It what was perhaps the fastest rumor to basically confirmed superhero casting news ever, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Charlie Cox (“Boardwalk Empire,” Stardust) has been cast as Matt Murdock/Daredevil in the upcoming “Daredevil” Netflix original series from Marvel. Early this morning, Latino Review posted the casting as simply a rumor, only to have it confirmed by THR. Marvel is expected to make an official announcement soon.
Cox is the first piece of casting news to come out of the unprecedented Marvel/Netflix alliance that will result in a total of five original shows, starting with “Daredevil” in 2015. Virtually nothing has been known about the projects since they were first announced, though recently the intended “Daredevil” show runner Drew Goddard bowed out the project, most likely due to his commitment with directing the upcoming Sinister Six movie for Sony.
Unfortunately I’m unfamiliar with most of Cox’s acting credits, barring his role in Stardust, which was superseded so much by Robert DeNiro in that film that I still can’t gather enough of an opinion on him taking up this mantle. Of course, seeing as the Ben Affleck version of the character is widely considered a joke in most Internet circles, Cox doesn’t exactly have a legacy to maintain when it comes to a live-action depiction of the character. Those looking for good starting points on learning more about the character through his comic book roots should definitely check out Daredevil: Born Again by Frank Miller and Daredevil: Guardian Devil by Kevin Smith and Joe Quesada.