Vincent D’Onofrio has officially been hired to villainize Netflix’s “Daredevil” as Wilson Fisk a.k.a. The Kingpin. The Hollywood Reporter says he is Likely not at “supervillain” status when Netflix’s 13-episode series kicks off in 2015”. It is unclear which main villains have been identified but Mr. Fear, Typhoid Mary, Eel (Stryke), Insomnia or even Bullseye will be excellent choices.
Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb says:
“We’re incredibly proud to have an actor with the gravitas and versatility of Vincent joining ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ in such an integral role,”
“Wilson Fisk is an iconic villain whose cunning and power make him the dangerous equal of our hero.”
Fisk is described as “a powerful businessman whose interests in the future of Hell’s Kitchen will bring him into conflict with Murdock.” We got to see the oversized villain for the first time on big screen in the disastrous 2003 “Daredevil” portrayed by Michael Clarke Duncan who sadly passed away two years ago.
D’Onofrio is best known for his role as Detective Robert Goren on NBC’s series “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”. He will be joined by Boardwalk Empire’s Charlie Cox who is selected to portray the titular character. Marvel’s 13-episode drama series will be helmed by Steven S. DeKnight of “Spartacus” after Drew Goddard of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Lost” left the project as showrunner over the weekend. Goddard is a huge loss as director considering his wealth of knowledge and experience but luckily the studio will keep him on as an executive producer and consultant.
Daredevil is not the only series coming to the streaming giant. Disney and Netflix joined forces to stream at least four original series based on Marvel characters. Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage will be joining the list of focus characters to make their way to Netflix. Four thirteen-episode series are also expected to culminate in a miniseries titled “The Defenders”.