Good choice.
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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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Jun 11, 2014
"William"?
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Jun 11, 2014
No real interest in Daredevil but D"Onofrio is always a pleasure to watch.
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Jun 11, 2014
DONOFRIO &3 &3 &3 i would watch this just for him!!!!!
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Jun 11, 2014
I'm a big fan of Vince ever since the Jelly Donut! I've never been a fan of Daredevil.Always liked the Kingpin.
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Jun 11, 2014
I just love Vincent D'Onofrio! He is soooo intense! I am already scared thinking what he is going to do with the part!
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Jun 11, 2014
I approve of the face and the acting skills, but he's a bit small.


On the other hand, so is everyone else.
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Jun 11, 2014
I was thinking its probably a voice acting role. I didnt read the article.
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Jun 11, 2014
Gotta say: really interesting casting.

D'Onofrio doesn't really look the part (honestly, except for the late, great Michael Clarke Duncan, who does?), but he can definitely play the part.

Man, this series is shapping up to be really good... unless, you know, Jeph Loeb screws it up, as he usually does.

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Jun 10, 2014
This one of the great underrated actors who deserves all the opportunities he can get. This is great news indeed.
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Jun 10, 2014
A lot of people don't realize just how great a range Vincent has. He's one of the best T.V.(and movie) actors out there and he's going to elevate this show just by being in it.
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Jun 10, 2014
Perfect choice that actor knows how to do powerful, commanding and dark
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Jun 10, 2014



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Jun 10, 2014
Sounds like a lot of interesting shows are coming up on Netflix, but it worries me that the showrunner created that shitty Spartacus show.
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Jun 11, 2014
You are down right nuts if you think Spartacus is a shitty show. The first few episodes were less than spectacular but after that it never let up and finished on top. Which is more than 98% of shows can claim when they are done..
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Jun 10, 2014
Spartacus was the best show possible to be made about this unknown hero. Neither the nudity or the violence were gratuitous.
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Jun 11, 2014
Well, to be completely honest, some of it was. A lot of it actually. (When recently freed slaves take control of a city, how the hell do they have topless girls dancing to entertain the men as they're drinking all the wine they can find?) But I still sort of agree with you, because a lot of the nudity that idiots say was gratuitous wasn't gratuitous at all.
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Jun 11, 2014
It says a lot about you that you call someone an idiot for having an opinion.
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Jun 10, 2014
It worries me even more you consider Spartacus a shitty show.
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Jun 10, 2014
Yeah seriously. Spartacus was one of the best showed produced in the past five years(plot, directing, acting, dialogue all top notch). Some people couldn't get past the ultra-violence and nudity though.
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Jun 10, 2014
I agree, it was a hidden gem in its time. Sure, it looked like it was filled with mindless action and plenty of gratuitous nudity, but underneath that was a show that was high quality on almost every level.
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Jun 12, 2014
They must have hid it well, because unfortunately they destroyed any "quality" with smut and violence, like it was meant to cater to the braindead male masses... I'm still not convinced, seeing as it's as usual only men who react to my comment here - and they just love that kind of stuff.
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Jun 10, 2014
Interesting...he obviously doesn't bring the physical dimension that the late, great Mr Duncan did, but he is a superb actor and should do well with whatever material's given him.

Also, Steven S. Knight is going to run this thing? Woo hoo! Will Marvel/Netflix sign off on some NC17 content? Full frontal Elektra!
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Jun 10, 2014
Really good choice!
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Jun 10, 2014
A good choice!!
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Jun 12, 2014
Also just realized that D'Onofrio played the villain in Men in Black.....I never pieced that together haha
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