The much-hyped partnership between Marvel Studios and streaming content provider Netflix took one step closer to becoming a reality with the news that the lead role has been cast in the first joint venture between the two companies. The role of Matt Murdock in “Daredevil” will be played by Charlie Cox, who has played the recurring character of Owen on “Boardwalk Empire” for the past two seasons. Murdock is a blind lawyer who loses his sight in a childhood accident, but gains an extraordinary “radar sense” in the same accident. His other senses are heightened to superhuman levels. As an adult, he dons the guise of Daredevil to fight crime, based in Hell’s Kitchen in New York City. “Daredevil” will consist of 13 episodes.
Cox is the first person to be cast in the drama that is scheduled to debut on Netflix at some point in 2015. There was a recent shakeup at the top of the series, with Drew Goddard being replaced with Steven S. DeKnight as showrunner. Although Netflix and Marvel have not released any official statement regarding the casting of Cox, they are expected to make a statement in the near future.
Cox has been in serious demand during the past two pilot seasons. He was attached to an untitled drama for CBS that centered around Wall Street and was to be executive produced by John Cusack. However, the pilot for the series was never produced. He starred in a pilot for a drama titled “The Ordained” for CBS, but the network decided not to move forward with the series.
This is not the first time that Cox has been involved with a project that is based on a comic book. He also had a role in the 2007 film “Stardust” alongside Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Claire Danes. This was an adaptation of an acclaimed Neil Gaiman graphic novel. Along with “Daredevil,” Netflix is going to be producing other series based on Marvel characters. “Luke Cage,” “Iron Fist” and “Jessica Jones” will all air individual seasons before the characters combine forces in a miniseries called “The Defenders.”