Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead, Mob City) has joined the cast of Netflix’s Marvel series Daredevil for its upcoming 13 episode second season as a series regular. He will play Frank Castle (AKA The Punisher), one of Marvel’s most popular characters, he is a vigilante who aims to clean up New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen by any means necessary, no matter how lethal the results.
“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,” said Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television. “Castle’s appearance will bring dramatic changes to the world of Matt Murdock and nothing will be the same.”
Bernthal, who starred on the first two seasons of The Walking Dead, joins a returning cast which includes Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Franklin “Foggy” Nelson and Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple. Under a recently inked talent deal, Dawson’s character Claire Temple may also appear in some of Netflix’s other Marvel series.
The first of four Marvel series for Netflix, Daredevil follows 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 drama series is produced by ABC Studios and Marvel Television, with Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez serving as executive producers.