Now here’s a big surprise for your Tuesday as Marvel’s Daredevil gets its first new cast addition in The Walking Dead and The Wolf of Wall Street‘s Jon Bernthal, who will be playing the role of Frank Castle aka The Punisher.
Per Marvel’s press release announcing the casting, head of Marvel television, Jeph Loeb, had this to say:
Jon Bernthal brings an unmatched intensity to every role he takes on, with a potent blend of power, motivation and vulnerability that will connect with audiences. Castle’s appearance will bring dramatic changes to the world of Matt Murdock and nothing will be the same.
This iteration of the popular character is described as “a vigilante who aims to clean up New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen, by any means necessary, no matter how lethal results”.
According to rumor, it looks like the series will be looking to add a Bullseye soon as well, and possibly an Elektra. Though the Jason Statham rumors for the former have died on the vine a bit.
Daredevil and The Punisher have had a long-running antagonistic relationship in the comics and if that forms a major back-bone of the upcoming new season next year, we’re in for a real treat. It looks like 2016 is shaping up to be the year when heroes clash, between this, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Captain America: Civil War.
What do you think of this new addition? Bernthal looks to be pretty spot-on casting, and definitely has the chops to play the no-nonsense Castle.
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