Charlie Cox has been cast as the lead in Netflix’s upcoming 13 episode drama series Daredevil, TVWise has learned.
Cox will play Matt Murdock who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses and fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.
The actor, repped by WME and United Agents, is arguably best known for his roles on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and fantasy film Stardust. More recently he starred in the BBC spy drama Legacy and CBS’ Untitled Wall Street Drama Pilot, which like last year’s The Ordained did not go to series.
Daredevil is part of a bumper deal with Netflix which calls for Marvel (in association with ABC Studios) to produce four drama series and one mini connecting the four, all of which will be shot on location in New York City. In addition to Daredevil, those series are Jessica Knight, Luke Cage and Iron Fist; while the mini-series connecting all four will be known as The Defenders. Daredevil is set to premiere on Netflix in 2015.
Charlie Cox is the first actor to officially board Netflix’s Daredevil series, which is slated to begin production later this year. The casting comes shortly after Marvel and Netflix announced that Drew Goddard, who wrote the series’ opening two episodes, would not be serving as showrunner, but would remain on as an executive producer. Instead, the two companies drafted in former Spartacus creator Steven S. DeKnight to serve as showrunner.